Passion Fruit Creaminess

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Author Notes: I first tasted a version of this in Bocas del Toro, Panama while enjoying dessert at a small over-the-sea diner. The exotic taste of the passion fruit combined with tart lime juice and zest is an amazing party in the mouth when whisked with hot cream and topped with a syrup of passion fruit. The seeds included in the syrup add a textural dimension that is out of this world! - DigNDineDigNDine

Food52 Review: Alas, during the winter doldrums, I was unable to find fresh passion fruit anywhere in Baltimore, so I substituted 2 cups of 100% passion fruit juice, added the sugar, and reduced it to one cup of syrup. The recipe is wonderfully creamy and has a lovely tang to it thanks to the use of yogurt, which cuts the sweetness and enhances the tropical flavor. It has a lot of lime in it, and I think if I had been able to find passion fruit, perhaps the lime would not have been as prominent a flavor. It left a slightly sour aftertaste, which 3 out of my 5 tasters liked. I will absolutely make this again and will use real fruit. If you are using the juice, I would reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup in making the syrup, and back off the lime juice and zest just a little. Perhaps just 4 tsp. of lime juice and 3 tsp. of zest. This is dinner party worthy with a dollop of whipped cream.Burnt Offerings

Serves 8

Passion Fruit Syrup

  • 1 cup passion fruit (including seeds)
  • 1 cup sugar

Passion Fruit Puddings

  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup passion fruit syrup w/o seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  1. Make passion fruit syrup by combining sugar and passion fruit in a pan and bringing to a gentle boil. Stir on medium low until sugar is dissolved. Remove 1/3 cup of syrup with no seeds. Reserve remainder for topping.
  2. Heat cream, vanilla, lime zest and sugar. Bring to a boil and mix well. Turn off heat.
  3. Combine gelatin and lime juice in a small dish. Whisk into hot cream.
  4. Add yogurt and the 1/3 cup seedless passion fruit syrup to the hot cream.
  5. Pour into (8) individual serving cups and refrigerate for eight hours. Serve chilled with chilled passion fruit topping.
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Tags: Desserts, passion fruit, pudding, tropical

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Burnt_offering

over 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

Spoke too soon! Congratulations DgNDine!!!

Burnt_offering

over 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

It would appear that my review got disqualified (and rightly so I'm afraid) because I had to make a substitution when I couldn't find fresh passion fruit anywhere in Baltimore in late February / March. After three stores and a couple of phone calls, I had to give up. I made the recipe, but I used 100%, no additive or sugar, Passion Fruit Juice instead of the whole fruit.

For what it's worth - here's the review as submitted: The thought of anything tropical this time of year is appealing, so I was happy to to try and create a little taste of the tropics! DigNDine's recipe calls for a cup of passion fruit pulp, heated with a cup of sugar and then strained as a syrup. Alas, during the winter doldrums, I was unable to find fresh passion fruit anywhere in Baltimore, so I substituted 2 cups of 100% passion fruit juice, added the cup of sugar, and reduced it to one cup of syrup. That may have been a little too sweet in retrospect, but only 1/3 c is used in the actual pudding - the rest is to drizzle on the finished dessert. The recipe is wonderfully creamy and has a lovely tang to it thanks to the use of yogurt, which cuts the sweetness and enhances the tropical flavor. It has a lot of lime in it, and I think if I had been able to find passion fruit, perhaps the lime would not have been as prominent in flavor. It left a slightly sour aftertaste, which 3 out of 5 tasters liked. I would absolutely make this again, and will use real fruit. If you are using the juice, I would reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup in making the syrup, and back off the lime juice and zest just a little. Perhaps just 4 tsp. of lime juice and 3 tsp. of zest. This is dinner party worthy with a dollop of whipped cream.

Tomato_harvest

over 3 years ago DigNDine

Thanks for trying it and your comments! I hope you get to try it again with fresh fruit as the seeds add a textural element. Looking forward to your photos!

Burnt_offering

over 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

As soon as I find real passion fruit, I'll make it again and take a photo. I felt bad about the fruit this round, so I didn't take a photo. You're right - I think the seeds make the dish. (well, that and 2 cups of cream, sugar, yogurt, lime......)

Burnt_offering

over 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

PS I'll take photos and send them with the review, or send them to you to add to the recipe.

Tomato_harvest

over 3 years ago DigNDine

Awesome! thank you so much for trying! Let me know if you have any questions. I know you will LOVE it.

Burnt_offering

over 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

Can't wait to test this for Editor's Picks! Off to get passion fruit....

Katherine_photo

almost 4 years ago kmartinelli

The combination of lime and passion fruit sounds incredible - light, refreshing, and delicious! Will have to try.

Tomato_harvest

almost 4 years ago DigNDine

You will be happy you did!