Jan 7, 2009

Grandma Harmon's Frozen Fruit Salad

I had every intention of posting this before the new year, but then it came and went. I wanted to tell the story about this frozen fruit salad. It was something my Grandmother Harmon made and something I remember my Aunt Sheila making growing up. When I got the recipe for my mom this holiday season, it may as well have been encrypted. In case you are wondering, terminology for recipes has changed in the last 70 years. For example, how many of you know what a #2 can is? Nothing is standardized like that any more. And instead of "grab the cool whip" it is 1 pint whipped cream... You know because there WASN'T any cool whip or redi-whip or any of that stuff. But do you just whip the cream or actually make whipped cream? ah! And what is the world is Oleo (that is actually from my husband's grandma's cookbook)? It is butter or shortening for all of you who didn't know either. And a #2 can is 20 oz or about 2 1/2 cups. And yes you do actually make whipped cream (with sugar and vanilla) not just whip the cream. After all that, I have made this recipe a little easier to understand. I really enjoy this tasty treat - even more than ice cream :^) Noel (my daughter) loves it too. What is best is that because it has fruit in it, you can justify eating it any time of day!  And I think it is perfect for Christmas brunch.  Or Easter.  Or your birthday.  Whenever!

Grandma Harmon's Frozen Fruit Salad
makes 2 8x8 pans

about 20 oz canned peaches, drained and cut up (2 1/2 cups un-diced)
20 oz crushed pineapple
1 large banana, cut up
1 cup mini-mallows
1 small jar of maraschino cherries, drained
1 cup pineapple juice (crushed pineapple still comes in 20 oz cans - thank goodness - and it happens that the liquid you drain from it should give you 1 cup)
2 TBS flour
1/4 cup butter
2 TBS sugar
1 beaten egg (a room temp egg is optimal)
2 TBS lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)
pinch of salt
1 pint whipping cream (for how to make whipped cream, see below the recipe)

On the stove top in a sauce pan, cook on medium heat pineapple juice, flour, butter, sugar, and salt for 10 minutes until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Then take a small spoonful of the mixture and add it to the beaten egg. This is called tempering and it brings the temp of the egg up to the temp of the liquid so you don't get scrambled egg. Yuck. If you do notice that you got scrambled egg, throw it out and beat another egg. Repeat. Once your egg is tempered, pour it into the mixture and stir it in. Add lemon juice. Add fruit, marshmallows, and coconut (if using). Stir until well combined. Fold in whipped cream. This just means you make motions that are up and down (think of a Ferris Wheel), getting ingredients from the bottom of the bowl and bringing them to incorporate with the whipped cream on top - NOT left and right motions like regular stirring. Place in two 8x8 pans and freeze. Thaw for a few minutes before cutting to eat.

Whipped Cream

1 pint whipping cream
2-4 TBS sugar (I use 2 because it doesn't over power this recipe with sweetness)
1 tsp vanilla

Beat with an electric mixer until peaks form - quite a few minutes. This is a good tricep workout ;^) You will notice when the consistency starts to change - all of a sudden and you are pretty much done.

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