Thursday, July 15, 2010

RECIPE - Cupuaçu and Lemongrass Milkshake (Leite Batida de Cupuaçu e Capim-Santo)

Since the pulp of the cupuaçu fruit is full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants I've been trying to find some recipes that use frozen cupuaçu pulp to create a healthy dish or drink. Many of the traditional Brazilian recipes for this exotic and spectacularly delicious fruit call for large amounts of sugar, cream, sweetened condensed milk and/or eggs to create the creams and custards which are most closely associated with cupuaçu.

I recently came across this recipe for a layered smoothie/milkshake that combines the rich, creamy taste of cupuaçu with the citric snap of lemongrass (capim-santo in Portuguese). Served icy-cold directly from the freezer, it's a waker-upper that gets top marks for flavor and for healthiness. With the increasing availability of frozen cupuaçu pulp in North America and Europe and with fresh lemongrass becoming more and more available everywhere, here's an exotic drink that you can enjoy at home in your morning robe.
RECIPE - Cupuaçu and Lemongrass Milkshake (Leite Batida de Cupuaçu e Capim-Santo)
Makes 2 drinks

2 Tbsp. finely chopped lemongrass (center leaves only)
2 cups nonfat milk
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar (can substitute honey)
1 cup frozen cupuaçu pulp (defrosted)
Place lemongrass, milk and sugar in bowl of blender or food processor. Blend or process for one minute.

Pour mixture through fine sieve into glass jar. Cover and place in freezer for 30 minutes.

Pour half of the cupuaçu pulp into each of two large tumblers. Then top with the lemongrass mixture from the freezer. Decorate with sprigs of lemongrass if desired, then serve immediately.

Recipe translated and adapted from Espaco Viva Mais.

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