Alain Senderen's Salade De Fruit Exotique

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Title: Alain Senderen's Salade De Fruit Exotique
Yield: 4 Servings
Categories: Desserts


2 tb Plus 2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 Vanilla bean, split
3 Coriander seeds
1 Whole clove
1/4 ts Five-spice powder
Zest of 1 lime
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 ts Chopped fresh ginger
1 Sprig of fresh mint (OPT)
1 tb Fresh lime juice
1 Pineapple
1 Mango
2 Large kiwis
2 Passion fruits

And ideal fruit salad or dessert for Winter, because the tropical fruits
are available year-round and ripen naturally. The riper and more fragrant
the fruit, the better the salad. 
In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water with the sugar, vanilla bean,
coriander seeds, clove, five-spice powder, lime and lemon zests, ginger,
and mint, if using. Simmer over moderate heat for 10 minutes. Set aside to
cook. Then stir in the lime juice. (The syrup can be made up and
refrigerated for up to a week before serving the salad.) 
Slice off the top and the rind from the pineapple; quarter it lengthwise.
Reserve 3 of the quarters for another use. Slice 1 of the quarters
crosswise 1/8-inch thick. Using a sharp paring knife, peel the mango and
slice lengthwise, parallel to the pit on both sides, into disks 1/8-inch
thick. Slice each mango disk in half lengthwise. Peel the kiwis and halve
lengthwise. Cut each half lengthwise into thin wedges. 
Divide the fruit evenly and arrange in each of 4 shallow soup bowls,
overlapping the slices to form a decorative pattern. Strain the reserved
syrup and divide equally among the 4 servings. Cover with plastic wrap and
refirgerate for at least 1 or up to 4 hours. Just before serving, halve the
passion fruits crosswise. Using a teaspoon, scoop the pulk out of each half
onto the fruit in each bowl. 
Nutritional information per serving: 147 calories; 1.2 G Protein; .7 G fat;
37.0 G Carbohydrate.

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