Three-tier Moss Pudding
This Three-tier Moss Pudding is nostalgic and has pleasing memories attached to it. I guess the first time I made it was some three decades ago. And when I did I felt I had accomplished unthinkable; a perfect overturned dessert in three tiers. If you are a newbie cook during this lockdown, then do try out this pudding and wow your family!
In cooking Baking and Gelatine have been my nemesis. Maybe I never got good yeast or gelatine. I came across China grass, agar agar or Japanese Isinglass, kanten. It is obtained from red seaweed and is a natural, vegan thickener. Gelatine is said to be non-vegetarian, so agar agar can be used as an alternative by vegetarians. It is used as a thickener on puddings, desserts and pies. It is sold in dry form as strips or powder. Agar agar is a mild laxative as it has 80% fibre and is a great source of calcium, iodine, phosphorous and vitamins.
Three-tier Moss Pudding
This Three-tier Moss Pudding has three layers of different flavours; Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. I usually use agar agar strips as the powder is not available here. Added to milk and Milkmaid, it thickens easily and sets even without refrigeration. Just divide the thickened milk into 3 portions and add flavours of your choice. Exotic looking Three-tier Moss Pudding is ready.
Recipe for Three-tier Moss Pudding
1 Cup Milkmaid Condensed
1 cup fresh cream
8 Grams China Grass
1 litre Milk
1 cup of sugar
2 Teaspoons Cocoa powder
2 cups of water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp strawberry essence
2 tbsp chocohips or chopped walnuts
Firstly, cut china grass to fine pieces and soak in 1 cup of water for at least 15 minutes
Next, boil the milk and add milkmaid, fresh cream and sugar. Taste and add the sugar according to taste.
Meanwhile, place the soaked china grass with water on low heat. Cook till it gets dissolved completely.
Once, the china grass mixture starts boiling and the strands have dissolved totally, pour it into the boiled milk. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and remove from fire.
Divide the milk mixture into 3 equal portions.
Consequently, make a paste of the cocoa powder with a spoon of water. Add this to one part of the milk mixture.
To the second part, add the vanilla extract.
Subsequently, add the rose or strawberry extract to the third portion.
For the layering
Firstly take a glass bowl and rinse it with water.
Pour the chocolate mixture first into the bowl and let it set in the freezer.
Once it sets, pour the white and vanilla portion, gently over it.
The layers set in minutes. Finally, pour the strawberry layer.
Cover the bowl with cling film or foil and cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Do not freeze it.
Once set, take a serving platter and overturn the bowl
Your Three-tier Moss Pudding is resting gloriously on the platter.
Garnish with choco-chips or walnuts.
This Three-tier Moss Pudding will cut into clean slices. Enjoy three different flavours in one dessert