This is supposed to be an ideal warm dessert for the cold winter so it may be totally inappropriate for the hot weather spell we are experiencing in Malaysia lately. But don't let that stop you from trying. LOL!
Firstly, The Ingredients ....
1 red apple (preferably organic)
1 pint apple juice (optional)
1 teaspoon Kuzu
1 tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
The above portion will be adequate to serve 1-2 people (in fact, I think it's just enough for me alone!) so if you want to serve more than 2 people, adjust the amount accordingly.
Next, The Method ....
1. Cut the red apple into small cubes.
Note that I suggest using organic apples because I include the skin as well which may contain pesticides if you are not using the organic ones. Alternatively, you can exclude the skin if you wish, but including the skin will give you better texture when you bite into the apple cubes.
By the way, how large or small you cut the cubes is up to you. I just seem to prefer smaller cubes.
2. Add water (preferably filtered since we are already talking healthy here haha!) and make sure the apple cubes are entirely covered with the water.
Alternatively, you may want to use apple juice which you can buy from shops, or you can make yourself using your own juicer at home.
In my case, I only use filtered water. No apple juice. Too lazy to juice the apples! LOL!
3. Boil the apple chunks in water or apple juice for about 5 - 8 minutes. After that, turn to low heat and let it simmer. You may want to add in the cinnamon at this stage. In my case, I did not add the cinnamon as I did not have any in my kitchen! LOL!
4. Take out 1 teaspoon of kuzu and mix it with 1 tablespoon of water to produce a smooth paste.
OK, I'm using a tablespoon instead because I wanted a bit more. Haha.
Not sure what is kuzu? It is a kind of climbing plant native to Southeast Asia. Some spell it as kudzu, like this packet which I bought from the Woods Macrobiotic shop in SS2. You can buy kuzu from organic shops or health food stores.
Kuzu has many health benefits too long to mention here - you may want to google it. Kuzu can also be used as a thickening agent in place of cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
After mixing with water, this is how my kuzu paste looks like.
5. Add the kuzu paste into the apple cubes and water or apple juice mix, stir for a while and turn off the fire. The liquid will thicken a little.
6. Your Apple Kuzu Dessert is now ready to be served warm! Enjoy :)
Didn't I tell you earlier that this is a very simple recipe? Haha! Try it and let me know if you like this Apple Kuzu Dessert!