Saturday, July 19, 2014

Honeydew with Tapioca Pearls

I have been French kissing ice cream, one scoop after the other  since local temperature soared , engulfing the  usually cold Germany in a much anticipated and appreciated summery heat. Although I undeniably  love ice cream in such hot weather , I did try to look for another cooling alternative. This time, with real fruits in it. The sight of fresh and aromatic honeydew melons at the local supermarket provided a welcome relief . Shake? Smoothie? Why not with tapioca pearls ? It's been sulking in the pantry for quite a while now, looking unused and unwanted . So sago ( tapioca pearls) it is!

Making this recipe was easy . Plus, the end result was delicious and just as promised,  quite refreshing  .  A perfect summer treat! If you like honeydew melons, give this recipe a try.


Syrup ( 100 ml water + 100 g rock or palm sugar)
1 honeydew melon
3 nectarine (alternative: Avocado, mango, watermelon, peach)
200 g fresh milk
200 ml coconut milk
1 Cup tapioca Or sago pearl

1. Make syrup. Bring 100 ml water and 100 g rock or palm sugar into a boil. Let it simmer until sugar dissolves. Take out from the heat and transfer into a bowl. Allow to cool.

2. Bring 5 cups of water into a boil. Pour tapioca pearls. Cover pot and cook for about 8 mins or until most pearls become translucent   Give the pot a good stir once in a while to avoid pearls from sticking together . Once cooked, pour  tapioca pearl into a strainer under running water. Drain excess water, transfer into a bowl and set aside .

3. Cut honeydew melon into half. Scrap out seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop the flesh out . You could also dice it.  Divide diced/ balled melon into 2 portions. Chill the half and keep the other half for the next step.

4. Blend the remaining half of honeydew melon together with fresh milk, coconut milk and syrup.
Refrigerate for hours or  overnight. The mixture thickens as it chills. Do not mix sago pearls at this point. It will absorb the liquid.

5. In a mixing bowl, put chilled honeydew melon and other diced fruits ( I used nectarine) and sago pearls. Pour the chilled ,blended mixture. Give it a good stir. Serve and let this treat do its magic..And oh yeah, enjoy it as much as I did!

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