Agbalumo, or African Star Apple is one of my very favourite fruits. It has a sultry, cherry-like, winey flavour. At the start of the season they come out a little tart and pale, but darken and sweeten as the season progresses. Traditionally, they’re eaten on their own as a snack, but it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t figure out how to make something exciting out of it. Paired here with the elegant notes of jasmine tea, the beauty of this fruit really shines. This is a wonderful little dessert to whip up at a dinner party.
2 cups flour
½ cup melted butter
½ cup whole milk
½ cup sugar
4 tbsp agbalumo puree (or use blended, sweetened agbalumo or any other fruit puree)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla essence
1 jasmine teabag
- Steep the jasmine tea bag in the milk and allow it to infuse for about 5 – 10 minutes after which you can discard the tea bag.
- Now combine all the ingredients, including the tea infused milk in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Be careful not to over mix – stop as soon as you have a uniform batter.
- Spoon into ramekins and steam on the cooker for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the pudding comes out dry.
This recipe is from Season 1 Episode 10 of Minjiba Entertains, commissioned by The Africa Channel and showing on RealTime DSTV Channel 155, Emirates in-Flight Entertainment, Amazon Prime, and Demand Africa.