What child doesn’t love ‘afters’? At home I have memories of a big bowl of microwave sponge pudding with jam and custard, a creamy, wobbly rabbit blancmange, or a packet of Angel Delight, whipped up into a sickly sweet mousse…I loved to lick the whisk clean while waiting for the mix to set up!
I want to give my little guy as many sweet memories as I had with puddings, I don’t want to be strict and deny him those little treats, but I also don’t want to ply him with unnecessary refined sugars, animal based gelatin or artificial colourings and preservatives.
That’s why I love experimenting with my box of agar flakes! It can give really unusual texture to the simplest of things, no horrible pork gelatine needed, and it is so quick and easy to use, look here for my junk free baby jelly recipe.
I thought it might be possible to make a blancmange-e-esque pudding in a similar way to my baby jellies. It worked. A delicious, wobbly, strawberry milkshake pudding in a pot!
6 ripe strawberries
1/2 tbsp agar flakes
Using a stick blender/food processor blend the strawberries and milk until smooth.
Place mixture in a saucepan and sprinkle over the agar flakes.
Bring to the boil without stirring, then reduce the heat and stir in the flakes until fully dissolved (approx 5 minutes).
Strain into dishes to catch the strawberry seeds and foam that may have formed.
Chill until set, then enjoy. I added some extra strawberry slices to mine.
After several tapioca disasters using rice milk and coconut milk, I stuck to good old cows milk for this blancmange attempt. I don’t see why it wont work with a non-dairy alternative and I promise I will try it out for our reflux friend soon! Unless they beat me to it…in which case, let me know how it turns out!!
Don’t forget to look at some of my other baby recipes, good for the whole family.