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Friday
Aug312012

Sweet Summer: Watermelon Pudding Served in a Watermelon Shell

So, in case you didn't know it, I am part of the Verizon Wireless Savvy Gourmets group. And as part of this group, we occasionally have the chance to take part in challenges or are privy to special offers from Verizon. Booyeah! And this time, our mission, should we choose to accept, was to create a creative post about a favorite summer food, using photos taken on the Xyboard device.

 

Well, that sounded like a fun enough challenge.

So first, I thought about my favorite summer foods, and one that came to mind was watermelon. But since this is a cake and dessert blog, how could I make it relevant? So I hit the Epicurious application on the Xyboard (I love this because unlike a laptop, the tablet is a little more kitchen-friendly) and did a search for watermelon desserts. One that caught my eye right away was Watermelon Pudding. How refreshing does that sound? And based on the recipe, it seemed easy, too. SCORE!

And to make it even better and cuter, I decided to save the watermelon shell to use as a serving dish! Now how freaking cute is that? 

But here's where I need your help. If you think this is painfully adorable (and really, it is), could you please leave a comment on this post? Because the post with the most comments is eligible for a $250 prize. And I really feel like I'd like to use this money to go visit my little sister in San Francisco (and write about the bakeries I visit there, NATCH!).

Here's how I adapted the recipe I found to make the cute dish you see. 

And before I post the recipe, let me say this disclosure-ly stuff: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Gourmets program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Watermelon Pudding Served in a Watermelon Shell

 

 

Serves 4

For the pudding

  • 3 cups coarsely chopped seeded watermelon (about half of a small watermelon)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

For the whipped cream topping

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • red food coloring

Procedure

  1. Slice your watermelon in half; scoop out the watermelon from one half (it should be enough). Reserve the hollowed-out half, as this will be your serving dish. Eat the other half in slices, with friends.
  2. Purée watermelon in a blender until smooth, then pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium saucepan, pressing on pulp and then discarding any remaining solids.
  3. Ladle about 1/4 cup watermelon juice into a small bowl and stir in cornstarch until smooth.
  4. Bring remaining watermelon juice and cream to a boil with the sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Stir cornstarch mixture again, then whisk into boiling liquid.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 3 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice.
  7. Pour pudding through cleaned sieve into a bowl, then transfer to your empty watermelon shell. Let cool for 30 minutes, until cold. Cover loosely and chill until set, at least 3 hours.
  8. Just before serving, beat cream with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Stir in a drop or two of food coloring last, stirring only until incorporated. Top the pudding with the pink whipped cream, and scatter with mini chocolate chips to bring the watermelon theme home.  Enjoy chilled; this pudding will keep for 1 day in the fridge. 

 

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Reader Comments (18)

SO freaking cute! Makes me want to throw a picnic just to have one of these cuties to share :)
August 31 | Unregistered CommenterMarlo M
Hah, Jessie, you always come up with the best stuff. This looks delicious!! Reminds me of my favorite gelato in Rome... watermelon gelato with little chocolate chips in it. Mmmmm. =)
August 31 | Unregistered CommenterKelsea Echo
Yay!!!
August 31 | Unregistered Commenterbecca
wow looks so yummy!
September 1 | Unregistered Commentersugaraddict21
Awesome!
September 1 | Unregistered CommenterT.Walsh
Uber cute!
September 1 | Unregistered CommenterTitia
It looks refreshing and great...But the coloring is a real need?
Anyway I´m going to do it soon...
September 1 | Unregistered CommenterLeticia
I love watermelon! Have to agree that it is my favorite part of summer! I'm an American ex-pat living in the UK and England just doesn't have good watermelon! :0( boo!
But this would be fun to try! Good luck on winning!
September 1 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Good luck!!!! Looks amazing!
September 1 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Looks amazing! Bet it was so refreshing too!
September 2 | Unregistered CommenterLot-O-Choc
I am going to make it the first thing tomorrow!
September 2 | Unregistered CommenterDorothea
What a great looking recipe - and adorable to put it in its own little watermelon shell. You are so clever =)
September 3 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie
I really want a big bowl of watermelon now. First time I bought a watermelon in my life time was last week, it ended up in a green (veggie) smoothie though *^_^*

I'm curious how this tastes!
September 3 | Unregistered Commenterpeace
This looks amazing! You're so inventive!! :-)
September 4 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Thank you for this tasty looking recipe. You're helping further my delusion that summer is not over.
September 4 | Unregistered Commentersb cee
I love this. I was telling someone about this last weekend. I think I will make it for my next cookout! :)
September 4 | Unregistered CommenterKaryl
OMG adorable.

Another great watermelon treat: cubed watermelon mixed with lime zest and a little grand marnier, then vacuum packed. It gets a jello-like consistency and tastes delicious. Especially with chocolate mousse.
September 4 | Unregistered CommenterBethany S
Wow!!! This looks soooo yummi and super cute in the watermelon shell!!! Love it!!! :)
September 8 | Unregistered CommenterCaro's Kake

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