Measure out the water in a cup and rehydrate the gelatin powder. Stir to mix and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
In the meantime, heat a pot of milk and add the sugar. The appropriate temperature to dissolve the gelatin is about 50~60°C (122~140°F).
When the sugar is dissolved, remove the pot from the burner. And add the rehydrated gelatin. Stir to mix and dissolve the gelatin completely.
Pour the mixture into a bowl with the black sesame paste. Make sure to add it a little at a time while mixing vigorously. You should also mix the sesame paste before use since it often separates.
When evenly combined, float the bowl on ice water and continue to mix.
When cooled, add the heavy cream. Keep chilling it while mixing. Now, the mixture should thicken and the sesame paste will remain suspended in the pudding.
Clean the bottom of the bowl with a towel and pour the mixture into small cups. Let the pudding sit in the fridge for over 1 hour until firmed up.
Now, the pudding is chilled and firmed up. Garnish with the whipped cream. And top with the black sesame seeds.
Instead of the whipped cream, you can also top with black sesame paste, kinako, roasted soybean flour and kuromitsu, Japanese black sugar syrup.
If the sesame paste isn’t available, you can toast sesame seeds and then thoroughly grind them to use in this recipe. It will not be as smooth as the sesame paste but you can still enjoy this delicious dessert.
The sesame paste goes great with the milk and heavy cream.