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Whipped Berry Pudding

July/August 2014

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This Finnish whipped berry pudding recipe has a unique, light and airy texture. Unlike American-style puddings made with milk, eggs and cornstarch, this is made with fruit juice, thickened with wheat farina and then lightened by beating air into it until the texture is reminiscent of marshmallow fluff. Traditionally made with lingonberry or cranberry juice, here fresh blueberries are cooked with water and the juice is strained to flavor the pudding. If you want to use bottled juice instead, skip Step 1 and use 3 to 3 1/2 cups of warm juice in Step 2.


Whipped Berry Pudding Recipe

Makes: 8 servings

Serving Size: about 2/3 cup

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups blueberries (about 1 pint), plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup wheat farina, such as Cream of Wheat (not instant)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. Combine water and blueberries in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Strain the blueberries, pressing on the solids; you will have 3 to 3 1/2 cups blueberry juice. (Discard the solids.)
  2. Rinse the saucepan and return the juice to it. Stir in farina, sugar, lemon juice and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until the mixture has thickened slightly, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer the farina mixture to a stand mixer and beat with the whisk attachment on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to high and beat until doubled in volume, with a texture similar to fluffy marshmallow, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  4. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve garnished with blueberries, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Per serving: 152 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 19 g added sugars; 23 g total sugars; 2 g protein; 1 g fiber; 47 mg sodium; 52 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Iron (24% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate



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Recipe Categories

Type of Dish
Desserts, fruit
Ethnic/Regional
Scandinavian
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Meal/Course
Dessert
Season
Summer
Publication
July/August 2014

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