Lets Talk "Zespri" Kiwis.

Zespri” Kiwi Fruit Custard Cups

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After receiving the most beautiful box of “Zespri” kiwis fresh from New Zealand,  which truly hold amazing quality, care, & love in their gorgeous kiwis. Thank you Zespri!

I began to brainstorm about recipes I can use them in, & this opened an entirely new door to me. Even online, there is a lack of kiwi recipes & ideas; they are there…but simply not as widely spread as other fruit.

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Besides, how much do we actually know about Kiwis?

Here are some beguiling photos of juicy Zespri  kiwis being picked & harvested in New Zealand.

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Kiwis contain twice the amount of Vitamin C than Orange juice, & more potassium than Bananas, as well as a great source of anti-oxidants & the healing "Chlorophyl" it contains is resistant to cancer as well as the reason to why the fruit is beautifully green.

Kiwis also contain a relatively good amount of magnesium that strengthens the heart, protects the blood cells & helps the body absorb energy after feeding!

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Zespri has an amazingly informative video in their youtube channel that truly sheds light on undiscovered aspects about kiwi growing.

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 I was especially impressed with how they use "gridles" to enhance both the flavor & fruitiness of the kiwis! Super awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ham86Y05V78

Kiwis are one of the most amazing fruits, the taste, texture…one of my favorite things to start my day with is a bowl of freshly sliced cold kiwis.

Provided with the ideas I had…I settled for something that kept that “Yum” feeling you have when you eat a delicious plate of cold, freshly sliced, & luscious kiwis. Therefore Custard cups were made! The kiwis were simply sliced into chunks & drizzled with an orange & vanilla bean infused custard & topped with a simple blueberry coulis & white chocolate disc.

So here it is, Nourish your inner holiday spirit with these amazingly fresh & custard cups filled with orange Custard, fresh “Zespri” Kiwis, Blueberry coulis & a white chocolate disc topped with dried berries & coconut flakes.

For the Custard:

-1 cup milk

-1/2 vanilla bean, scraped & seeded

-1/8 teaspoons salt

-1 tablespoon orange juice

-1 teaspoon orange zest

-1 ½ tablespoon cornstarch

-6 tablespoons sugar

-2 tablespoons butter

In a bowl, mix ¼ cup of the milk with the cornstarch and set aside. In a pan mix the rest of the milk, salt, vanilla bean & vanilla bean stem, orange juice & zest and allow the mix to reach a gentle simmer, remove from the heat & allow the flavors to intensify for around 20-30 minutes.

Remove the vanilla bean from the milk mixture & add the sugar. Stir to dissolve & bring to a boil, then pour onto the cornstarch mixture & whisk well, return the mix to the saucepan and whisk over low-medium heat until it thickens. Remove, strain through a mesh strainer & place in a bowl then cover the custard directly with plastic wrap and place in a fridge to cool before using.

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Blueberry Coulis:

*Coulis is usually made with sugar added to it, but here I really wanted the “Sugar kick” to be moderate, therefore I did not use any sugar in the blueberry coulis & went for the natural sugar within the fruit & the surrounding elements that are to be mixed with it.

-100g Blueberries, fresh or frozen

Simply pulse the blueberries in a processor until smooth as possible & sieve through a mesh strainer, store in the fridge until ready to use.

For the White Chocolate disc:

-1/4 cup white chocolate

-6 dried berries

-1 teaspoon coconut flakes

Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper, melt the white chocolate & using a spoon make 2 discs and flatten them with the back of the spoon, sprinkle with the berries and coconut and allow to set by placing in the fridge.

-3 Kiwis, sliced both vertically & horizontally

To assemble the cups, begin by spooning custard then kiwi, keep making the layers and finally top with a drizzle of blueberry coulis & white chocolate disc.

Serve, or keep in the fridge until ready to eat.

You'll just keep digging for more & more :)

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