Old Fashioned Fruit Salad

Old fashioned Fruit Salad

One of my favorite summer dessert is this delicious yet so simple Fruit Salad. Especially for the weekends when you have had a heavy meal like biryani, this chilled fruit Salad is all that you want. Childhood memories were that of weekends where the fruit salad wouldn't be spared - Mama's way of getting some fruits into our tummies. Yes! You read that right we were a bunch of kids who hated fruits. Lol. Thinking back I know we should have eaten them fruits. So weekends were incomplete without finding a bowl of fruit salad in the fridge, and that made us so happy after all the play time with friends. Recently I happened to eat this at my bhabhi's place which brought back all the memories. Sometimes the easiest recipes are the best! 

My mom basically used to use the custard powder that came in a tin to make these oh-so-sophisticated dessert, pun intended! I promise you it's super easy! So while this scorching heat made me crave this dessert, to my horror, the custard powder was over. I was so desperate and depressed that I remembered I had stacks of the vanilla dessert mix that I had bought on offer and was waiting to be used. So I immediately thought of using the dessert mix for the custard.

The dessert mix is more Jelly like and may not come to the desired consisI thought to myself. So I decided to add my magic to it. Lol, just kidding! The magic is done by corn flour. I added corn flour slurry mixed in milk to the vanilla dessert milk that was coming to a boil (done as per package instructions), some extra sweetened Condensed milk and a dash of vanilla Essence! Transfered to a bowl, waited to cool and placed a cling film so that the pudding mix does not create a thin layer when it sets. Voila! To my surprise it came out the exact way I wanted. I hand whisked it and added in my chopped fruits, dry fruits, and nuts. (be careful not to add citric and acidic fruits like orange, pineapple). You may instead use canned fruits too, which may include pineapple.

Ingredients :

  • 575 ml full fat fresh milk
  • 1 pack vanilla dessert mix (pic inserted) 
  • 4 tbsp Corn Flour + 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup Condensed milk
  • 1 cup cut fresh fruits **
  • 1/2 cup dry fruits, chopped (dry Fig, dates etc)
  • 1/4 cup nuts, chopped

Instructions :

  1. In a saucepan (not steel, heavy bottom) , pour milk and the contents of the sachet and mix well.
  2. Before the mix comes to a boil add in your corn flour slurry (corn flour mixed in milk) while stirring constantly.
  3. Now once the mix comes to a boil, switch off the flame and add in your Condensed milk. Stir well.
  4. Now transfer to a bowl and allow to cool.
  5. Once almost cool, place a cling wrap touching the upper layer of the custard, so that a thin layer doesn't form in the top. 
  6. Allow to refrigerate at least for 3 hours or more depending on the consistency of the custard after 3 hrs. *
  7. Once the custard is set, hand whisk the custard well until you see no more lumps and then add in your fruits, dry fruits and nuts. 
  8. Mix well. 
  9. To decorate your serving bowl/glass, pour some hersheys strawberry syrup in your serving bowl/glass and add your prepared fruit salad to your decorated bowl.

*To fasten the process of setting, I placed the custard in the freezer for 1/2 an hour and then left in the fridge for around 2 hrs.
** Do jot add in citrus and acidic in nature fruits like fresh orange, pineapple etc. 

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