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Recipe: Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding

Recipe: Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding

Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by RomanaMart/Shutterstock.com
prep time
10 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

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Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding

While the name "Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding" suggests the presence of meringue, there's no meringue in the mix. This gives the dessert a smoother feel, which many find appealing. Try layering the pudding with our English Eton Mess Fruit Salad for a dessert that is similar to a trifle without the cake.  

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blend :

    to stir together two or more ingredients until just combined; blending is a gentler process than mixing.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

Equipment Checklist

  • Blender (or pitcher + immersion blender)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Zester (or grater with small zesting plate/side)
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Citrus squeezer or juicer
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Ingredients

Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding

  • 1 12-16 oz pkg silken tofu **(for SOY ALLERGY sub 1 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free/nut-free yogurt)**
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor—check label)**
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar

Food Allergen Substitutions

Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding

  • Soy: Substitute 1 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt (or dairy-free/nut-free yogurt) for 1 pkg silken tofu.
  • Gluten/Wheat: Use certified gluten-free pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla flavor.

Instructions

Silken Lemon Meringue Pie Pudding

1.
measure + drain

Open 1 package of silken tofu and drain any excess water. Pour the tofu into a blender. Measure 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 cup sugar and add them to the blender with the tofu.

2.
zest + juice

Have your kids zest and juice 1 lemon into the blender.

3.
blend + serve

Blend all the ingredients. Take a taste test. If needed, add more sugar 1 to 2 teaspoons at a time. Once the flavor is perfect, if you are also making the English Eton Mess Fruit Salad (see recipe), layer the two completed recipes in cups. Or enjoy it on its own, chilled overnight. Eat and enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Tofu!

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Hi! I'm Tofu!

"I'm also called "bean curd" because Tofu (TOH-foo) is made from soybeans. I'm a great substitute for meat and eggs in many recipes, while my spongy texture absorbs the flavors of a dish's marinade, sauce, or seasoning!"

History & Etymology

  • Sources disagree on when the making of tofu began. Some say it was discovered about 2,000 years ago in China during the Han dynasty, and some say it was closer to 1,000 years ago. Legend says that Prince Liu An found the process for making tofu during the Han dynasty. Whether he did or the invention was just attributed to him, the Han dynasty tofu may not have resembled what we have now.
  • Another theory for tofu's discovery is ascribed to the addition of impure sea salt to a boiled soybean mixture that caused the concoction to curdle. Some also believe the credit goes to borrowed milk-curdling techniques from the Mongolians or East Indians.
  • Zen Buddhist monks introduced "Chinese tofu" to Japan in the late 8th century, where it was used as a replacement for meat and fish. Chinese immigrants brought tofu to Southeast Asia sometime between the 10th and 11th centuries. 
  • In the United States, tofu was first mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in letters written to two different people. He had tried it in London and referred to it as Chinese "cheese" made from soybeans.
  • The first tofu factory in the United States was established in 1878. The oldest currently running tofu company is Ota Tofu in Portland, Oregon, founded in 1911. 
  • The word "tofu" comes from the Japanese "tōfu," from the Chinese "dòufu," from "dòu" ("beans") and fŭ ("rot").

How to Select & Eat

  • The types of tofu you can buy are silken or soft, medium (regular or medium-firm), firm, and extra firm. 
  • Silken or soft tofu has not been pressed and has a higher moisture content than firmer tofu. It is similar to yogurt or pudding or a soft, early cheese. You can use it to make smoothies or as a replacement for eggs.
  • Medium tofu is a popular type, referred to as just "tofu" on some labels. It has a porous texture that is good for mopping up sauces. 
  • Firm tofu has been drained and pressed but still has a high moisture content. Its outside texture is similar to raw meat, and when you press it, it will bounce back. The inside is similar to a firm custard. Firm tofu is versatile to cook and can be pan-fried, deep-fried, or stir-fried. 
  • Extra-firm tofu has had a larger amount of liquid pressed out, and its texture is closer to fully-cooked meat. Therefore, it is a suitable replacement for meat and can be pan-fried, deep-fried, or stir-fried. You can also serve it cold or add it to soup. Extra-firm tofu does not absorb liquid as well as firm tofu, so if you use a marinade, choose medium or firm tofu. 
  • Tofu benefits from being frozen before cooking. Freezing tofu removes more of the liquid and gives it a stronger, firmer, and more meat-like texture. When you cook with frozen tofu, it will not fall apart as easily. Freezing also helps tofu to last longer, and it works with most forms but may be more difficult with the silken type.
  • To freeze tofu, drain the liquid from the package, then remove the block and gently squeeze out any remaining liquid with a paper or kitchen towel (you do not need to press it). Cut it into the size needed for your recipe. If you will be using a portion of a tofu block, separate what you are using, then put the pieces, not touching, on a tray covered with plastic wrap. After the tofu freezes, in about five hours or overnight, you can transfer it to a freezer-safe airtight container or bag. Frozen tofu may not need to be thawed before cooking, depending on your recipe. If you want to thaw it first, let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight, or if needed more quickly, run warm water over it.

Nutrition

  • Tofu is high in protein, which makes it a great meat substitute. Firm tofu has more protein than silken or soft tofu. It also has a higher fat content. 
  • Tofu is considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.
  • Tofu has a good amount of calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese. It can help strengthen bones, lower cholesterol, and prevent coronary heart disease.  
  • People allergic to soy should not consume tofu, which is made from soybeans.

History of Pudding!

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  • The term "pudding" was first mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem, referring to a savory pudding. The word comes from the Old French word "boudin," for black pudding, a type of sausage.
  • In the United Kingdom, pudding can be a sweet or savory dish, but it often means the same thing as "dessert." 
  • Yorkshire pudding is an example of a baked savory pudding in the UK. Its main ingredients are eggs, flour, and milk or water. It is similar to a popover or a Dutch baby pancake and is often served with a meat roast and gravy. 
  • In the United States, "pudding" refers to a dessert, similar to custard, made from milk and sugar and thickened with egg yolks, cornstarch, or gelatin. Flavors include chocolate, tapioca, and vanilla. The Jell-O company created an Instant Pudding in 1936.

Let's learn about England!

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  • England is ruled by a Monarch, a Prime Minister, and a Parliament. Windsor Castle is the oldest royal castle in the world that is still being used by the royal family.
  • England is on the island of Great Britain, along with Wales and Scotland. It is also part of the United Kingdom, which consists of those three countries and Northern Ireland. 
  • Did you know that there's no place in the UK that is more than 70 miles from the sea?! 
  • Stonehenge is a construction of immense stones that the early inhabitants of what's now Wiltshire, England, began building around 3100 BCE. The final sections were completed around 1600 BCE. Scientists are still not sure how or why they built it. One theory for its purpose is an astronomical observatory. It is very popular with tourists.
  • Other popular tourist spots in England include the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Parliament (Palace of Westminster), the Roman Baths and the city of Bath, and the Lake District.  
  • London, the capital city, wasn't always called that. In the past, its name was Londonium.
  • England took part in the briefest war in history. They fought Zanzibar in 1896, and Zanzibar surrendered after just 38 minutes!
  • There have been several influential English authors, but perhaps the most well-known is William Shakespeare, who wrote classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet.
  • English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee is credited with inventing the World Wide Web.
  • The British really like their sandwiches—they eat almost 11.5 billion a year!

What's It Like to Be a Kid in England?

  • Most schools in England require students to wear a school uniform. 
  • Sports kids play include football (soccer), cricket, rugby, tennis, netball (similar to basketball), and rounders (similar to baseball). They also play video games, watch the telly, and ride bikes or skateboards.
  • Boxing Day is a unique holiday kids celebrate in England the day after Christmas, December 26. The official public holiday is the first weekday after Christmas if Boxing Day falls on a weekend. When the English created the holiday, it was the day to share the contents of alms boxes with the poor. Today, it is mostly a day off from school and work, although some small gifts may be given out to family and employees, or collected to give to the poor.
  • English kids may have different names for everyday items also found in the United States. For example, a kid will call his mom "mum." Their backyard is a "garden." A big truck is called a "lorry," and the trunk of a car is a "boot." Biscuits in the US are closest to the British "scones," and cookies in England are "biscuits." A TV is usually called a "telly." Bags of chips are referred to as bags of "crisps." French fries, like those from a fast-food hamburger place, might be called "fries," but if they are thicker, like the ones typically served with batter-fried fish, they're called "chips" (fish and chips). Finally, kids call the fish sticks they might have for lunch "fish fingers.

THYME for a Laugh

What do you give an injured lemon?

Lemon-aid!

Lettuce Joke Around

What did the lemon say to the cake? 

"Sour you doing?"

The Yolk's On You

Why did the lemon stop halfway across the road? 

He ran out of juice!

THYME for a Laugh

What is a foots’ favorite food? 

Toe-fu!

The Yolk's On You

Why did the lemon have no friends? 

Because she was a sour-puss!

That's Berry Funny

Why did the Tofu cross the road? 

To prove he wasn’t chicken!

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