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May 19, 2010 10:09 PM

coconut custard? what to top it with?

Heya, I am making a coconut custard pie and I want to top it with a fresh fruit.. What do you think goes well with coconut? any suggestions? anina

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  1. Pineapple compote, the slight sour tang would contrast the richness.
    Or just diced pineapple for that matter.

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    1. re: AndrewK512

      andrew, you are brilliant... My pie is sitting here for guests tomorrow night and wait till I get the pineapple on there.. I was thinking strawberry but that seemed far too mundane.. I think the Thai might do this combo.. Anyway thanks so much! anina

      1. re: AndrewK512

        By the way Andrew, how do you make your rhubarb soda????? anina

        1. re: readytoslurp

          The post below by bushwickgirl contains the recipe I used and the topic where I got the idea from. I would start with a little less sugar. The leftover pulp after straining can be pureed with a spoon or two of mustard to make a rather interesting savory condiment.

          1. re: AndrewK512

            Nice idea for using the leftover pulp, and nice to hear from a poster that tried it.

            I meant to mention that using seltzer, or even a flavored seltzer, as the sparkling water base in the soda would be just fine, in lieu of Pellegrino.

      2. In case you don't go with pineapple, I think mango or raspberry sauce would be equally good!

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        1. re: ChristinaMason

          My thoughts as well.

          Readytoslurp, you should consider posting a separate query for rhubarb soda making ideas, although I bet there's some suggestions on the numerous rhubarb threads for concocting that beverage. Sounds refreshing.

          I decided to do a search, and here's an idea for the soda, from wonderful poster kattyeyes:

          And a recipe for rhubarb simple syrup:


        2. mango! i like pineapple, too, but the mango is more unexpected. what is the rest of your menu? on the other hand, i don't know of any ripe mangoes now, but those deliciously sweet gold pineapples are always available.

          1. I know you said fruit, but I just saw a recipe on

            about a coconut custard tart with a creme brulee type topping. It looked amazing!

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            1. re: roxlet

              oh yeah, baby! did you see the "luscious coconut desserts" book featured as an ad on that page? check out that link to amazon to read the book's recipe table of contents --- and swoon!

              1. re: alkapal

                No I didn't, and it might have been a better thing since she's playing my song! Did you see the recipe for the tunnel of love cake from King Arthur Flour that I linked to a while back. I'm a complete slave to coconut!

                1. re: roxlet

                  tunnel of love with coconut?

                  mmm, i'd love some almond extract, rather than so much lemon.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    That's the one! I have limited kitchen equipment where I am now, so I have all of these recipes bookmarked for when I get home!