Recipe by Ellie Wang
If you love a luscious dessert as much as we do, try this flan caramelo-inspired pudding, infused with the flavor of black Jing Si Tea. Though you must make it a day ahead, the wait is well worth it: its smooth and creamy texture is only one-upped by its beautiful presentation. Watch our creative video recipe, courtesy of Ellie Wang, to learn how to make yours!
Note: this recipe requires the use of eggs and will not be suitable for vegans.
45g and 75g white sugar, separate
450g warm milk (or your preferred plant-based alternative)
45g cold water
15g hot water
recommended tools: kitchen scale (to measure ingredients), mesh sieve or strainer, 5 small cups, containers, or molds, steaming tray + small pot to steam containers
- Combine 45g sugar and warm milk; add tea leaves. For stronger tea flavor, add 1 teaspoon more. Set aside to steep.
- Whisk eggs well and stir into milk tea mixture. Using a mesh sieve, strain the mixture 3-4 times for a smooth consistency.
- In a saucepan, combine 45g cold water and 75g sugar over medium heat, swirling (not stirring) every so often.
- Once the mixture has darkened to a deep brown color, add 15g hot water to the caramel. Swirl the mixture to combine well.
- Working quickly, pour caramel out evenly among preferred containers. Caramel may harden if not poured out on time. Reheat if necessary.
- Then, slowly pour the pudding mixture evenly among the containers. Slow pouring helps reduce air bubbles. Cover each container with foil.
- Using a steaming tray, place containers in a pot. Add boiling water to pot, making sure it does not touch the bottom of the containers. Turn heat on high to steam pudding for 6 minutes.
- When done, remove from steam and let cool completely. Refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to serve, use a small knife to release edges of the pudding. Take a small plate (larger than the circumference of your container), place on top of pudding, hold tight, and flip. If pudding does not release from container, gently tap top of container and repeat. Serve immediately.
A Message From the Chef
From participating in these video recipes, I learned a lot about PowerDirector (the specific editing software I used) and editing in general. I also learned many things about making do with what I have on hand. For example, I had to set up my phone using a selfie stick and a glass jar in order to get an overhead shot. I really enjoyed this project and I hope to participate again!
– Ellie Wang, Sophomore at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, CA