Here's how to make a tasty fruit treat that looks like zombie eyeballs, and is actually good for you!
Step 1: You Will Need:
Longan - This is an asian fruit similar to lychee. It should be available in the asian section of any big grocery store. It has the taste and texture sort of like a pear.
Fat-free plain yogurt
Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
Zip-top plastic quart bag (the freezer kind, they are thicker and more sturdy)
Frozen fruit juice - Apple/Cherry or any other red kind
Fat-free sweetened condensed milk
Lychee instead of longan (a little sweeter, but a little harder to work with)
Cream cheese instead of yogurt
Raspberries instead of blueberries
Step 2: Strain the Yogurt Overnight
This is to give it a thicker, more cream cheese-like consistency.
Put the yogurt into a strainer. Break it up as you remove it from the container. This helps the liquid to drain easier than leaving it in one big block.
Cover it with plastic wrap and leave it overnight in the refrigerator. Be careful of having any unsealed onions or other aromatic item as the yogurt will absorb those odors.
Step 3: The Next Day, Remove the Yogurt.
Dump the whey that has drained out into the bowl, and put the yogurt back in the original container. (I haven't found a good use for the whey as I'm sure there's some nutrition being wasted, so if anyone knows, please let me know!)
The yogurt should have a soft cheesy-like consistency. It will have reduced by about half its volume. The leftovers can be used as a healthful and non-fat alternative to sour cream or cream cheese in many cases.
Step 4: Prepare the Longan.
Strain and drain. The bowl shapes tend to hold on to a lot of liquid so be sure to shake it up well to get most of it out.
Step 5: Prepare the Piping Bag.
Dump the yogurt into the zip-top bag. If you want a sweeter taste, this is the time to add the fat-free sweetened condensed milk. Be aware that this will thin the consistency quite a bit. I found with this last batch the contrast of tart and sweet is better without it, and it's easier to make a better looking presentation.
Squeeze out as much air as possible, then seal it.
Move as much of the yogurt to one corner as you can.
Scrunch up the "empty" part, and while holding firmly, but not pressing hard, cut a small corner off the tip of the bag where the yogurt is.
Step 6: Pipe the Yogurt Into the Longan.
Do not overfill! You still need room for the blueberry. A few that are overfilled can produce a nice "gooshy" effect, but the overall appearance is neater if you fill them just shy of the top.
Step 7: Place a Blueberry in Each Piece.
Careful not to press too hard, or you get an avalanche!
Step 8: Now for the Really Icky Part!
Thaw the fruit juice but do not add any water to it. Just before serving, spoon it over each longan piece, trying to dribble some over the sides. If you do it right it runs into the valleys on the fruit and looks really gross.
You could also reduce the fruit juice beforehand to make it thicker by boiling it slow and low to remove some of the water.
Step 9: Mmmmmm! Fresh Eyeballs!!!
This is a non-fat, low sugar, and fruit-filled concoction that's good for you!
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