Friday, December 16, 2011
Apple Loaded Fruit Salad
Featuring this simple and easy version of the well loved Filipino dessert is just in time for the holiday season ……… in particular the “Paskong Pilipino”. This salad is among the top favorites Filipino table fares during such special family occasions where only the grandest foods are served.
Different regions have different preparations of fruit salads. The variation is dictated by the use on the types of fruit as well the kinds of sauce. Generally though, fruit salad is a dish consisting of numerous kinds of fruit, served in a liquid, either in syrup or simply in their own juices. While fruit salad or “buko salad” in the Philippines is typically made with condensed milk, cream, canned fruit cocktail or fresh fruit specially young or tender coconut and relatively sweet the other countries’ fruit salads can be savory with the use of sour cream or yogurt or mustard and spicy with the inclusion of peanut and shrimp paste.
As explained, the most popular version called “buko salad” has strips of young coconut as the predominant fruit ingredient. But since the usually available young “king coconut” or “thambili” as called here in Sri Lanka, are often harvested too young that it barely contains a kernel, I substituted apple in this preparation. This may be very easy and simple but you’ll be surprised with the taste. Instead of wondering with those last words I said, go and try doing it.
This is important: For those who prefer it really sweet you can use the whole condensed milk or if you are like us who want it not overly sweet, reduce the milk quantity by about ¼ cup approximately. Feel free to adjust it according to your or your love ones preference. :-)
Commence the wonderful experience …… a journey to richness, wonderful flavors and comforting sweetness. For a moment you will forget your problems. :-)