Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cherry Carob Durian Pudding

Cherry Carob Durian Pudding

This delicious, satisfying dish has the "jello wiggle" without the jello.  We savored every bite!

1 large ripe durian, flesh removed and seeds discarded
4 ripe mangoes, peeled and diced, pit removed
1/2 lb ripe, pitted cherries
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup (heaping) carob powder or to taste

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.  Serves 4 very generously.

The durian can be a bit of a challenge.  It's a bit hard to find although some Asian markets sell them.  The first time we bought one, we tried to cut it open while it was still green.  Wait until it's a golden color.  It smells funky, however the other ingredients in the recipe will completely cover the smell.  I personally cannot eat durian fruit by itself, however, in recipes like this one it is pure heaven.

The durian fruit has five pods, each one containing the pudding-like flesh.  The first time you open one, it's a good idea to get a friend to help.  One person can hold the fruit open while the other scoops the pulp out of the compartment.  And then you can both laugh about how smelly it is.  Here is a video demonstrating how to open a durian:
Here is a video commenting on the taste and smell of the durian:

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