A friend was hosting a cookout for the 4th of July and I was asked to bring a dish to pass. Yes, I could have brought one of the staples like potato salad or baked beans, but I wanted something new and yet easy and kid-friendly. In going through recipes in my cookbooks and recipe cards, I found a winner: African Fruit Fool from Boma in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
|Just missing a garnish to make it look as great as it tastes!|
Anyway, I tried the salad and ended up licking the mixing spoon before putting it in the sink to wash. Plus, I not only had some with dinner, it's so sweet that I also had it for dessert. My friends at the cookout also all enjoyed it and it gave me a little "Disney" in between trips to the parks so I definitely give it two thumbs up.
Ready to try it? Here's the recipe!
1 pineapple, peeled and diced
2 green apples, peeled and diced (I substitute red because I prefer sweeter apples)
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 papaya, small, peeled and diced
1 pound red seedless grapes
5 bananas, peeled and sliced
1/2 c. shredded coconut (the original recipe calls for bottled coconut)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pound sweetened condensed milk (I used a 14 oz can and it still worked well)
1 cup heavy cream
Combine all diced fruits. Mix in vanilla and sweetened condensed milk. Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form, then blend into above ingredients. Refrigerate and serve cold.
I think it looked too plain for serving so some pineapple rings and grapes would be a great decoration for the top.