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Monday, October 22, 2007

Ambrosia Parfaits ~ Homestyle Dessert


With the temperatures still around 70's in the North east, I felt there is still time for Homestyle desserts. Though I love to eat this cool treats any time of the year this easy to make dessert can be handy and fancy to treat our unexpected guests in a whip.

Layers of sliced oranges, grated coconut and confectioners sugar are combined to make this dessert that Southerners call "ambrosia". One might see this recipe as gliding the lily, but layering oranges, pineapple, grapes and coconut with frozen yogurt does create a truly irresistible treat.

Source : adapted from Healthy Home Cooking
Cuisine: American, International
Prep time: 7 mins
Serves: 4-5 people
Ingredients:
2 T sweetened shredded coconut
2 medium navel oranges
1/2 C halved seedless red grapes
1/2 C drained crushed juice-pack pineapple and 1 T juice reserved
1 pint non fat vanilla frozen yogurt, slightly softened
I used ginger infused 1 C home-made yogurt with 1/2 C granulated sugar
Mint sprigs for garnish (optional)
Method:

  1. Toast the coconut flakes/shreds over medium heat, tossing frequently, for 2 to 3 mins or until lightly browned. Transfer the coconut to a small plate to cool.
  2. Using a sharp paring knife, remove the peel and white pith from the oranges. Cut the oranges crosswise into 1/2 inch thick slices, then chop coarsely. Transfer the chopped oranges to a bowl, add the grapes and the pineapple with its reserved juice and mix.
  3. You can use the store bought vanilla flavored yogurt or you can make one of your own by adding 1/2 C of sugar to 1 C of home made yogurt. Here I used 1 tsp ginger powder to infuse the flavor and leave in the freezer for 3 hrs. Just before serving thaw for 5-7 mins before you serve the dessert to soften the yogurt.
  4. Divide one-third of the fruit mixture among 4 parfait glasses or dessert dishes. Using half of the yogurt, spoon a layer of yogurt over the fruit. Alternate layers of the remaining fruit mixture and yogurt in the glasses. Sprinkle the parfaits with the toasted coconut and garnish with mint sprigs if desired.
  5. Serve immediately and Enjoy!

40 comments:

Laavanya said...

Mmm... delicious! I had a big bunch of grapes a few weeks ago.. Wish I had your recipe then :)

Asha said...

You could throw in some Peaches and Saffron too. Looks delicious Padma. I need it now. I am hungry!:))

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Ooo! I love this dessert! Now I'll have to try the ginger-infused yogurt in my yogurt maker! :)

Apple said...

Wow..this looks so Vibrant and colorful Padma..lovely dessert

Prema Sundar said...

I have all the ing except the vanilla yogurt.. have plenty of fruits and Iam going to try this tonight. thanks.

Mansi Desai said...

delicious and so so inviting! And as Asha said, if you had thrown in some peaches, you could have sent it to me for AFAM-Peach event girl!!!:) get the hint??!:D

Padmaja said...

hey love that dessert!!! it looks absolutely inviting to just to grab it!!!

meeso said...

DELICIOUS! Your pictures are beautiful :)

DEEPA said...

mouth watering one day ....awesome ....i wish i could have some ....

Richa said...

u r right, a quick dessert it is, as long as u hv the frozen yogurt!
lovely no-guilt dessert ;)

Rajitha said...

mmmm...yummy! it just looks delicious...

remya said...

wow!!! a homestyle dessert...sounds delicous....my hubby will love this

TBC said...

Oh, how beautiful, Padma!

Tee said...

Looks so pretty! Your homemade dessert looks perfect!

Lakshmi said...

ummm..delicious and pretty!

Red Chillies said...

What a beautiful combination of grapes and oranges! Loved the picture as well

Rina said...

This is a cool treat Padma. Loved the recipe.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks like a perfect dessert with grapes...!
PIcture is great ...:)

Sreelu said...

Padma, too much undi,looks great too.Meeru kuda Vizag nuncha ?

Latha Narasimhan said...

Delicious dessert padma!:)) Those grapes are looking lovely! Nice pictures too!:))

Cinnamon said...

Padma... wow.... cool undi kada... I just loved the look of it!!!

sra said...

Luscious!

bee said...

where are the chocolate shavings?
**bee ducks for cover**

SHANTI BHANU said...

wow padma chala bagundhi ..naku decoration chala nachindhi....baga pettav colorfulga....

Sia said...

beautiful.... but i will skip it for the time being as the temp has dropped to single digit already :(

Shivapriya said...

Delicious Padma, I'm craving for one now:).

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow.....lovely Padma...Liked ur dessert dear.......Thanks for the same...It wud be a nice treat for the guests :-)

bindiya said...

Lovely Padma, what a treat!

Happy cook said...

Delicious dessert.

Arun Shanbhag said...

This is simply delightful! Reminded me of the "GadBad" i used to devour in Udupi during my college days! (But gad-bad used a soaked dry fruits).
And thank you for your comment and that got me to visit and enjoy your site.
Thanks
:-)

Sandeepa said...

Looks so very pretty Padma. You sure are taking good advantage of the weather :)

Susan said...

Padma, I haven't thought of ambrosia in ages and ages. The gingery yoghurt is a nice touch. What IS with this weather we are having, anyway? It's 75 F out at 10:00 PM!

Lissie said...

beautiful pictures! delicious dessert!!

Kribha said...

My My... what a gorgeous presentation. No words to say. Bookmarked.

Laavanya said...

Hi Padma... I've tagged you for a meme.

Mishmash ! said...

Looks beautiful and refreshing and great pics too :)

I have been missing ur posts somehow...anyway subscribed to RSS feeds now..hope it works..

Sharmi said...

wonder how I missed this post!! very vibrant and colorful. lot of ingredients too!

ramya said...

I have grapes in my fridge everytime.My daughter loves them. And this is very intresting.thanks for sharing.

Rachel said...

Can you please send that dessert across. ..I so want to have that now!!! ;)

Pravs said...

picture perfect snap..yummy looking dessert. Must try this !

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