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Milk and Agar Dessert
Another hot day! And when it's Summer, I love making simple, easy dessert. And when the urge hit me to make something to enjoy while watching Sunday movies, I have to make it.
And it's been a year since I did this simple dessert, I thought I should make one. I either do this or fruit salads and last time I did milk and agar was last year's Summer. Yeah, its been that long since I also have to watch myself from indulging in such cold foods as too much triggers my asthma. But won't hurt if I control myself, right?!
And so, here's an easy, simple dessert to make if you have fruits, agar, and milk. Oh, and tapioca pearls too.
I still have agar, some rainbow tapioca pearls but out of milk and fruits, and I usually use either cantaloupe or honeydew. But since I drove dad to Albertson's to buy his bus pass for the month of October, I decided to dropped by to the Oriental store (where mom used to shop once in a while) and get my black tapioca pearls, I prefer them than rainbow colored ones. And then to Ralph's which is close by to where we live for milk and cantaloupe. I thought cantaloupe would be cheaper there, and it was.
But first, what is agar?
Some might confused agar with gelatin, but they weren't the same thing as agar is made from either seaweed or red algae. They are sold in powder forms in packets and use in jellies and puddings. In the Philippines, it is called either agar, or agar-agar which is a Malay word for red algae.
Gelatin can also be use in this but I prefer agar as they are firmer than gelatin.
Making my milk and agar dessert! Here's what I had used.
*cantaloupe or honeydew
* black tapioca pearls
What I did first was boiling 2 and 1/2 cups of water for the agar. Added the agar to the boiling water, stirred until it was fully dissolved and transferred the agar on a bowl, letting it set on the table until it was ready for me to use. Took me 30 minutes or so before it was firm.
(Put yours on the fridge to chill it so you have a colder agar to enjoy later on whenever you feel like having one.)
And while waiting for the agar, I was working with my favorite black tapioca pearls. I only used half of the packet as the whole thing would be more than enough.
The boiling took me 15 minutes and had used 4 tbsp. of brown sugar as I want some sweetness with the pearls. You could use lesser sugar or more according to your preference.
So I got my tapioca pearls ready and the agar too. I'm ready to make my dessert!
Where did the white one came from? That was a leftover from last night as I already indulged myself from milk and agar, so I might as well use it to add more colors.
Either bowl or glass will do but I decided glass to see the beautiful colors. And I got three glasses, one for me, dad and brother which just lucky to come home at the right time, I, making something yummy.
Try and experiment with whatever fruits you have. As for me, my two favorites are honeydew and cantaloupe so I always use either of the two.
Add some ice if you like to. But for me, the milk is enough.
So in case you have this fruits in your fridge and want to try something new, yet simple, try the milk with agar and tapioca pearls.