Sunday, June 10, 2007

graviola flan

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Some of you or many even, might not be familiar with the fruit ‘Graviola’. I believe that in the Spanish speaking countries of the Americas it is know as guanabana.Graviola is how we know it in Brasil. Mind you, not all over Brasil because it is native to the north and in the rest of the country not everybody is familiar with it. Nowadays we also find it in central Brasil – I recently saw it in a market near Brasilia which is where my mum lives. I was fortunate enough to grow up drinking a lot of graviola juice. Brasilians as most latin americans that I know love their fruit juice. I am no longer in my twenties, let alone thirties, so that gives you an idea of how popular fruit juice has always been back in my home country. Ops, I have gone on a tangent. Sorry! Back to Graviola.

I was quite surprised myself to find some info about Graviola in a site about alternative cancer treatments. Read here if you would like to find out more.

Moving away from the medicinal side, I always loved it because it is so refreshing. I remember that one of my cousins always used to pick the ripe ones from her back garden and would prepare juice, desserts... When I was home last year I made a lovely flan with it. And boy it was refreshing.

As we can find it abroad in the form of frozen pulp I have decided to publish its recipe here as well. Any stores that sell Brasilian products, including frozen pulps, will have graviola pulp amongst the various flavours sold. Just ask. I also believe that in North America you might be able to find it in stores where they sell produce from Latin American countries as it is a fruit found in many other countries. I found this company from Ecuador for instance - look here.

The condensed milk ingredient makes it so Brasilian in the sense that we use condensed milk an awful lot in sweet dishes. As for the pulp, if you are lucky enough to find the fruit near where you live, you will need to blend it and push the contents through a sieve before adding it to your recipe. If you are using the pulp there is no need for that. It is a recipe put together very easily and lovely for the hot summer days.

Graviola flan

1 can of condensed milk

2 ¼ cups of graviola pulp

6 gelatine leaves or 1 packet of powder gelatine

1 starfruit cut into slices

A bit of Drambui liqueur

Hydrate the gelatine by putting it in cold water for five minutes. Then squeeze the excess water and dissolve it in Bain Marie. Put the condensed milk and the pulp in the blender and give it a good whiz. With the blender still on gradually add the dissolved gelatine. After that transfer the mixture to flan containers which would have been previously put in cold water. Sprinkle the poppy seeds before putting the containers in the fridge for a good 4 hours at least. Before serving prepare a nice sauce with Drambuí liqueur.

We just made it by putting equal measure of water and sugar in a pan. When the sugar dissolves lower the heat and continue stirring until it starts to thicken. Take it off the fire and add a splash of Drambuí liqueur.

Drizzle it over the flan and decorate it with the star fruit slices.


Cynthia said...

Hi Valentina, thank you soooo much for visiting my blog and leaving such kind comments. I am very happy that I am able to discover your blog.

I have added you to my blog roll and feeds.

Now to the graviola flan. In some other parts of the Caribbean, we call this soursop. This fruit is so prized when you can get one. I love the way it perfumes the house, especially the kitchen when it is ripe. I usually hold the fruit to my face and keep inhaling all the time :)

I like the idea of making a flan with it and so the next time I get one I will certainly try this recipe. I generally make juice with it and I also have a family friend who likes to eat the pulp with condensed milk! :)

I am so happy to find your blog, I am going to be coming back often!

Helene said...

I have seen it once but never tasted make me hungry! Looks great and interesting. Off to find more soon!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Tina, I'm so glad you posted this recipe - it's such a Brazilian thing. Wonderful.
My father was born in the country side of São Paulo, very close to Minas Gerais, and he used to eat loads of graviola as a kid.

Lorena said...

This seems like an awesome idea! There's a guanabana tree in my grandparents house, so I'll be making some flan as soon as I see a guanabana in that tree. :D

Peabody said...

Interesting. I have never heard of that fruit. But I love me some flan, so I would love to try it.

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