- 4 allspice berries
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
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- 1 vanilla pod, split, or ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 x 400ml cans full-fat coconut milk
Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…
- 200g caster sugar
- a little vegetable or sunflower oil, for greasing
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- 1 ripe mango, 1 cheek cut into small dice and set aside to serve, remaining 140g/5oz roughly chopped
- juice ½ lime
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- 4 tbsp agar-agar flakes
ay-gar ay-gar (ay as in hay)
This jelly-like food was discovered in the mid-17th century in Japan and is made from varieties…
- 2 crinkly passion fruits, to serve
- mint leaves, to serve
- toasted coconut shavings, to serve
Put the allspice berries and cardamom pods in a large saucepan. Use the end of a rolling pin to gently split open the cardamom pods and crack the allspice into a few pieces. Add the remaining spices, coconut milk and 140g of the caster sugar to the pan. Set over a gentle heat and simmer for 5 mins. Cool, then chill overnight.
Grease 4 x 200ml pudding moulds, ramekins or pretty glasses with a little oil (you can skip this if you don’t want to turn the creams out once set). Put the remaining sugar, mango, and lime juice in a food processor and blend to a purée. Sieve the purée into a saucepan, sprinkle 1 tbsp agar agar flakes over the surface and leave to stand for 5 mins or until the agar agar has dissolved. Stir the agar agar into the purée and bring to a gentle heat, then simmer for 3-5 mins, stirring now and then, until the purée has thickened slightly. Divide between the moulds and chill for at least 2 hrs or until set.
Sieve the infused coconut milk into a clean pan and discard the spices. Sprinkle over the remaining agar agar flakes and leave for 5 mins until the agar agar has dissolved. Heat gently for 3-5 mins, stirring now and then. Divide the mixture between the moulds and chill for at least 4 hrs, or overnight.
To serve, dip the base of each mould into hot water for 10 secs or so, then turn out onto a plate. Top each dessert with a little chopped mango, some passion fruit seeds and a small sprig of mint, then sprinkle the coconut flakes around the plate.
Get aheadPrepare up to 1 day ahead (agar agar can turn desserts watery if left for too long).