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Mango & Coconut Custard with Lime Marmalade Puff-Puff

by on February 20, 2015
 

Cravings don’t come much stronger than this. Think checking every store you know on Lagos Island, rejecting other brands – Domo, and all the others that aren’t Bird’s. I find it at a supermarket called ‘Supamarket’ on Gerrard road, where I also meet the actor, Olu Jacobs and take a selfie with him. 

I am so excited about this custard. 

The fragrance of childhood mornings, and evenings, of sweet and milky come flooding back.

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This time though, I’ve decided, I’m going to take this up the dessert route.

I cut up fresh mango flesh and puree it with a touch of water. I open up a tin of coconut milk, crush the seeds of green cardamom pods and set aside some white sugar.

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I don’t strain the puree. I combine custard powder, mango puree, coconut milk, sugar, ground cardamom pods and water. I set this on medium heat.  (In the meantime, my stuffed puff-puffs are ‘chilling’ in the oven).

Once I notice the first bubbles – signs of thickening, I pull the pot off the heat – I want to control the bubbling, so I get smooth not lumpy for lumpy ‘pap’ (sigh) was the bane of dreary childhood days.

Once it’s thickened, I put it back on and let it cook. In a few minutes, all is ready.

I pour the custard into yogurt pots and top with spoonfuls of coconut milk and lime marmalade. To finish? Some freshly grated lime zest.

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 I set up plates just as the door bell rings. It’s the children, back from school.

‘Mama, mama, mama,….’, words flying nineteen to the dozen. ‘Can I have some – they are gone in a flash. And devoured. They love ’em (well 2 out of 3). 

It’s lovely. Some of my favourite things in a glass jar. Who knew custard could be even more lush than plain with milk? I mean who knew? 

So, for that dinner party, make up the custard combining all the ingredients but don’t cook till dessert time. Stuff the puff-puff but hold off baking too.

When it’s dessert time, warm the puffs in the oven and cook this et voila. Ready.

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Custard fan? Yay or nay? Best way to enjoy it suggestions