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.
I immediately knew what I had to make.
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
*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.
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!
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.