One night I needed to use the strawberries I had and thought why not strawberry pudding. I first made this using cornstarch but the cornstarch took away from the pudding. It turned out well but just was lacking. Then after talking through it with my mother I decided to try Tapioca flour/Starch. I know this is not a common household ingredient but it is worth trying. It's used in gluten free baking and it a great thickener.
The pudding must be chilled completely. The strawberry flavour will come out more when cold.
Strawberry Lemon Pudding
2cups strawberry purée
¾ cup milk
4 tablespoons tapioca flour/starch
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons butter
In a medium saucepan mix the tapioca flour, sugar and salt. While mixing, slowly add the milk. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add the strawberry purée. Turn on the stove to medium low heat and stir the mixture constantly. When the mixtures thickens to coat the back of the spoon or boils cook for two minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
Stir a small amount of hot filling into the egg; return all to the pan, stir until well combined. Add back to the heat and cook for two minutes more stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add, lemon juice, lemon zest and butter. Mix thoroughly. Pour into individual cups and refrigerate until completely cooled. This will take 3 to 4 hours or overnight.