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Chocolate Tofu Pudding Recipe | Daily Cooking Quest

Chocolate Tofu Pudding

Tofu as dessert is not an alien concept for me. After all, I do grow up eating tons of dou hua (soybean pudding). But I admit that I have never thought of taking this experience up a notch until I found out about chocolate tofu pudding!

This chocolate tofu pudding is so good and delicious. And believe me, nobody would guess we use silken tofu to make this lovely dessert.

So if you are counting calories, or want a healthy dessert once in a while, make this. You can serve this chocolate tofu pudding to tofu haters, and they won’t even know what hit them 😉

Ingredients for chocolate tofu pudding: silken tofu, cocoa powder, gelatin, sugar, milk, and optionally, instant espresso.

Ingredients for chocolate tofu pudding: silken tofu, cocoa powder, gelatin, sugar, milk, and optionally, instant espresso.

What goes into chocolate tofu pudding?

For a super basic pudding, you will need:

  • 150 gram (about 1/2 block) silken tofu
  • 5 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, so not the stuff to make a hot chocolate drink
  • 1 cup milk (cow milk, soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, e.t.c.)
  • 5 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 gram (1 2/3 teaspoon) gelatin
  • 2 tablespoon water

If you are preparing these puddings for special occasions, you may want to add these:

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • freshly grated zest from 1 orange, or 1/2 teaspoon orange oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
(1) Bloom gelatin. (2) Boil milk and espresso. (3) Place silken tofu, cocoa powder, and sugar in a blender. (4) Puree into a smooth paste. (5) Add boiled milk and puree. (6) Microwave bloomed gelatin, add to the chocolate mix, and blend.

(1) Bloom gelatin. (2) Boil milk and espresso. (3) Place silken tofu, cocoa powder, and sugar in a blender. (4) Puree into a smooth paste. (5) Add boiled milk and puree. (6) Microwave bloomed gelatin, add to the chocolate mix, and blend.

How to make chocolate tofu pudding?

1. Bloom gelatin.

Pour water in a microwave-proof bowl, then sprinkle gelatin to bloom. Set aside.

2. Mix espresso with milk.

If adding instant espresso powder, heat the milk in a microwave-proof bowl, then stir in instant espresso powder until it dissolves. Set aside.

3. Puree tofu.

Place silken tofu, cocoa powder, and sugar in a blender. Puree until smooth.

4. Add liquid.

Add milk, orange oil/orange zest (if using), and orange liqueur (if using) to the chocolate and tofu mixture. Blend until evenly mixed.

5. Add gelatin.

Microwave the bloomed gelatin from step 1 for 2-3 seconds to dissolve. Add this into the chocolate tofu mixture and pulse to blend evenly.

6. Let the pudding set.

Pour the pudding mixture into your favorite molds and let them firm up in the fridge. It usually takes about 1 hour. Serve chill.

Pour chocolate pudding mixture to ramekins/bowls and let them firm up in the fridge.

Pour chocolate pudding mixture to ramekins/bowls and let them firm up in the fridge.

Chocolate tofu pudding decoration ideas

If you serve these puddings out from pretty looking molds, they look quite neat even when plain. But these can easily be dressed-up and modified for those special occasions.

  • Berry delight chocolate pudding. A simple whip cream, chocolate shavings, and fresh berries.
  • Christmas chocolate pudding. Whip cream, chocolate bark, crushed peppermint candies, and fresh mint leaves. Skip orange zest and orange liqueur, add 1 teaspoon peppermint oil instead to the pudding.
  • Black forest chocolate pudding. Whip cream, chocolate shavings, and fresh cherries. Use 1 tablespoon of Kirsch instead of orange liqueur and orange zest.
  • Smores chocolate pudding. Topped the pudding with crushed graham crackers, roughly chopped chocolate bars, and mini marshmallows.

Those are just my four easy ideas to play around with this basic recipe. Feel free to tinker with the recipe and come up with your own novel ways to make this chocolate tofu pudding.

Serve the chilled chocolate tofu pudding once they are set.

Serve the chilled chocolate tofu pudding once they are set.

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Puding Agar Gula Merah – Palm Sugar Agar Pudding Recipe

Puding Agar Gula Merah (Indonesian Palm Sugar Agar Pudding).

For most Indonesian children, the very first dessert they learn how to make is most likely an agar dessert.

A simple agar pudding only needs agar powder, sugar, and water. One only needs a saucepan and a spoon for the cooking utensils. After stirring for 5 minutes over the stovetop to bring it to a boil, a quick pour into molds, and 30 minutes in the fridge later, the agar pudding has set, chilled, and ready to serve.

Palm sugar agar pudding (Indonesian: agar srikaya or puding agar gula merah) is slightly more complex than the basic recipe. The addition of palm sugar, coconut milk, egg, and pandan leaves create a creamy and most indulgent agar pudding you will ever taste.

Palm sugar agar pudding is a perfect introductory dessert to introduce your friends/guests to Indonesian food. The combination of palm sugar, coconut milk, and pandan is a common theme in Indonesian sweets. Serving palm sugar agar pudding will be the perfect way to end a satisfying Indonesian meal.

Ingredients for puding agar gula merah (Indonesian palm sugar agar pudding): palm sugar, coconut milk, agar powder, egg, and pandan leaves.

Ingredients for puding agar gula merah (Indonesian palm sugar agar pudding): palm sugar, coconut milk, agar powder, egg, and pandan leaves.

Ingredients for palm sugar agar pudding

  • palm sugar.
    Please use Indonesian palm sugar. You can substitute Indonesian palm sugar with Thai palm sugar, but your agar pudding will have paler color.
    Please do not substitute palm sugar with brown sugar since the flavor will become different.
  • coconut milk
    I use canned coconut milk. You can use boxed coconut milk too, which is thinner, but the agar pudding will be less creamy.
  • egg
  • agar powder.
    I use Now Real Food agar powder. You can also use Indonesian Swallow Globe brand agar powder, but be sure it is the plain/unflavored variety.
  • pandan leaves
    You can use fresh or frozen pandan leaves. You can find pandan leaves in your local Asian grocery. It is more common to find Frozen pandan leaves in the US, but the fresh ones sometimes appear in the produce section.
(1) Grate the palm sugar. (2) Whisk the egg in a mixing bowl. (3) Boil water, palm sugar, and pandan. Strain and return the liquid to the pot, stir in coconut milk and agar powder. (4) Boil the liquid again, stir half of it with the egg and return it to the pot, boil for the final time.

(1) Grate the palm sugar. (2) Whisk the egg in a mixing bowl. (3) Boil water, palm sugar, and pandan. Strain and return the liquid to the pot, stir in coconut milk and agar powder. (4) Boil the liquid again, stir half of it with the egg and return it to the pot, boil for the final time.

How to cook palm sugar agar pudding

  1. Lightly beat an egg in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Grate palm sugar (if using the block version).
  3. Add grated palm sugar, water, and pandan leaves to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved. Set aside for 15 minutes to let the pandan steep, then strain. Return the liquid to the saucepan, and discard the pandan leaves.
  4. Add coconut milk and agar powder to the saucepan. Return the liquid to a boil while stirring continuously to ensure the agar powder is well mixed.
  5. Pour half of the agar mixture into the egg while stirring quickly, then add the egg mixture back into the saucepan.
  6. Return the pot to the stove and cook until boiling.
  7. Pour the agar mixture into silicone muffin cups. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes at room temperature, then chill in the fridge until fully set.
  8. To serve, remove the agar pudding from the mold and serve chilled.
Pour the palm sugar agar mix into 12 silicone muffin cups.

Pour the palm sugar agar mix into 12 silicone muffin cups.

FAQs

1. What can I use if I don’t have silicone muffin cups?

You can use ramekins or pretty bowls, and you can serve the pudding directly in the ramekin/bowl.

You can even use a loaf pan or a cake pan, but please make sure it can hold 6 cups in volume.

2. How long do I need to chill the agar pudding before serving?

Thirty minutes is usually enough to set the pudding in the fridge for single-serve molds. It may take up to two hours if using a loaf pan or a cake pan as a mold.

3. How long can the pudding keep in the fridge?

It should be okay for up to a week. After two days, the pudding may start to weep, but it is still perfectly safe to consume.

4. Can I make this agar pudding vegan-friendly?

Yes! You can omit the egg. It will be less indulgent without the egg, but the agar pudding will still be very delicious.

Once the palm sugar agar pudding is set, remove it from the silicone cup to serve.

Once the palm sugar agar pudding is set, remove it from the silicone cup to serve.

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