Friday, December 23, 2011

Snow Pudding Recipe

snow pudding top view

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 egg...separated

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.

snow pudding knox plain gelatin box box of the unflavored gelatin

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.)

snow pudding with mixer

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 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.

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Joanne Huffman said...

Sounds yummy.

Thomas said...

we had this at my families holiday times 2 but never with lemon . was normly with boysenberry and fruit on top not custard sauce but i think it can be made with ne fruit just don't know how much wood be used with each gess that was lost with the nan as i cant find ne recipe that dont use lemon

Jill Arenovski said...

Thanks for posting this, Elaine. Mom always kept this out on the sunporch in the winter because there was never enough room in the refrigerator for all the holiday desserts. I didn't appreciate it much as a kid but really love it now!