My family’s favorite Christmas recipe is our Pineapple Almond Fruit Salad. It’s nearly identical to the fruit salad we serve at Thanksgiving. The major difference is the salad we serve in November is the Thanksgiving Pineapple Almond Fruit Salad.
We don’t make Christmas PAFS at Easter. Nor do we authorize the preparation of Thanksgiving PAFS on The 4th of July or Columbus Day. It’s considered bad taste.
PAFS has graced the family table on Christmas since World War…well, I can’t tell you. It’s a secret, like the recipe. Pineapple Almond Fruit Salad is so popular, it creates a tremendous strain on me, I mean the cook, because everyone expects it to be perfect. The lemon custard sauce is quite tricky. It’s best to prepare the secret PAFS sauce (2 beaten eggs, juice of 1 lemon, ¼ cup water, ½ cup pineapple juice: more below) a day ahead in case the cook screws it up.
The advent of the microwave gave family cooks a PAFS sauce option. Prior to microwaves, the cooks were tethered to the stove, stirring and fretting as they waited for the sauce to thicken. Most cooks were so fearful the sauce would scald, they didn’t dare leave the stove to pour a...nother glass of wine. (A few cooks took their chances.) Arguments over cooked verses micro-waved sauce boil over to this day.
Preparing the secret sauce in a microwave bowl (clues above plus ½ cup sugar, 3 T. flour; stir and turn occasionally until thick. Store overnight in fridge) is much easier than the old fashioned, stovetop way. It allows ample time to drink wine and contemplate the remainder of the secret recipe (1 can tidbit pineapple-drained: juice is for cooked sauce; 2-3 cups marshmallows; 1/3 lb. blanched slivered almonds; 5-6 sliced bananas added close to serving time.)
The mysterious thing about Pineapple Almond Fruit Salad is not one family member can recall how the recipe ended up in the family. We give thanks for this amazing recipe and miraculously, PAFS is always perfect. (But yours won’t be if you don’t whip ½ cup unsweetened whipping cream and blend it into the cooked lemon sauce. Mix lemon cream sauce into fruit prior to serving.)
If you’re confused, my mission is accomplished. The secret recipe is safe.
(There is one condition that allows the recipe to be leaked to the public in a more user friendly form—the cook wins a contest.)
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