Almond Tofu with Mixed Fruit Agar Agar

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Most Chinese desserts are served warm, but some are served chilled like the ever-popular almond tofu or almond jelly 杏仁豆腐 (xing ren dou fu) with fruit cocktail which is a great favourite among children and adults alike. Today, we have a creative spin-off on the classic dessert with home cook Carol Anne’s recipe for Almond Tofu with Mixed Fruit Agar Agar that combines all the delicious components into a beautiful agar agar cake!

Almond Tofu with Mixed Fruit Agar Agar

Almond Tofu with Mixed Fruit Agar Agar

Instead of the instant almond jelly powder that home cooks would normally use to make the almond tofu, we have swapped it out with Good Lady’s 100% Pure Almond Powder. Good Lady’s Almond Powder is made of 100% pure chinese sweet apricot kernels, which is commonly known as 南杏 (nan xing). Its sweet flavor makes it a suitable ingredient for desserts, and it is also traditionally known to relieve cough, nourish the lungs, and relieve constipation. In recent years, scientific research has shown that it contains a high amount of antioxidants that will help to strengthen the immune system and improve skin condition. With such good nutritional benefits, I’m sure you would want to use this ingredient to make healthier dessert for your family!

Good Lady's 100% pure almond powder

Good Lady's 100% Pure Almond Powder

The ingredients that you will need are lychee juice, mango juice, agar agar powder, sugar, diced fresh fruits (mango, green kiwi, strawberries, lychees), condensed milk, water, and Good Lady’s 100% Pure Almond Powder.

Start with making the first layer with mixed fruits that will sit on the top of the cake. 

In a pot, add water, lychee juice, and agar agar powder. Stir the mixture with a whisk on low heat until there are no lumps. #Tip: to see if the powder has completely dissolved, dip a spoon into the liquid and check the back of the spoon to see if there are specks of agar agar clinging onto it.

Dissolving agar agar powder into boiling water

Whisk the lychee juice and agar agar powder until it has completely dissolved

Use a spoon to check if agar agar powder has dissolved

Use a spoon to check if agar agar powder has dissolved

Once the agar agar powder has dissolved, add sugar into the mixture and stir until it has dissolved then remove the pot from the heat.

Pouring sugar into a pot

Add sugar into the mixture and stir until it has dissolved

Pour the agar agar mixture into a cake mould until its height is ¼ of an inch and evenly arrange the fruit pieces in the mould. Once done, pour the rest of the agar agar mixture over the fruits and let the whole layer chill in the fridge for two hours to firm up.

Arranging fruits for the first agar agar layer

Arrange the fruits for the first agar agar layer

Pouring agar agar mixture over mixed fruits in a cake mould

Pour the rest of the agar agar mixture over the fruits

Next is to make the second Sweet Almond milk layer. #Tip: while it may be more time efficient to prepare the next layer while waiting for the previous layer to set, you can’t keep the mixture out too long. Hence, only start preparing the next layer only when the previous layer has almost set.

In a large mixing bowl, add water, condensed milk, and almond powder and mix well to combine. 

Pouring condensed milk into water in a mixing bowl

Add the water, condensed milk, and almond powder into a bowl

Mixing agar agar mixture with a spoon

Mix well with spoon

Pour the almond mixture into a pot and add the agar agar powder. Stir to combine then turn on the heat and bring it up to a boil while stirring constantly until the powder has completely dissolved.

Stirring pot with a metal whisk

Dissolve the agar agar powder by stirring the mixture on low heat

Add sugar to the mixture and stir until it has dissolved. Then remove the almond mixture from the heat.

Adding sugar to a metal pot on heat

Add sugar to the almond mixture

Check that the first mixed fruit layer has set in the mould and lightly score it with a fork.

Score mixed fruit agar agar with a fork

Score the mixed fruit layer with a fork

Set a strainer over the mould and gently pour in the almond mixture over the mixed fruit layer. Then place the mould back into the fridge to chill for another two hours or until the almond layer has set.

Straining almond agar agar mixture into a cake mould

Strain the almond mixture while pouring into the mould

For the third step, make the mango layer of the agar agar cake. If you can’t find pure mango juice in the stores, you can make your own mango juice by blending the flesh of one mango with 1-1½ cups of water and straining it for a smoother texture. Add some honey to the leftover juice for a refreshing drink while you wait for your dessert to set! 

In a pot, add the mango juice and agar agar powder and stir until there are no lumps. Turn the heat on low and stir until the powder has dissolved. #Tip: be careful not to overcook this fruit mixture as simmering agar agar in acidic liquid for a long time will cause it to break down and the agar agar will not set.

Stirring mango agar agar mixture with a whisk

Stir to dissolve the agar agar powder into the mango juice

Add some sugar to the mango layer to sweeten if needed and stir until it has dissolved. You may omit the sugar if the juice is sweet enough to your liking. Remove from heat.

Adding sugar to a metal pot

Add sugar to the mango mixture for taste

Take out the mould from the fridge and check that the almond layer has set. Then pour the mango layer mixture over it and set the mould into the fridge to chill for two hours or until the mango layer has set.

Pouring mango agar agar mixture into a cake mould

Pour the mango mixture over the set almond layer

Once the mango layer is ready, carefully run a small knife around the edges of the mould and flip it over onto a serving plate and your healthy and delicious dessert is ready!. #Tip: serve immediately after removing the agar agar cake from the mould as it will melt if kept for too long.

A slice of Almond Tofu with Mixed Fruit Agar Agar

The Almond Tofu with Mixed Fruit Agar Agar is ready!

Get the recipe here!

Almond Tofu with Mixed Fruit Agar Agar

Servings 8-12 people

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 6 hours

Ingredients

Mixed fruit jelly layer

  • 2cups water
  • 1cup canned lychee juice
  • 2 1/2tsp agar agar powder
  • 1/4cup sugar
  • 2cups cubed fresh fruitslychee, green kiwi, mango, strawberries

Almond milk jelly layer

  • 2cups water
  • 2tbsp condensed milk
  • 6scoops 100% Pure Almond Powder
  • 1 3/4 tsp agar agar powder
  • 3tbsp sugar

Mango jelly layer

  • 2cups mango juice
  • 3tsp agar agar powder
  • sugar to sweetenoptional

Instructions

Step 1: Make the first mixed fruit layer

  1. In a small pot add cold water, lychee juice, agar agar powder and stir till there are no lumps.
  2. Turn on heat and bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.
  3. Let it boil for a minute till the agar agar powder is completely dissolved. #Tip: Check by dipping a spoon into the liquid to see if there’s any specks of agar agar stuck to the back of the spoon.
  4. Add sugar and stir till dissolved then remove from heat.
  5. Pour ¼ inch agar agar into mould and distribute the fruit pieces evenly over the agar agar.
  6. Once all fruits are added, pour the rest of the liquid gently over them.
  7. Let this layer chill in the fridge for 2 hours till it is firm enough to pour second layer.

Step 2: Make the second almond milk layer

  1. Combine the almond milk ingredients and mix well.
  2. In a small pot add the almond milk and agar agar powder and stir till there are no lumps.
  3. Turn on heat and bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.
  4. Let it boil for a minute till the agar agar powder is completely dissolved.
  5. Add sugar and stir till dissolved then remove from heat.
  6. Ensure first layer is set and score the surface with a fork. Gently pour the hot almond milk agar agar on top through a strainer.
  7. Let this layer chill in the fridge for 2 hours till it is firm enough to pour third layer.

Step 3: Make the third mango layer

  1. In a small pot, add the mango juice and agar agar powder and stir till there are no lumps.
  2. Turn on low heat and stir till the agar agar powder is completely dissolved. #Tip: Be careful not to overcook this fruit mixture as simmering agar agar in acidic liquid for a long time will break it down and the agar agar will not set.
  3. Ensure second layer is set and gently pour the hot mango agar agar on top.
  4. Let the agar agar cool down and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Step 4: Serving

  1. Slide a thin flat knife around the mould to separate the agar agar from the mould. #Tip: Unmould only when about to serve as the agar agar will melt.

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