The basic idea is make a smoothie. Lighten it by adding air. Decorate. Solidify it. That’s all Easy peasy. The ideal way of eating fresh seasonal fruit.
To make the smoothie you need some puréed fruit plus yoghurt, milk (cow’s milk, soya milk, coconut milk or anything you fancy), cream, buttermilk or skim milk powder. You need about 500ml. You can also add a protein milk powder if you are into such things. You can also add a liqueur, or spirits.
To lighten your smoothie you need to add either whipped cream or beaten egg whites. I prefer egg whites. One egg will be enough and you can add the yolk to the smoothie.
Now add either gelatine or (if you are a vegetarian) agar. Use enough to set 500 ml of liquid.
Whisk together the smoothie, the dissolved gelatine/ agar and the egg whites. Pour into a large bowl or into individual desert bowls. Decorate with fresh fruit, glazed fruit, nuts nutmeg, cinnamon, mint leaves, flowers. Place in the fridge until set.
That is the basic recipe. To get you started I will list a few of the hundreds of recipes floating around in books or in the ether.
Some fruit can be used either raw or cooked. Peaches, plumbs, apples. Cooked is preferable. More flavour and better colour.
I prefer not to add sugar or honey unless really needed. Rhubarb, passionfruit and quince.
I prefer yoghurt. If feeling spartan go with the skim milk powder. If feeling decadent use cream which is not recommended for regular and daily use.
Remember when tasting the smoothie that adding egg whites to the smoothie will dilute the flavour.
Adding lemon juice will slightly intensify the flavours.
Apricots; vanilla essence; decorate with blanched almonds.
Raspberries; orange juice.
Mango; orange juice; rum; decorate with mandarin pieces.
Passionfruit pulp; caster sugar; orange juice;
Pawpaw; mango; rum; lemon juice.
Pineapple (cooked); grated orange rind; honey.
Rhubarb; brown sugar; white wine; grated orange rind;
Black grape juice; blackberries;
Pineapple (cooked); banana; passionfruit; peach; mango.
Blanched almonds; banana; vanilla essence; decorate with grated nutmeg.
Blueberries; raspberries; honey; decorate with sesame seeds.
Orange juice; carrot juice; pitted prunes.
Pineapple; banana; fresh ginger.
Fruit juice; honey; banana;
Hazelnuts (roasted and finely ground in a food processor); coffee.
This blog is about what goes in. Not about what comes out. A lot of the posts are about food. There are posts about the food before it goes in. About preparing it, growing it or cooking it. There will be recipes.