July 31, 2011

honeydew kanten


This is a nice and cooling dessert on a hot summer day. Who needs air conditioning when this well-chilled kanten instantly cools your body off? Since there is no added sweetener, I recommend using fresh fruits in season to maximize the sweetness. The strawberry topping is optional but it does brighten up the whole dessert. The recipe yields 4 to 6 servings depending on the size of the dessert cups and requires one honeydew melon.

Ingredients

Melon kanten
4 cups melon chunks
1/2 cup apple juice
1 TBS + 1 tsp agar flakes
Pinch of salt

Melon ball topping
1 cup melon balls
1/3 cup apple juice
1 tsp agar flakes
Pinch of salt
1 tsp kuzu dissolved in 1 TBS apple juice

Strawberry topping
3/4 cup fresh strawberries, diced
1/3 cup apple juice
1 tsp agar flakes
Pinch of salt
1 tsp kuzu dissolved in 1 TBS apple juice

Directions
  1. First, cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds. Using a melon baller or a measuring teaspoon, cut out melon balls. After you make sure you have enough for decoration, peel and cut the rest in chunks for the kanten part.
  2. To make melon kanten, place apple juice, agar flakes and a pinch of salt in a small pot and heat until the agar flakes are completely dissolved (about 10 minutes). 
  3. Purée the melon chunks in a blender (you should have about 2 cups) and place in a separate pot. Warm up on a medium flame. Add the apple juice/agar mixture to the melon purée. Pour into individual dessert cups and set aside to cool. 
  4. To make the melon ball topping, place apple juice, agar flakes and a pinch of salt in another pot and heat to completely dissolve the agar flakes, stirring occasionally. Thicken with kuzu dissolved in apple juice. At the last minute, throw in the melon balls and turn off the flame. Set aside to cool a bit. 
  5. Prepare the strawberry topping in the same way as the melon ball topping. 
  6. Decorate the melon balls and strawberries on top of the melon kanten. Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.

Delicious even without the strawberries!