Hot hot hot hot hot.
Perth has been going through a series of hot weather these days. One weeks like this, it’s difficult to spend time in a kitchen. I can totally understand why some people have air-conditioning in the kitchen! While having a few friends over for a bbq lunch one day, I decided to make Agar Agar for dessert instead. Agar Agar is a plant based gelatin which makes it suitable for vegetarian or Muslim friends.
To add texture, I used Nata DeCoCo, a coconut fiber. Once the first layer cooled, I was able to put in a 2nd layer, resulting in the dual flavour jelly. The 2nd layer was made up of coconut milk and agar agar. Hubby commented that this was addictive..and even our french friends were fascinated by such a simple but “different” (In their words!) dessert.
2 packets of Swallow brand agar agar powder. I used a green and plain one.
Sugar- I recalled using half of what the recommended amount was.
180 grams of Nata DeCoCo (it comes in a can)
220 ml of coconut milk
Following the directions on the packet, dissolve the plain packet of agar agar in water and sugar. Bring it to boil.
Meanwhile, start spooning Nata Decoco into the moulds.
When the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat. Cool slightly, spoon mixture into the moulds-filling it halfway.
Repeat. Over heat, dissolve the green agar agar powder with 1 cup of water, coconut milk and some sugar. Again, once it boils, remove from heat and cool slightly. By that time, the nata decoco layer would have firm up slightly. Spoon the coconut milk agar agar mixture to fill up the moulds. Cool and refrigerate.