Have you ever had snow pudding? I guess the name was given to this dessert because it looks like new fallen snow. Snow Pudding has been served at our families holiday table as a light dessert for as long as I can remember.
Snow Pudding is a very white, light and fluffy lemon flavored dessert. It cleanses the palate and there is always room for a serving after a big meal because it is so light and airy. The recipe use to be on either the Plymouth Rock or Knox plain gelatin box. I can't remember which but you can use any plain gelatin.
I first had snow pudding at my Auntie Ellen's when she still lived on Cape Cod. I watched my mother make this dessert when I was a child and now I make it for family gatherings.
Recipe...Snow Pudding...for 1 batch
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
Juice of 2 small or 1 large lemon...strained. I like the lemon taste and most times use 2 lemons.
3/4 cup cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
Soak the unflavored gelatin in a glass bowl with the cold water for 5 minutes. Then add 1 cup of boiling water, 3/4 cup sugar. Stir well. Then add the strained lemon juice into the liquid. Mix well and put in the refrigerator until the gelatin begins to harden slightly.
Beat the white of the egg to a stiff froth in a large mixing bowl. I use the bowl of my Kitchenaide mixer. When the gelatin starts to harden add it to the beaten egg white in the mixing bowl. Start the mixer slowly and as the volume begins to build increase the speed of the mixer. The motor will get quite warm from beating for so long. Beat the mix for 10-12 minutes or until very light and fluffy and forms peaks when the beater is lifted out of the bowl. *The mixture will almost come to the top of the mixing bowl when it has beat enough. ( the first time I ever made this I didn't beat it long enough and the gelatin separated and made a layer of gelatin on the bottom of the bowl after it had set in the refrigerator.)
Then put the snow pudding into a pretty see thru serving dish. Since I bring this to 2 houses I use 2 smaller bowls that I buy at the Dollar Tree. I don't have to worry about getting my dish back.
Now to make the custard sauce that is served with the snow pudding.
I always make extra sauce..so you may want to double or triple the recipe. It is like an eggnog without the spices.
In a 3 quart saucepan mix together with a wire whisk the yolk of the egg, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch.
Scald 1 cup of milk and pour it into the egg a little bit at a time so you don't curdle your egg mixture. I stir the milk in with a wire whisk. Cook the mixture stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. When thickened add a dash of salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Let cool and the refrigerate. Strain the sauce and pour into a serving container. Serve over the snow pudding. If you try this recipe let me know how you like it.