When it comes to dessert we normally like to make some kind of cake or some homemade ice cream. However, when we want to make something special we make a fruit salad with all kinds of different fruit, the more the better. This recipe for a simple fruit salad with vanilla cream and chocolate pieces is one of our all-time favorites. It is easy to make and super delicious! We have never met anybody who does not like it. Because it is possible to clean and cut out some of the fruit, and store it in the fridge for some time, it is very convenient when you are having guests – in this case we are always busy with all kinds of different work, then it is nice to be able to prepare the dessert in due time.
The vanilla cream is made out of 4 simple ingredients, egg yolks, sugar, heavy cream and a vanilla bean, and it gets really light and fluffy, exactly as an vanilla cream should be. The vanilla cream goes perfectly together with the fruit salad with chocolate pieces, but it can also be used for many other desserts. We can highly recommend serving this vanilla cream with our super delicious homemade strawberry pie or just any kinds of berry-pies.
Fruit Salad with Vanilla Cream and Chocolate
Preparation time: 1.5 hours
500 g (1 lb) grapes (both green and blue)
150 g (5 oz) dark chocolate
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp sugar
2.5 dl (1 cup) heavy cream
1 vanilla bean
Step 1: Break out all the seeds from the pomegranate and rinse and clean the grapes. Peal the oranges and cut them into small pieces. Peal the bananas, split them and cut them into half slices. Wash the apples, remove the core and dice them – do the same with the pears.
Step 2: Mix all the prepared fruits in a large bowl.
Step 3: Chop the chocolate into small pieces and mix it with the fruits. Store all of it in the fridge until serving. It is always nice to serve the fruit salad with some extra chocolate, so prepare a small bowl with chocolate.
Step 4: Whip the egg yolks, sugar and the seeds from the vanilla bean unto a light cream.
Step 5: In a different bowl whip the heavy cream into a whipped cream.
Step 6: Gently mix the egg yolk mixture with the whipped cream. Now you a have delicious vanilla cream.
Tip: Serve the fruit salad with the vanilla cream. If you are having guests and want to cut out the fruit in advance then wait with the apples and bananas, they tend to get slightly discolored. The rest can be prepared in due time.
By Kim Nielsen