Creamsicle Puddin

OJ + Cream > Puddin Magic!

I’ve always been a fan of creamsicles; a one-of-a-kind marriage of orange juice and cream! I imagined this pudding and am so glad to add to my vast puddin collection. You’re gonna love it!

Studded with Bites of Orange

INGREDIENTS:

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • Salt – 1/8 tsp. 
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp.  [for color]
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp [or allspice]
  • Sugar – 1-1/2 TBS.
  • Tapioca flour –  2-1/2 TBS., or cornstarch, or arrowroot
  • Agar – 1/2 tsp., gelatin

WET INGREDIENTS

  • Orange/Tangerine juice – 1 1/2 cups
  • Half n half – 1/2 c. [or oat milk] creaminess is important [rice milk, etc. is too thin]
  • Ginger, fresh – 1 TBS. grated, then squeeze for juice
  • Rice vinegar – 1 tsp.
  • Vanilla – 1 tsp
  • Orange slices – 1/4 cup, [optional] small dice

OPTION: Adding an orange liqueur boosts this mightily!

  • Variation: Add 2 TBS. Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, or other orange liqueur

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a small pot combine the dry ingredients: salt, turmeric, cinnamon, sugar, tapioca flour, and agar.
  2. Add about a 1/4 cup of juice to the pot and stir well to blend into a paste.
  3. Add the remaining liquids: juice, milk, ginger juice, and vinegar.
  4. Bring to the simmer while stirring occasionally, stay by the stove– just a few minutes.
  5. Off heat add the vanilla and liqueur if using.
  6. Pour into a serving bowl or ramekins.
  7. After 15 minutes or so, add the diced orange and stir gently to distribute.
  8. Chill completely.

Toppings:

  • Chopped pecans
  • Cookie crumbles
  • Whipped Cream or Greek yogurt

BUBBLE TEA TAPIOCA PEARLS

RECIPE OPTION: I love the tapioca pearls that make drinking bubble tea so exciting. These pearls become soft, round nibbles hiding within puddins.

Tapioca Pearls for Bubble Tea and now Pantry Puddins

TO MAKE: purchase tapioca pearls at Asian markets.

You want the larger ones—about the size of a pea.

Bring a couple of cups of water to a boil, then add a 1/3 cup of pearls to the pot and cover, lower heat to a simmer and poach for about 30 minutes. Look for the pearls to become transparent. Keep simmering until this happens.

Begin to sample and when the pearls are soft, but still hold their shape, drain off the liquid. Add in a tsp of vanilla and some maple syrup or honey and then cover and steep until cool.

Use these pearls in most any soft dessert. I add them to the pudding, about 30 minutes into cooling so they will become suspended in the pudding. Your diners will go bonkers over tapioca bubbles in their pudding!

© 2021 Bill Hettig

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