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Shabbat Recipe: AAA Desert!

INN brings you a light delight of a dessert to have at the end of traditionally heavy Shabbat meals.
By Sima Herzfeld
First Publish: 7/29/2011, 11:51 AM / Last Update: 7/29/2011, 1:37 PM

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Let’s be honest, healthy and dessert are oxymorons.  There are no really good desserts that are truly healthy.  On the other hand, sometimes all we need is a little taste of something sweet at the end of a meal in order to feel completely satisfied.  This is especially true after eating a heavy meat meal.  While those rich, creamy, and sugary desserts always look attractive, many of us often regret that short moment of pleasure.  I recommend trying a lighter dessert which also has wonderful health benefits.

 
The AAA in the title stands for Apple Agar-Agar.   Agar-Agar, also known as kanten,  is a gelatine made from seaweed.  Besides having all  of the wonderful health benefits of seaweed, it is also an excellent kosher gelatine option.  More and more badatz products in Israel that use gelatine are switching to seaweed gelatine.  Seaweed gelatine  is also preferable to animal gelatine  from a culinary point of view as unlike beef or fish gelatine it doesn’t melt at room temperature.
 
All seaweeds are known to be high in vitamins and minerals.  They are especially high in  iodine, calcium, and iron.  Some seaweeds have up to ten times more calcium than milk and up to twenty-five times more iron than beef.  All sea vegetables (a fancier way of saying seaweed) help to lower cholesterol, are beneficial to the thyroid, and they help to detoxify the body.  Seaweed is so healthy and it makes me feel so alive that I have made it a habit to eat  five to fifteen grams of seaweed every single day.  Not everyone however likes the taste of seaweed (that was an understatement) and they avoid eating it.  Since agar-agar is tasteless, odorless, and  invisible when cooked, no-one has to actually know what it is that they eating.
 
However, my favorite feature of agar-agar is that it helps to promotes digestion and weight loss.  Yes, that is correct, a dessert that will actually help you to lose weight!  So, now you can eat your dessert and enjoy it too.
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 5 tablespoons agar-agar flakes
  • 1 tablespoons rice malt (a healthy sweetener)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 golden apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
 
Bring the apple cider, agar flakes, rice malt, and spices to a boil over a medium flame while stirring frequently.  Simmer for three minutes .  Add the apple pieces and simmer for two minutes more.  Remove the cinnamon stick and pour into individual molds.  Allow to cool and then refrigerate for one hour.
 
Serves 6-8.  Serve chilled
 
Note:  The correct amount of agar-agar to use fluctuates in accordance to the acidity of the dish.  To check if you are using the correct amount of agar-agar, remove one tablespoon of the mixture and pour onto a flat surface.  After five minutes you will be able to see if it holds.
 
Enjoy!
 
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