How about a healthy sweet dessert that looks Christmas-y and goes along with our theme for December? Shining Stars: “You shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” Phillipians 2:15b-16
Star fruit is delicious! If you’ve never tried it, it has the texture of an apple and tastes like a mixture of apple and pineapple. I have bought it and eaten it raw. But I have come across a couple of recipes using star fruit and decided to try them for my recipes this month.
Here’s the first one: Star Fruit with Mango-Orange Sauce Dessert. Come along with me in my kitchen as my kids and I set out to make this festive dish!
All of the fruit used in this dish are in season right now! This is a great time to make this. Here’s a picture of what you need to hit up in your produce department:
If you’re making it all from fresh fruit, you’ll need two oranges, one mango, one pomegranate (or cherries), and one star fruit.
Here are three star fruit – I used the smallest yellow one because it is ripe. The other two need to ripen up a bit more for my next recipe. But this shows you what it looks like!
Let me take a minute to pause before we dive in and tell you a little about star fruit! Star fruit is tropical and grows in Thailand, South East Asia, Australia, South America, and Hawaii & Florida. They are in season during the winter months. They are a good source of vitamin C and are full of antioxidants and flavonoids. Only 30 calories per fruit!
Besides that, look how cute they are when sliced! These stars are another example of God’s rich imagination in nature. Star fruit is an extraordinary treat!
This recipe only serves 2-4 people, depending on how large the star fruit is that you use. So if you need to serve more people, you’ll need to add to the recipe. The recipe suggests using 3-4 slices per person, but it may depend on the size of star fruit you are using. It also suggests eating it served over ice cream. I didn’t have any in the house, so we ate it as-is. I can say, it’s great alone or would be great on ice cream!
You will need:
1 fresh ripe star fruit (yellow, possibly with brown down the edges – trim those off before slicing)
1 cup orange juice, or 2 oranges juiced
1 fresh ripe mango
1/4 cup brown sugar or maple syrup or agave nectar (we used agave)
Coconut milk to stir in to taste (up to 1 cup)
optional: fresh pomegranate seeds or cherries
optional: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
1. Put the sliced star fruit in a small sauce pan on the stove.
2. Juice the oranges.
3. Add the orange juice to the sauce pan. Stir well and turn the heat on high until juice begins to boil. Then turn down to medium. Simmer on medium for 10 minutes. Gently stir and flip the pieces of star fruit over every once in a while so they cook evenly. Remove any brown seeds that you might have missed when slicing the star fruit if they come to the surface.
4. While the star fruit is cooking, cut and peel the mango and put it into a food processor, mini chopper, or blender. Process or blend until smooth. (I had to add a little splash of water to get my blender to puree it.) Set aside.
5. When the star fruit is done cooking, remove the pan from the heat and add the sweetener of your choice. Stir to dissolve. Then add in the mango puree and stir.
6. Do a taste-test to check for sweetness. If it is too sweet, you can add a little lime juice. If it’s not sweet enough, you can add more sweetener.
7. Get the pomegranate seeds or cherries ready. My kids were working on the pomegranate as I was cooking the star fruit.
8. Serve warm slices of star fruit in a bowl with enough sauce to surround the fruit. Sprinkle in some pomegranate seeds or cherries. They add a great festive contrast to the dish – both visually and on the palate! Then drizzle coconut milk over it. (If you want, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.) Dig in!
Here’s to your health, as you shine like the stars God made you!
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