Kanten Recipe: Consider it the Jell-O of champions!
Kuzu (also spelled Kudzu) is the starch of the kuzu plant: it is a wonderful thickener and is easy to get in health food stores. Kanten, the dessert made with kuzu, is quick and delicious, and does wonders for upset stomachs. You can eat it warm too. If you wanted a real quick kanten, make this dessert without berries, using just the kuzu and the juice of your choice.
You can make it with any fruit of your choice:
Don’t hesitate to use Frozen fruit here. Not just berries, but lychees, pineapple, mango, cherries, rhubarb, anything that looks good on shopping day.
We grew up with tapioca as a thickener, and I would still use it as the next best thing for this and many other desserts that call for a thickener.
- ⅔ cup kuzu
- 2 cups unfiltered apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice
- 2 pouches Levana Nourishments Mixed Berry
- 6 cups unsweetened mixed frozen berries
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
In a medium saucepan, mix the kuzu and cider until dissolved. Turn on the flame and cook on medium-high flame until thickened, just a few minutes. Add the berries and maple syrup and cook a few more minutes until the mixture is heated through and loses its cloudy shade. Transfer to a mold or individual cups and chill. Makes about 8 servings