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A Dessert Fit For The Gods (And 2007): Ambrosia

In Greek mythology, ambrosia is considered the food of the gods. In modern society, ambrosia is a fruity dessert that I vaguely remember from my childhood Christmases. For some reason I've been thinking about ambrosia lately and wondered why, like the fruitcake, did it get exiled as a dessert? Like fashion, there are trends in food, and I say it's time to bring back the fruit salad-like ambrosia. The 1980s version was full of marshmallows, pineapple, whipping cream, and coconut and I say we make it a little more 2007 (translation: healthier) by letting the flavor of the fresh fruit dominate the dessert. Take a peak at the recipe and


Ambrosia
From Cooking Light magazine

3 oranges
2 ruby red or pink grapefruit
2 cups strawberry halves
2 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into wedges
1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1/4 cup dark rum
3 tablespoons brown sugar

  1. Peel and section oranges and grapefruit over a bowl; squeeze membranes to extract juice. Add sections to bowl; discard membranes.
  2. Stir in strawberries and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill.
  3. Serves 18 (serving size: 1/4 cup).

    NUTRITION PER SERVING: CALORIES 50(11% from fat); FAT 0.6g (sat 0.4g,mono 0.1g,poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 0.6g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 18mg; SODIUM 4mg; FIBER 1.9g; IRON 0.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 8.9g

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laPetiteJuJu laPetiteJuJu 9 years
This recipe looks good but I'd still add a few mini marshmallows :) I don't think it's ambrosia without 'em!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
right on fit, me too!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
This sounds great!!!!! I love, LOVE a dessert the features fruit.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
A friend of mine makes the marshmellow version every year for Thanksgiving and she's the only person who eats it. It just doesn't look good.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Love it!
MysteriousCats MysteriousCats 10 years
That is so interesting! In Brazil, Ambrosia, is something totally different! It's also a dessert but made with eggs, sugar, milk...
lorioz lorioz 10 years
This sounds much better than the marshmellow version! Thanks for the healthier recipe.
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
Ambrosia always reminds me of that scene in Edward Scissorhands when everyone in the neighborhood meets him at the BBQ. Thanks for the recipe as it's always good to have nice fruit salad recipes round.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
My friend is a caterer and she has a customer who orders this every christmas, but the 80s version with the marshmallow and all that. I had no idea what it was until she told me about it. It always sounded so gross to me ,she didnt even like making it. This version actually sounds good though , im going to give this recipe to my friend as well. Maybe she can talk the lady into trying to healthier version :)
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