Almost during the same time when I posted this Apple Chutney made from the apples I received from SCS, I also made this dessert. I am not a fan of cinnamon in my desserts. I owe it to our Indian cooking traditions where cinnamon is extensively used as a spice in cooking various savory meals, but never in desserts. Using cinnamon extensively in desserts is more a Western concept similar to what cardamom is to us. Unfortunately, my attempts at liking cinnamon rolls have been disastrous too :( I have to admit I still love cardamom over cinnamon in my desserts.
Somehow apple desserts have always been paired with cinnamon flavors. Though personally it's not my favorite, my mom persuaded me to try cinnamon flavor in this pudding since apples made it's base. I was at my mom's place due for delivery and this dessert was served to my family for our lunch. The dessert being eggless was most relished by dad. Unaware that this was a Apple Cinnamon Pudding, he found it interestingly different from our traditional Indian desserts :) Glad he loved it.
Apple Cinnamon Pudding
2-3 tbsp. corn flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tart apples
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Toasted flaked almonds and raisins to garnish
Wash the apples thoroughly. Par, core and grate them. Heat a tablespoon of butter and add the grated apples. Cook them on low flame till they have softened well and most of the water content from the apples has evaporated. Turn off the flame and add in cinnamon powder. Set aside to cool.
Dissolve corn flour in 1/4th cup of milk and set aside. Boil the rest of the milk along with brown sugar. Reduce the flame and slowly add in the corn flour milk mixture in a thin stream stirring the milk continuously. Simmer and cook till the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Allow to cool. Finally add in the above cooked apples to the prepared pudding and mix everything well. Transfer to a pudding dish and refrigerate for 2-3 hours and serve cold. Garnish well with toasted flaked almonds and raisins.
The pudding overall was great and my family loved it. The toasted flaked almonds and raisins added crunch and nuttiness to the dish which I enjoyed the most. Not the best pudding to my tastes since I still can't seem to love cinnamon in my desserts. I may need more time on that. However, this doesn't mean you will not like it. You probably will if you love apple cinnamon combo.