My Auntie K has been a major supporter of my sweet tooth since I was young, and has been spoiling me with baking supplies from Williams Sonoma since I was a kid. I attribute much of my love of baking to her, and think of her fondly whenever I use my stand mixer, melamine mixing bowls, ice cream containers, and most recently, a second ice cream maker attachment!
Yes, this means I think of her a lot. Thank you, Auntie K!
She also cooks like a boss. Seriously, what more could you ask for in an aunt?? I always look forward to meals at her home, because not only do I get to spend time with my family, but I know there will always be something tasty and delicious served up.
A few years ago, she made this amazing mango pudding. My husband went crazy for it, so I had to ask for the recipe. Happily, she’s the kind of lady who says things like, “Absolutely, recipes are meant to be shared and enjoyed!” So when friend after friend kept asking me for this recipe, I was happy to oblige.
Actually, just this week, a friend said to me, “OOH your mango pudding was really good! So… I mean, I know some recipes are secret family recipes, so it’s totally okay if you can’t, but… I told my mom about your aunt’s mango pudding, and she was wondering if she could get the recipe to make for an event next month…”
Now there are two things to note here:
If you haven’t tried it before, mango pudding is a popular dessert at Chinese restaurants. The consistency is more more jello-like than puddingy. Sure, there are pre-mixed packets that you can just add water to, but they don’t even come close to this recipe! This recipe uses fresh mangoes and a special secret ingredient:
…mango pulp! Cans of mango pulp can be found at most Indian markets (or here on Amazon), and my aunt recommends the Kesar variety, so I’ve always gotten that.
Like a good fruit tart, this is the kinda dessert that “not dessert people” seem to also enjoy. It’s light on the sweetness, and the freshly diced mangoes make it a perfect summertime treat.
I made these for my dear friend Debbie’s bridal shower this past weekend. Usually, I serve this dessert in individual ramekins and/or by scooping portions out of a 9″ x 13″ tray and squirting some evaporated milk on top with a squeeze bottle. However, I wanted to pretty things up for this event, so I got some dessert cups with lids and mini tasting spoons, which also made it easier to serve at the shower.
This makes a generous batch, so you’ll want to bring it to share with lotssss of friends! I enjoy it served with evaporated milk, but you can also have it without. You do have to go out of your way to pick up a couple of unusual ingredients (mango pulpand gelatin), but after that, it’s a cinch to put it all together. The most time-consuming part of this recipe is dicing the mangoes. Other than that, you just stir and chill!
Thanks again for sharing your delicious creation with us, Auntie K!
Auntie K’s Mango Pudding Recipe
*If you like it firmer (jello-like), use 6 tablespoons of gelatin. If you prefer it softer or pudding-like, use 4 tablespoons.