Friday, August 19, 2011

Creamy Summer Fruit Salad

I love making this deliciously creamy fruit salad when I have leftover fresh or canned fruit in the fridge that you don't know what to do with. A sinful delight on a hot summer night. Oh hey. I 'm a poet and didn't knowit. (lame, I know.)
But can it really be THAAAT bad with wonderful fruit in it? ;)

I used fresh blueberries, fresh chopped leftover  plums, and some leftover canned peaches (drained), but you can use any combo of fruit you like.

Just make sure all fruit is drained (juice reserved) and frozen is thawed and drained, or you will have a runny dessert. Also, the marshmallows are optional. I like to add them for a little fun color for the kids.
On to the recipe!

  • 1 cup acini di pepe pasta
  • 1 cup chopped canned peaches, drained, reserving liquid
  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped tart plums, drained if they have been sitting chopped in the fridge, and juice reserved
  • 1 1/2 cups of fruit juice from the fruit. Use water or another light colored fruit juice to equal 1 1/2 cups if you don't have enough juice.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • one recipe of Homemade Whipped Cream (recipe below)
  • 2 handfuls mini multi-colored marshmallows
  • optional: walnuts for a little added crunch
Fill a medium saucepan 3/4 the way with water, add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. 
Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally until almost done; al dente. About 7-10 minutes.
Drain and set aside. Do not rinse.

In a separate medium saucepan, whisk reserved liquids from the fruit, or another juice or water to equal 1 1/2 cups of liquid, sugar, vanilla, beaten eggs, salt and flour. Whisk briskly  and cook until mixture becomes very thick. Remove from heat.
Combine with pasta, cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Add in fruit and marshmallows; Fold in whipped cream, Chill! Garnish with walnuts, if desired, and enjoy..!

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
In a deep, chilled glass bowl (chill metal mixer beaters too, if possible), on medium-high speed, beat cream with vanilla.  When cream starts to thicken, slowly add the powdered sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form in cream.  Fold into acini and fruit! :)

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