There must be a thousand ways to enjoying almonds, a sacred nut in different mediterranean and central-asian cultures. From nibbling immature green almonds dipped in nothing but salt (a most delightful treat) to using them in dessert making and even stew cooking, possibilities are endless! And it can be as simple as a one-ingredient recipe. For instance, ice-cold blanched almonds is a favourite yummy Lebanese mezze. As for me personally, I tend to use almonds in most of my cooking and my pantry is never short of them (you can check my previous almond recipes for more almond inspiration 🙂
I hope you get to try making this pudding as it is so easy to prepare and is incredibly yummy. And you can always prepare it ahead of time and keep it refrigerated till ready to serve.
2 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp orange blossom water
1 cup of almonds, soaked in warm water for a couple of hours, then blanched
2 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp shelled pistachios, chopped
2 tbsp good-quality honey
- Grind the almonds in a food processor till ground.
- Pour 2 1/2 cups milk in a medium pan put over medium heat. Add the sugar. Stir often till sugar has dissolved.
- Lower the cooking heat and add both the ground almonds and orange blossom water to the milk. Cook, stirring often, for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, stir the corn starch into the 2 tbsp of milk till mixture becomes smooth. Then pour over the almond and milk mixture. Stir for another couple of minutes till mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat.
- Divid the almond milk pudding almond among the individual serving bowls. Allow to cool completely before sprinkling the top with some pistachios. Refrigerate till ready to serve. Serve the pudding topped with some honey (optional). Enjoy!
Note: a matter of personal taste, and even though I love desserts, I’m not a fan of food that is too sweet. So I tend to add the minimum sugar needed. The addition of honey later on should balance the sweetness of the pudding, but if you feel it is not sweet enough, you can always add some more sugar if you wish to.