Kanten, also called agar-agar, is a vegetable gelatin. This is a great palate refresher for a warm summer evening.

Body+Soul, September 2006

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John Kernick

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Scoop out cantaloupe and watermelon with a melon baller (yields about 8 cups total) and put in a 9-by-5-inch (8 cup) loaf pan; set aside.

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  • In a medium saucepan, bring cider, water, and kanten to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the kanten is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in honey until dissolved; cool to room temperature. Pour cooled liquid over the melon and set aside at room temperature until set, about 3 hours.

  • Invert the kanten onto a platter. Slice into individual portions and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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