When I was a teenager, this was one of my favourite desserts but my mother being a busy doctor rarely got time to make it. Then one time when both my parents had to be away from home for a few days, to assuage her guilt, my mother made bowls of Pineapple Snow and I didn’t miss them one bit! For the Delmonte Food contest I thought I’d resurrect the recipe.
Pineapple snow pudding (for 6 servings)
Apart from the taste, what I like most is the texture of this dessert. It holds together like a jelly but is airy and pillowy light (thanks to the egg whites) with a bit of pineapple crunch in every mouthful.
1.5 tbps x powdered gelatine
3/4th cup x cold water
1 cup x Delmonte tinned pineapple slices or Pineapple tidbits
1.5 cups x Delmonte pineapple juice (or the juice from the tin)
6 tbsps x sugar
1 tbsp x Lime juice
3 x egg whites
0.5 cups x full cream.
Pour the cold water in to a large bowl and sprinkle over the gelatine.
Cut pineapple into very small pieces, even if using the tidbits.
In a saucepan, add the pineapple, the pineapple juice and sugar. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. When dissolved, take off the heat and add the limejuice.
Pour over the gelatine and whisk madly until the gelatine has dissolved.
Place in fridge (in the same bowl) till half set – about 1.5 to 2 hrs
Whisk the whites of the eggs till soft peaks, then add the cream. I’d recommend using a food processor or electric whisk for the egg whites but seeing this is India, the electricity went out just at this stage. So I had to resort to hand whisking with a balloon whisk. If choosing this form of self-torture, place a towel or pot holder under your bowl to stop it from sliding around.
Fold in to the half set pineapple mixture. Then pour into a mould and return to fridge to set fully (around 6 hr).
You can serve this in the mould and see why this dessert is called snow…it’s as light as a cloud
Or you can up turn it on to a plate, warm the mould gently to loosen the pudding. You can serve it decorated with pomegranates, caramel sauce or a walnut praline. With or without fruits and sauces, this dessert is almost foamy, disappearing in your mouth, melting away like snow, leaving the sweet taste of pineapple; a pillowy cloud studded with yellow jewels of sunshine.