Mango Lime Pudding

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

This post is another update of an old post. This was the very last recipe I posted in my last weeks of pregnancy before having Cole and since my life had just turned upside down it was the one featured at the top of my home page for about four months before I felt able to get back to the blog. The old photos hold a particularly gruesome part of my heart as they were the worst ones I think I ever took so I have been keen to revisit this recipe for the past two years and give it the treatment it actually deserved. Below are the original words from back in May 2015 but the photos are resolutely new!

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

This is the easiest pudding in the world and that suits me perfectly. If I can whip this up in 10 minutes at eight and a half months pregnant without needing to have a nap half way through then this is a cinch for anyone.

I have been eating mangos by the crate load lately, I can’t get enough of their rich sweet intensity. However, this current craving has led me to realise how lazy I am with fruit. I’ve always thought that I just wasn’t a big fan unless my apples were baked into a pie or my plums were encased by clafoutis but I have realised that actually fruit by itself is quite nice by itself, only before a meal though, never in lieu of dessert, but this is only the case if someone else prepares it for me.

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

I will joyfully make all my pastry from scratch, eschew a bottled pesto for a quick five minutes chucking things in the blender, churn my own ice cream and preserve the season’s offerings in vinegars, chutneys and jams but when it comes to fruit for solitary consumption I have absolutely no patience for preparation. Mangoes may only take a couple of minutes to slice out the stone, hedgehog the flesh before cutting it out into neat cubes but it’s a job I will always give to Luke if he’s anywhere in the vicinity. The same goes for melon, it’s the seeds I just can’t be doing with. To my shame I have thrown out untouched melons bought with the best of intentions that have been abandoned for weeks through sheer laziness.

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

My aversion to peeling, de-seeding and chopping has culminated in my recent habit of buying pre-prepared fruit from the supermarket to snack on. It’s something I’m desperately ashamed of since it’s abominably expensive, lazy beyond belief and probably contains an array of preservatives that I don’t want to know about.

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

The good thing to know then that the cutting up of the mango for this dessert is the most taxing it gets. So you just have to get past that first initial step and as long as you have a blender your trusty friend will do the rest of the work for you. Which is good when all you feel up to doing lately is having a good nap.

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.

Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.
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Mango Lime Pudding
An ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.
Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 3 mangos
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 150 g condensed milk
  • 250 ml extra thick double cream
  • 5 gelatin leaves
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 3 mangos
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 150 g condensed milk
  • 250 ml extra thick double cream
  • 5 gelatin leaves
Mango Lime Pudding is an ideal way to end a meal, both rich and refreshing, but also incredibly quick and easy to make in advance.
Instructions
  1. First soak the gelatin by placing in a small bowl and just covering with cold water.
  2. Whilst the gelatin is soaking peel and de-stone the mango. You should have about 500g of mango flesh.
  3. Cube the mango and place in a blender with the lime juice, condensed milk and double cream. Blend until smooth.
  4. Set aside whilst you heat up the gelatin by squeezing it to remove the excess water and placing the leaves in a small saucepan. Heat on low until the gelatin has completed melted and then stir quickly and evenly into the mango pudding.
  5. Divide the pudding into six glasses then place in the fridge to set for at least a couple of hours or overnight.
  6. Serve the mango puddings with a dollop of extra thick double cream on top and a grating of lime zest.

Chocolate and Gingerbread Five-Spice Tarts

Chocolate and Gingerbread Five Spice Tarts
In my mind it’s definitely worth starting to think about our festive menus roundabout now, especially if you are going to be inundated with work commitments, parties to attend and then slotting in dates with friends and family. November and December are most people’s very busy months and there is nothing wrong with getting ahead. Of course it helps that I’ve started listening to my Christmas playlist again on Spotify this week so I’m already well involved with the season. At Sainsburys earlier in the week I also couldn’t help but start throwing into my trolley the odd packet of Carr’s Table Biscuits (they always sell out in December) and then the Cheese Footballs that my mum loves to snack on Christmas Day. I remember this is the sort of behaviour that I used to admonish my grandmother for doing; buying birthday cards six months early and making sure she had all her Chrismas Day trifle ingredients by Halloween. Now, I’ve found myself following in her tradition. It’s a dangerous road though, as I’ve already eaten the Cheese Footballs, so they are going to have to go back on the shopping list for a start.

Chocolate and Gingerbread Five Spice Tarts

I’ll never regret planning my menus early though and these tarts will definitely feature somewhere in the mix. I have wanted to do something with chocolate and five-spice for a while. Would it be ice cream? Would it be truffles? Or even cookies? I couldn’t quite decide and then I made some gingerbread biscuits last week for my cake stall and produced far more dough than I needed. It sat in the fridge for a couple of days as I couldn’t quite be bothered to make anymore biscuits.

Chocolate and Gingerbread Five Spice Tarts

Suddenly out of nowhere I decided to mould the dough into tart shells, and blind bake them. Before I knew it I was concocting some chocolate ganache infused with five-spice and pouring it into my tart shells. The five-spice powder complements the ginger in the tart shell so perfectly. It’s a lovely warming chocolate tart, perfect for this time of year and since the chocolate filling is a no-bake recipe then it really is so simple to put together.

I was thinking how lovely this would be to serve as a dessert with a dollop of crème fraiche over the festive season and like any good dessert it can happily be made a day or so in advance with minimal effort which means you can focus your last minute panicking for events happening out of the kitchen.

Chocolate and Gingerbread Five Spice Tarts

Chocolate Gingerbread Five-Spice Tarts

Makes 8

350g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
100g unsalted butter, cubed
125g dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoon treacle
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
200ml whipping cream
1 tablespoon light muscovado sugar
1 teaspoon chinese five-spice powder
100g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and grease 8 x 8cm round tart tins.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour mix with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the sugar and mix well.
  5. Warm the golden syrup and treacle slightly in a saucepan to make it runny and easier to use then pour into the rest of the ingredients with the eggs.
  6. Bring the dough together with your hands until it is a nice smooth ball.
  7. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to chill.
  8. Roll the dough out to 2-3mm thickness and line the dough into your tart tins. Fill the tart shells with baking beans then place in the oven and blind bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the baking beans and continue baking for another 5 minutes. Then remove from the oven leave for 15 minutes before removing from the tins and leaving to cool.
  10. For the filling heat the whipping cream with the muscovado sugar and five-spice powder until just below boiling point. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 1 minute so it doesn’t scorch the chocolate.
  11. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir together until all the chocolate has melted and formed a thick ganache with the cream.
  12. Spoon the ganache into the tart shells and place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours until the chocolate ganache has set.
  13. Decorate with gold leaf and bring up to room temperature to serve.