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Simply Divine Tangerine Pudding

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Nothing tastes like Florida more than citrus - especially this sweet, tangy divine dessert

February 25, 2014


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Nothing tastes like Florida more than citrus – especially tangy, sweet fresh tangerines. Florida’s tangerines are generally more pungent and intense than its cousin, the orange and this recipe is a perfect complement to any meal.

I use fresh tangerines with this Simply Divine Tangerine Pudding recipe, but if you have only fresh bottled juice, it could work as well.

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Refrigerator Time: 2 hours

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

½ cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

¼ tsp. table salt

2 cups, fresh Florida tangerine juice – (juice 10 small tangerines or 8 medium tangerines OR Use fresh bottled juice)

+ 3 tangerines (for peeling and using sections)

3 large eggs, room temperature

3 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream:

1 pint of heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of sugar

4 sprigs of mint

Directions

Early Steps:

1. Juice the tangerines for 2 cups of juice.

2. With an extra tangerine, using a vegetable peeler, slice ½ inch of  the outer tangerine peel.

3. In a bowl, beat 3 eggs until frothy (in a mixer, or using a whisk) around 3-4 minutes. Set aside.

Cooking Steps:

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together dry ingredients: ½ cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and ¼ teaspoon salt.

2. Turn on stove to medium-low heat, place pan on stovetop, and begin adding the 2 cups of tangerine juice. Stir until smooth, eliminating any lumps.

3. Add ½ inch tangerine peel into the warm mixture. Continue heating mixture stirring occasionally.

4. Next, bring mixture to a simmering boil and whisk constantly for around 1-2 minutes. Mixture should become thick and bubbly. Remove from heat. It will become thick and pudding-like, coating the back of a spoon. (If it takes longer, continue stirrring until thickened.)

5. Take ¼ cup of the hot mixture and add to the set-aside egg mixture, continue whisking another 2 minutes.

6. Take the bowl of the remaining egg mixture and place in the hot pan. Turn heat on low to medium again and stir constantly for 2 more minutes.

Final Steps:

1. Pour the hot mixture from the pan into a medium sized bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons of butter, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

2. Place plastic wrap directly on the warm pudding, so no film is created.

3. Chill for 2 hours. If desired, remove peel from the pudding.

4. Add whipped cream, tangerine sections and sprig of mint.

Whipped Cream:

Mix 1 cup of heavy, whipping cream in a mixer on high speed with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Top with a sprig of mint.

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Recipe adapted from Southern Living

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Robin Draper

Florida native Robin Draper is the owner of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle website devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures of Florida living. Reclaiming her authentic Florida heritage has become her life passion and inspirational compass. Draper’s book, Authentic Florida, is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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