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Fruit Salad is one of the favorite desserts of Filipinos. This is always served on every special occasion and holidays such as Fiesta, Birthday, Christmas, and New Year.
Commonly, what you’d expect from a true Pinoy fruit salad are canned fruits mixed with diced fresh varieties mixed together with condense milk and all-purpose cream. Below is a simple base recipe you can try.
2 large cans of fruit cocktail
1 jar of nata de coco
Seasonal fleshy fruits (apples, peaches, papaya)
Cheese, grated (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
1 can condense milk
Once you have all of the ingredients, the first step in putting together your fruit salad is by straining the contents of your fruit cocktail. Strain the cocktail well or put the fruits on top of dry towel to drain all the syrup. This is to ensure that you fruit salad will not be too wet and watery—the less water in the cocktail, the more creamier it gets.
Transfer all the fruits in a big bowl together with nata de coco. You can add kaong to your cocktail for a bigger range of color and texture. Add the condense milk, cheese, and cream and toss them all together until all the ingredients are mixed evenly. Store it all in a fridge until it becomes as cool as ice cream.
You can make fruit salads in advance so that you can have one less dish to think about on the day of special occasions. Just make sure that the container that you will store your fruit salad in is sealed tight (to avoid the seeping in of the smell and taste of other things in your fridge). The more water excess water you take away from the fruits, the better the texture of the cream. You can also use frozen fruit if you want a fresh fruit salad, just store all the ingredients in the fridge so you can serve it right after stirring everything.