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A light, airy fruit pudding from America’s past

This March 17 2014 phoshows snow pudding with spiked strawberries Concord N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This March 17, 2014 photo shows snow pudding with spiked strawberries in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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Snow pudding with spiked strawberries

The egg whites in this recipe are not fully cooked. If you’d prefer not to consume raw eggs, consider using pasteurized eggs or powdered egg whites.

Start to finish: 4 1/2 hours (30 minutes active)

Servings: 8

1 envelope (

1/4 -ounce) unflavored gelatin

2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided

Salt

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1/3 cup lemon juice

3 egg whites, room temperature

2 cups sliced strawberries

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

2 teaspoons Grand Marnier

In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup of water and let it stand for 5 minutes. Add 2/3 cup of the sugar, a pinch of salt and 1 cup water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar and gelatin have dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the lemon zest and juice, then set the saucepan into a bowl of ice and water to chill, stirring often, until the mixture is cold to the touch and has thickened to the consistency of raw egg whites, about 45 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites and a pinch of salt until they just hold soft peaks, then transfer them to a bowl and set aside. Transfer the cooled gelatin mixture to the stand mixer bowl that the egg whites were in and beat until frothy, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the beaten egg whites to the gelatin mixture, then beat on high speed until the mixture is tripled in volume and thick enough to form a ribbon that takes 2 seconds to dissolve when the beater is lifted, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to 8 decorative glass serving bowls or large wine goblets, cover and chill until set, about 3 hours.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl toss the strawberries with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar, the orange zest and the orange liqueur. Chill.

To serve, top each portion of the snow pudding with a big spoonful of strawberries.

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Updated: May 11, 2014 9:47AM



Snow pudding is a great old American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, back when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had — things such as gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs.

In fact, the very first edition of Fanny Farmer’s “Boston Cooking School Cookbook” back in 1896 featured a recipe for snow pudding.

My paternal grandmother, Ruth, a graduate of the Boston Cooking School, used to make it for me all the time when I was a kid.

A lifetime later, I still remember snow pudding with great affection. So why not dust it off and bring it back for spring, topped with one of the new season’s first fruits — strawberries?

What makes snow pudding so foamy and light is all the air that gets beaten into it. If you own a stand mixer you’ll find that making this pudding is pretty simple.

This being strawberry season, you should be able to find some beauties at your local store. Here, I’ve sliced the strawberries, tossed them with a bit of sugar, and spiked them with a shot of orange liqueur.

Sugar has the same effect on fruit as salt does on vegetables; it pulls out the natural juices.

Of course, if you don’t want the extra sugar and alcohol, you can leave them out. The strawberries pair up beautifully with the pudding all by themselves. So does any summer fruit: raspberries, blueberries, nectarines, plums and peaches, or a mix of all of them.



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