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coconut custard? what to top it with?

readytoslurp May 19, 2010 10:09 PM

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

  1. AndrewK512 May 19, 2010 10:16 PM

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

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    1. re: AndrewK512
      readytoslurp May 19, 2010 10:34 PM

      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
        readytoslurp May 19, 2010 10:38 PM

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

        1. re: readytoslurp
          AndrewK512 May 20, 2010 07:02 PM

          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
            bushwickgirl May 21, 2010 06:15 AM

            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. ChristinaMason May 20, 2010 02:31 AM

        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
          bushwickgirl May 20, 2010 03:36 AM

          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. alkapal May 20, 2010 05:18 AM

          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. roxlet May 20, 2010 11:13 PM

            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
              alkapal May 21, 2010 05:05 AM

              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
                roxlet May 21, 2010 05:55 AM

                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
                  alkapal May 21, 2010 06:18 AM

                  tunnel of love with coconut?

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

                  1. re: alkapal
                    roxlet May 21, 2010 07:26 AM

                    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!

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