Apricot Stew with Vanilla Custard

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Warm, smooth, stewed apricots, topped with low-fat chilled custard and garnished with heart-friendly walnuts, this mouth-watering dessert is one of the best treats that a person with hyper cholesterol levels can enjoy.

Apricots, with their naturally rich flavour and texture get all the more enjoyable after a simple process of deseeding and stewing. Thanks to their sweetness, it suffices to add just a teaspoon of sugar to the custard, helping restrict the calories further.

Walnuts make a great garnish for the Stewed Apricots with Vanilla Custard as their mild saltiness highlights the flavours of this dessert very well.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 5 servings
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For The Stewed Apricots
1 1/2 cups dried apricots (kummani / jardalu)

For The Vanilla Custard
1 cup low-fat milk , 99.7% fat-free
2 tsp vanilla custard powder
1 tsp sugar

For The Garnish
2 1/2 tsp chopped walnuts (akhrot)

  1. For the stewed apricots
  2. 1. Wash and soak the apricots in 1 cup of hot water in a deep bowl for 3 hours. Deseed it while retaining the water.
  3. 2. Transfer the deseeded apricots (along with the water) in a broad non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 7 minutes or till they turn soft, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

For the vanilla custard

  1. Combine the custard powder in ¼ cup of low-fat milk in a bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Combine the remaining ¾ cup of milk and sugar in a broad non-stick pan, mix well and bring to boil.
  3. Add the custard powder-milk mixture, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 4 minutes or till the custard coats the back of a spoon, while stirring continuously. Keep aside to cool slightly.
  4. Once cooled, refrigerate for atleast an hour.

How to proceed

  1. Divide the stewed apricots and vanilla custard into 5 equal portions.
  2. Place one portion of the stewed apricots in a serving bowl and top it with one portion of the chilled custard.
  3. Repeat step 2 to make 4 more servings.
  4. Serve immediately garnished with walnuts.

Nutrient values per serving
135 kcal 2.3 gm 27.4 gm 1.8 gm 1.1 gm

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 on 12 Oct 15 03:28 PM

Low cal dessert for people with heart problems. The apricots are itself very sweet so even 1 tsp of sugar is enough to sweeten the low fat custard which pairs in this healthy dessert. I would say opt for this over the other cream and sugar based desserts to please your sweet tooth.
 on 29 May 13 10:54 AM

Nothing like chilled custard served with apricots. It's low cal!