Baked Apple Maple Custard #dairyfree #sugarfree

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“I hope there’s pudding!”
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

This is a comforting, warm, easy-to-digest pudding that tastes delicious. It only takes a few minutes to throw together, which is also a nice bonus. I’ve long been a fan of baked custard, and I’ve modified my grandmother’s original recipe so that it is dairy free and refined sugar-free too. You are welcome to experiment with different kinds of non-dairy milk for this recipe. I’ve tried most, and they are all good.

Being a high-protein dessert, there’s no reason why you couldn’t have this on its own as a meal. When I’m feeling tired or poorly I often do.

 

Ingredients:

2 medium apples – peeled and cut into small chunks or slices, 6 eggs, 1/2 cup coconut cream and 2 cups of your choice of soy/almond/rice milk, 3 tablespoons maple syrup or to taste, 1 teaspoon vanilla, a little coconut oil to grease dish, grated nutmeg, cinnamon.

* Note – I have also made this with 2 1/2 cups of coconut milk instead of the coconut cream and milk of your choice. If you need this recipe to be completely sugar-free it works just fine with an equivalent amount of natural sugar substitute. I use Natvia- a form of stevia – and it tastes brilliant! 

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celcius or 300 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a four cup capacity dish, and find a baking tray large enough for it to sit within.
  3. Beat eggs, coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla and milk together with a whisk or fork.
  4. Place apple in bottom of dish and sprinkle with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Pour egg mixture into the greased dish. Don’t panic when the apple rises from the bottom. It’s meant to!
  5. Grate or sprinkle nutmeg over the top of the custard. (I am a firm lover of fresh nutmeg – once you’ve tried it you’ll never go back to the packaged stuff!) maple custard
  6. Fill baking tray with cold water so that it comes halfway up the side of the custard dish.
  7. Place carefully into oven and bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until set.  Custard will be firm under your touch, although it may still be a bit wobbly in the middle.  It will firm more as it cools.

*Note: Oven temperatures vary widely. You need to cook this slowly to be rewarded with a thick, well set dish. If it is cooked at too high a temperature you will have lots of bubbles in your custard. Unless you have used low temperatures in your oven before, you need to check your custard after thirty minutes. After thirty minutes, if the custard has not picked up some colour and begun to set, your oven is too slow and you will need to adjust the temperature up a little. When I cook this at my farm in my Falcon Oven which is fan-forced electric, it takes 40 minutes to bake my custard. When I cook this dish in the city, my old gas oven takes 60 minutes.

Serve hot or cold. The apple will now be soft and moist with a little caramelisation on the top of your dessert. Beneath a light fluffy layer will be a dense rich egg custard that is velvety smooth. Scrumptious!

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Coconut, Ginger and Cardamom Rice Pudding Recipe – Vegan

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Because my Power Word for 2013 is HEALTH, I’ve been modifying a few of my favourite recipes.

This creamy-sweet rice pudding has the added lusciousness of Indian spices, and is entirely dairy, gluten and cane-sugar free.  And it’s vegan to boot, for those of you who are lovers of plant-based diets.

It can be eaten warm or chilled, so it’s perfect for any time of the year.

Ingredients: 1 x 400ml can of coconut cream, 1/2 cup of rice of your choice, 12 green cardamon pods, an inch of freshly grated or finely chopped ginger root, 1/3 cup of palm sugar, raw honey or maple syrup (or to taste), pinch of salt.

Method:

Using a mortar and pestle, lightly crush the cardamom pods. You could also do this with the blade of a heavy knife. This releases the aromatic oils from the tiny seeds inside the pods.  If you are especially finicky you can pull out all the green pods, leaving just the seeds, but I never bother.  They soften up when you cook them, so you can either eat them or dig them out later.

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Tip your can of coconut cream into a large saucepan, and then use the empty can and add one and a half cans of water to the pot.

Grate your ginger and add the ginger and crushed cardamom to the pot, then bring to the boil.  Now slowly sprinkle in your rice, stirring well.  Let it boil for a minute or two and then bring your pot down to a slow simmer.  Stir every so often so it doesn’t stick on the bottom. It will take about 40 to 60 minutes for your pudding to cook, depending on how low you have your heat. (Add a little more water if needed.) Test the rice – if it is soft, and the mixture is thick and creamy, it is ready.

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Add in your sweetener, checking as you go, so you don’t add in too much. Then add a pinch of good salt and check that you are happy with the taste.

There is nothing more to be done except eat and enjoy!

Some of my favourite serving options include a spoonful of creamy coconut yogurt  (you can often find this in health food stores) over the top, and a little seasonal fruit.

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For a special occasion, layer it into a glass with some fresh or preserved fruit and a good yogurt, and top with some crushed pistachio or toasted crushed cashew nuts.

If you liked this recipe, you might want to try my:

Mandarin and Coconut Jelly Recipe

Healthy Breakfast Parfait Recipe

Here’s a sneak preview of the Breakfast Parfait, which you can use to inspire you about serving suggestions with your Coconut, Ginger and Cardamom Rice Pudding…

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Healthy Breakfast Parfait Recipe

I love this raw food recipe as it can be assembled ahead of time, and makes a tasty breakfast, healthy dessert or a great ‘anytime’ snack. It is a simple combination of bircher muesli and fresh seasonal fruit, but the combination of flavours is a real winner!

Kids love to make and eat this dish, so get them into the kitchen for this one.

It can also be made vegan and dairy-free, by choosing an appropriate yoghurt. Use a low fat yoghurt if you are detoxing, losing weight or looking after your liver. This can also be made sugar-free by choosing sugar-free muesli or using plain rolled oats, and a yoghurt that is also sugar free.

Ingredients:

1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries, or your favourite seasonal fruit

1 cup of unsweetened apple juice – freshly pressed if possible (you could also substitute water, other juice, or any kind of milk) I used organic Pink Lady apples, and they are divine.

1 cup of yoghurt of your choice (Put some love into your yoghurt choice – it makes all the difference to the flavour and texture. I’m using a sugar-free coconut yoghurt.  For vegans, and people with dairy intolerance coconut yoghurt is the bomb! Soy yoghurt works beautifully too.)

1 cup of raw muesli or plain old raw rolled oats!

Optional – 2 tablespoons of mixed seeds such as chia, sunflower, linseed etc. I’m using Kapai Puku.

Method:

Juice your apple/s to make one cup of fresh juice. Don’t you love the pretty pink colour of this Pink Lady apple juice? It certainly lived up to its name.

Place the muesli or oats into a bowl and add the apple juice, stirring gently to combine.  Let this sit for a minute or so while you wash and drain your strawberries.

Now add your yoghurt to the oat mixture and stir through.  Dump in the seed mix if you are using it, stir again, cover and let sit for one hour so that the oats and seeds swell and absorb the extra liquid. If you live in a warm climate, place your mixture in the fridge.

Dice up your strawberries (or other seasonal fruit). Add a layer to the bottom of a glass. Stir your oat mixture, which will now be thick, and dollop a spoonful in, pressing down well.  Continue to layer the bircher muesli and fruit until you get to the top of the glass. This can now be returned to the fridge for a few hours, or overnight. It improves with a little extra time for the flavours to amalgamate, but hey, if you ate it straight away it would still be delicious.  Enjoy! ♥

PS. Variations:

A friend on facebook just prompted me to remember some sensational variations on this little parfait recipe, that I thought I’d share.

1. Decadent Parfait (Suitable for a dinner party) – substitute cream for the yoghurt, and add a heaped spoonful of raw cacao powder and a dollop of honey or agave. This gives you a heavenly chocolate strawberry dessert! Of course you could always just throw in the cacao and honey (if needed)  and have yourself a choc-berry parfait for breakfast. Hooray!

2.  Green Parfait (Healthy as anything) To your oat mixture add a heaped spoonful of spirulina powder and a spoonful of blackstrap molasses. That will turn your bircher muesli green, but in the best of ways, and the taste is still creamy and delicious, with all the extra nutritional benefits of these superfoods.