Diet desserts? I always figured if one feels like eating a slice of cake, great, eat it, enjoy every morsel, and cut back on portions of food at the next meal.
But what if you want to cut down on your food intake? Agar-agar is an appetite suppressant: Making these desserts and having one slice as a snack will ensure that one does not eat too much at the next meal.
Agar-agar is so full of fiber, that it helps digestion as well.
Today, the dessert is based on fresh citrus juice with citrus segments and a vanilla-flavored milk jello.
Sweetened a tad, simple to prepare and thanks to agar-agar (which has nine times the gelling power of regular gelatin), speedy as well.
- 2 cups of fresh orange juice (16 ounces or 500ml)
- 2 cups of low-fat milk (or half-and-half or cream)
- 1/2 cup of sugar, divided (100 g.)
- 4 oranges
- 2 grapefruits
- 1/2 cup of blueberries (optional) (100 g)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or rose water or orange blossom
- 2 teaspoons of agar-agar (4 g.)
- Peel the oranges and grapefruits into segments and set aside; press the remaining flesh into a juicer to extract as much juice as possible. Juice some oranges to obtain two cups of juice.
- Spray a loaf pan (one-quart in volume or 4 cups) and insert a long sheet of glad wrap. Place the orange and grapefruit segments on the entire base of the pan, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle with blueberries.
- Transfer the fresh orange juice into a saucepan and add 1/4 cup of the sugar. Stir with a whisk while heating the mixture to dissolve the sugar. Sprinkle one teaspoon of the agar-agar on top and stir continuously the mixture over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. boil for two minutes and remove from the heat. Pour gently into the loaf pan taking care not to disturb the orange and grapefruit segments if possible.
- Let the mixture cool for 30 minutes or so and place in the fridge to gel for two hours.
- After two hours, pour two cups of milk into a saucepan with 1/4 cup of sugar and stir to dissolve. Sprinkle the agar-agar and bring to a boil; boil for two minutes, cool a bit (add the vanilla extract and stir) and pour over the orange jelly.
- Let the milk mixture cool on the counter and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
- When ready to serve, unmold, remove the plastic wrap and cut in slices.
NOTE: You can replace the agar-agar with gelatin or cornstarch.