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Homemade Durian Sweets (Lempuk) Recipe

Homemade Durian Sweets (Lempuk) Recipe

Homemade Durian Sweets (Lempuk) Recipe

This lovely treat is usually made from durians when there is a bountiful harvest. The durian pulp is cooked down with sugar into a delightful chewy candy that one can gnaw on long after the durian season is over.

Ingredients :

    • 2 kg (8 cups) durian flesh, deseeded
    • 600 g (3 cups) sugar

Pinch of salt :

    • 100 g (2/3 cup) plain flour
    • 1 pandanus leaf, raked lengthwise with a fork, tied into a knot
    • Wax paper or cling wrap, cut to size
    • Some coloured ribbons

Method :

    1. Cook the durian flesh with the sugar, salt, flour and the pandanus leaf in a deep saucepan over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens. Keep stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and continue stirring until the mixture tends to leave the side of the pan, about 1–2 hours. Remove from the heat.
    2. Put the durian mixture into a tray and use the back of a wooden spoon to flatten the top. Set aside to cool.
    3. Working with a thin glove, pinch a small portion of the mixture and, using your palms, roll it up into a small round ball, about 100g (4 oz) in weight. Wrap each ball with wax paper or cling wrap. Tie with a coloured ribbon. Arrange the parcels on a serving tray. Store any balance in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

Makes 23 pcs
Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 1–2 hrs + packaging time