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Filipino Cuisine: Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert

FILIPINO CUISINE: AGAR-AGAR FRUIT COCKTAIL DESSERT      Rate ThisFor dessert, Linda made a Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert.  Most of the ingredients are ready for use in a jar or can except the Agar-Agar which has to be prepared.The Agar-Agar Fruit Cocktail Dessert is quick and easy to make as most of the ingredients can be stocked in the pantry. This dessert is versatile as you can used various can fruits of your preference.Ingredients2 tablespoons agar-agar powder1/2 cup granulated sugar4 cups water1 cup 2% milk1 teaspoon flavoring extract like almond, coconut, lychee etc1 jar (12 ounce) young coconut string, drained1 large can (796ml) fruit cocktail, drained1 small can (6 ounce) of thick creamSource: LindaPrep time: 30 minutes;  Serves 8 to 10InstructionsCombine sugar, agar-agar powder, flavoring extract, milk and water in a medium sauce pan. You may used the liquid from the fruit cocktail (as part of the water) to sweeten the agar-agar and reduce the sugar from this recipe.Cook on medium heat with constant stirring until it comes to a boil.Pour the slightly thicken agar-agar mixture into a baking pan and let it cool in a cold water bath. The agar-agar will solidify when it cools.Linda demonstrated to us a cool trick to cut up the agar-agar. She uses a lemon zester to scrape the agar-agar into long strips that resemble noodles or young coconut strings.If you dont have young coconut strings in your pantry, you can flavored the agar-agar with coconut extract and it will look and taste like young coconut strings.Combine the drained fruit cocktail, young coconut strings and agar-agar in a large bowl.Add a can of thick cream.Mix well and chill before serving.Linda, thank you so much for sharing your Filipino heritage with us.

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