Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pineapple Pudding

Here’s a really simple dessert that is suitable for any occasion and makes use of less than five ingredients. It can be put together very quickly when you are craving something sweet. However, consider yourself warned - it IS loaded with calories.


The other day I was going through my food cupboard and came across some canned pineapples and a long-forgotten can of condensed milk, stashed away at the back.
I immediately knew what I had to make.


This is a recipe for a simple and sweet pineapple pudding.


Ingredients:
¾ can (14 fl oz) of sweetened condensed milk
1 can (15 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
1 envelope gelatin (You could use whatever substitute you have available.)
A big handful of dried cranberries

Please note:
*Do not use fresh/frozen pineapple if you are using gelatin as the gelling agent. The fresh fruit contains an enzyme that breaks down the protein in the gelatin, it will fail to firm up and the end- product will be watery. Canning/heating pineapple breaks down the enzyme and it can be used without a problem.



* Gelatin is a protein produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the bones and connective tissues of animals such as the domesticated cattle, pigs and horses.(Source:
Wikipedia)

Strict vegetarians/vegans are better off using agar-agar or other similar substitutes. Though we are Kerala brahmins and most of
our clan practices strict vegetarianism, we only do what we find practical and convenient.

But I digress… before you lose interest competely, let me continue with the recipe!



Method:
Dissolve an envelope of gelatin in a cup of hot water. Stir to mix everything well.

Add the drained and crushed pineapple to the condensed milk along with the cranberries and mix well. Add the dissolved gelatin & mix again.

Pour into molds (I used my muffin pan) and refrigerate for an hour or so till the pudding sets.
Sprinkle a few cranberries on the top and serve cold.

Verdict: It was a little too sweet even for me, considering the fact that I am the one with the sweet tooth in the family, but my husband loved it.
I would cut down on the amount of condensed milk used the next time I make this
.

55 Burps:

Laavanya said...

These look positively dainty and you are right.. these are very easy to make too! :) Love 'em

Mansi Desai said...

That looks beautiful TBC...and simple too...Pineapples go well with condensed milk..the pic is very nice!

Cris said...

Hi... this looks great, easy and delicious! I add heavy cream (or soy cream) to break the sweetness. I am making your hummus this evening... can I post it on my blog? Thanks!

Rajitha said...

yummy...love individual sized dessert..should make this with agar-magar ;)i know..bad joke..

musical said...

The pudding looks like a grogeous beauty! And great tip regarding the use of crushed canned pineapple. While cooking with pineapple and papaya thats one thing to keep in mind always (and someone like me surely would tend to forget it!!).

Now, may have a lil' bite of the pudding, plzzzzzzzz :).

Tee said...

looks so pretty! My husband will surely love this as he is a big pineapple fan :)

Bhawna said...

Can i have a piece...gosh its so tempting.

Mallika said...

Looks very simple and delicious. I must try this soon.

Madhu said...

That looks so pretty and delicious. My kid would love this.

Puspha said...

1st time here. The pudding looks fabulous.

Suganya said...

Wow! Silky and custardy. Beautiful TBC.

Shankari said...

This looks like the kind of dessert I would like. I will reduce the condensed milk and try it :)

Roopa said...

wow pudding looks awesome sure my try next :) i never knew of the fresh pineapple breaking the enzymes thanks for the info!

Sharmi said...

the pudding looks so nice and cute. a very different kind of pudding though right?

Richa said...

looks inviting!
i make something similar, i liked ur idea of setting it individually!

bhags said...

the pics look so nice....must have tasted great

Daily Meals said...

Pudding looks delicious!

Cinnamon said...

Yummy Yummy!!!! What a treat to eyes!!

Nags said...

looks awesome. i am a total dessert freakout fan! :D

Shella said...

TBC - the pudding looks lovely. Can you pass me a spooon, or will I have to use my fingers. I am ready to dig in both ways. Love it....n pineapple is one of my favorites fruits for that matter.

Asha said...

Beautiful looking dessert tbc, loved the photo sweetie!:))

Padma said...

That looks awesome, wish I could taste it!

Madhavi said...

Wow!pineapple pudding looks delicious. You seem to be very creative.I also liked the way you reviewed your recipe.
i'll definetly try this when possible and let u know how it comes
madhavi

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow.....U are a life-saver tbc......I tasted this pudding somewhere long time ago....Infact I even noted down the recipe from her....but lost it somewhere..Thanks to u....I have the recipe back again...I simply love this.......:-)

bindiya said...

Delicious as usual,good recipe!

Grihini said...

Whoa.. !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think i too have a tin of pineapple in my pantry..got to try this.. Thanks for sharing.

Hema said...

Hi TBC

Love the frills...almost looks like a table draped with a long tablecloth. Seems simple too. Thanks for sharing.

Sharmi said...

how did you like the curry? you did not tell me that?

Sharmi said...

the email part works for ppl who have outlook or lotus enabled. sorry about that. now I am trying to change it so that who do not have such option also can email me.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Your pudding looke nice, but somehow no one in the family likes gelatine! If i could use some thing else, it wolud be nice!:))

Sreelu said...

TBC, this is delicious,kids would love it

Shweta said...

What a lovely recipe and what a beautiful blog! There is so much I can learn from here! I am adding you to my blogroll, hope that is okay :)

sunita said...

Absolutely divine...

Happy cook said...

MMMM calories or not i love them. It looks delicious.

Nirmala said...

Wow! This looks so good and so simple. Thanks for sharing!

bee said...

isn't it someone's birthday today? happy birthday to you.

Rohini's kitchen said...

Wow Pineapple pudding looks awesome!

Kribha said...

Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing this nice recipe. Btw, how did you get those nice frills?

SHANTI BHANU said...

i really liked the pineappple pudding

Suma Gandlur said...

Those pictures are tempting though I don't consume gelatin.

Seena said...

that looks wonderful, TBC!

TBC said...

Sorry for not responding to all of your comments sooner, ladies. You know how life can get in the way sometimes!:-)I am also sorry for not being able to respond to each comment individually but I hope you girls know how much each and every single one of them means to me:-)

Laavanya, Mansi, Rajitha, Musical, Tee, Bhawna, Mallika, Madhu, Pushpa(welcome!),Suganya,
Shankari,Roopa, Sharmi,Richa, Bhags, Daily meals, Cinnamon, Nags, Shella, Asha, Padma, Madhavi, Sirisha, Bindiya, Grihini, Hema, Sreelu, Shweta, Sunita, Happy Cook,Nirmala, Rohini,Shanti & Seena-THANK YOU so much for taking the time to comment here.

Cris- I saw your version & I like what you have done. Beautiful pics too!


Latha & Suma- you do not have to use gelatin. I have given links to other substitutes in my post.
Hopefully one of those would work for you.


Kribha- those " nice frills" just happened! I didn't have any molds to make 'em in. So I used my muffin tin & placed a layer of plastic wrap at the bottom of each cup. When the pudding set and I took of the layer of plastic wrap, that's how they happened to look. It was not intentional at all but I was pretty pleased with the outcome:-)

TBC said...

Bee-:-)

Jyothsna said...

That's one cool dessert! Thanks for the tips. Looks like a tough life for vegetarians! :) Btw, happy bday!

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

wow!!..it looks just tooo great...mouth watering, tbc !!..love the casual frill effect on the pudding

TBC said...

Jyothsna, thanks & you are welcome:-)
Thanks so much for the b-day wishes:-)


Sona-thanks dear:-)you are too kind.
The frill effect was not intentional(see how it came about in my response to Kribha's comment, if you would like to know how)

Kamini said...

HI TBC,
This post totally reminded me of the time I generously offered to make a pineapple pudding for a friend of my mother in law. Never knew about fresh pineapple and gelatin. I kept adding more and more gelatin and the damn thing just would not set. Finally remade the whole thing with canned pineapple. Learnt my lesson well. It was pretty similar to your recipe which by the way sounds so simple and looks so so cute...

TBC said...

Kamini, there u are! where have you been? no new posts for a long time now. I hope everything is o.k..
Thanks dear, for stopping by:-)

Purnima said...

TBC,
Wow..same pinch..I m the only one at my home wt a sweet-tooth!!Ok..I shall reduce cond.milk to 1/2 can then..wd revert back!Thanks for visiting my blog..keep coming back!!I m adding you on my blogger list. Thanks again for lovely recipe posted!!

TBC said...

Purnima: thnaks for stopping by & thanks for adding me to your list:-)Do let me know how the pudding turns out with just half the amount of condensed milk. I too have to try that out.

Amna said...

Wow!lovely recipe and soo simple to make,lovely idea .Also would like to take this opportunity to let you know that instead of using gelatin which basically comes from an animal source ,you could substitute it with agar agar
also called as china grass,this is basically a dried seaweed (algae to be exact ) and has similar gelatinising properties .For this recipe you could use about 5 strips of agar of about 6 inches length,cut them into small strips ,dissolve in hot boiling water and it can be added to the recipe easily!

TBC said...

Amna- welcome! Hope to see you around here more often:-)
I have indicated in my post that gelatin IS from an animal source. I have also given links to other options for strict vegetarians. We are vegetarians too and I looked for agar-agar but was unable to find any , hence decided to go ahead with this:-)

Do give it a shot when you can. You will not be disappointed. You might want to cut down on the sugar a bit 'cos mine was a little too sweet.

SeeC said...

Hi TBC,

Looks very professional.
Thanks for sharing this simple recipe.

I prefer to go with agar-agar. Will try it sometime and let you know how it turned.

Purnima said...

TBC--finally after a waiting period of 2 months frm reading i cd make PP--this turned out yummy ..next time i shall use canned or heated fruit for the set-effect! [BTW-u r just 7 days younger to me in bday month ;) ]

Sophie said...

This looks cool and refreshing. I like how it isn't very complicated but still sounds delicious! I'd like to include your recipe on our blog, please let me know if you're interested.

Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger
Sophie@keyingredient.com

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