I have another easy salad for the last day of this week’s blogging marathon. This is a sweet salad with fruits and custard dressing. I was going to take the easy way and make instant 2 minute custard pudding for this salad. I changed my mind in the last minute and made a mock custard with corn starch. I ran out of custard powder and had to make this mock custard instead.
Though cornstarch is a good substitute for custard powder, I prefer custard prepared with custard powder. For the salad I used fruits of my choice and skipped banana altogether, though it is a must in Indian fruit salads.
- 2 cups Milk
- 2 tbsp. Corn Starch
- 4 tbsp. Sugar
- ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 2 scoops, approximately ½ cup Mango Icecream
- 1 small Red Apple, sliced or chopped
- ¼ cup Blueberries
- 1 (8 oz.) can Pineapple Chunks
- ½ can (11 oz. can) Mandarin Orange Segments
- Bring 1 ¾ cups of milk to a boil in a saucepan, stirring it in between.
- While the milk comes to a boil, mix cornstarch with remaining ¼ cup of milk to a smooth paste. Make sure there aren’t any lumps.
- Once milk comes to a boil, reduce the flame or turn off the heat. Add cornstarch paste to boiling milk and stir constantly.
- Turn on the heat, stirring constantly bring milk to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium and let the milk mixture boil for 2-3 minutes or until it thickens to desired consistency. Keep stirring constantly while the milk / custard is boiling.
- Add vanilla extract and mix.
- Turn off the heat, sprinkle sugar over the custard and let it cool. Do not stir the sugar. Sugar will melt over hot custard.
- Once the custard cools, mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To serve, cut apples into thin wedges, and mix rest of the fruits in a bowl. I usually add a few drops of lime juice to prevent apple discoloration.
- Mix ice-cream with prepared custard. Addition of ice-cream enhances the flavor of the custard depending on the ice-cream flavor.
- Add fruits to custard, mix and serve.
- Banana is a must in Indian fruit salad and did not use as I do not like bananas.
- This salad is flexible and add fruits of one’s choice.
- Jello instant vanilla pudding mix can be used instead of mock custard.
- If using custard powder that is available in Indian stores, follow the instructions on the back of the box for custard preparation.