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Papaya And Egg Pudding

An intriguing blend of papaya fruit and egg yolk, make for an unusual dessert, originated by the Portuguese settlers in Mozambique.

1 medium sized ripe papaya
5 egg yolks
2 cups (475ml) sugar
2 or 3 lemons or limes
¼ (60ml) cup water
4 cloves whole
3 inch (8cm) piece of stick cinnamon

Peel, seed and coarsely chop the papaya.

Squeeze the lemons or limes to obtain ¼ cup of strained juice.

Using a very fine rasp rub the lemon/lime peel to obtain ½ tsp of zest.

Add the papaya, lemon or lime juice and water to the jar of an electric blender and blend on high for plus minus 45 seconds.

Scrape down the sides of the blender jar with a rubber spatula. Repeat the blending process until the mixture is smoothly pureed.

Using the back of a table or dessert spoon, rub the puree through a fine sieve into a 2 or 3 quart stainless steel or enameled pan.

Add the sugar, mixing well to ensure even distribution. Add the cloves and cinnamon stick.

Stir constantly while bringing to the boil over high heat.

Cook until a few drops of the mixture immediately form coarse threads when dropped from a spoon into cold water. (The mixture needs to be stirred regularly, until this point is reached.)

Remove the pan from the heat and, using a slotted spoon, remove the cloves and cinnamon stick. Discard the cloves and cinnamon stick.

Using a wire whisk, or electric beater if preferred, beat the egg yolks vigorously, in a deep heat proof, bowl, for about a minute, until the yolks thicken slightly.

Pour the hot syrup into the egg yolks in a thin stream, beating constantly and vigorously while doing so.

Continue to beat the mixture until it is smooth and thick. It should now be a deep bright yellow in colour.

The pudding should be divided into 4 individual heat proof dessert dishes and left to cool to room temperature. The dessert will continue to thicken while it cools.

The dish should be served immediately it reaches room temperature, or alternatively it may be completely chilled in a refrigerator before serving.

The lemon/lime zest may be sprinkled on top of the dessert before serving.

Less than 20 mins preparation time
About 20 mins cooking time
Serves 4

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