I first had this on vacation when I was a kid. We had brunch at the hotel we were staying at and were served this at the end. It was so simple, yet pretty and delicious, that it really stuck with me. It has since turned into my Oh crap, I ...
- Forgot I need to bring a dessert
- Burned dessert and don't have time to re-do it
- Need something last-minute
... stand-by dessert. Actually, today it was my lunch, but it has definitely saved me on a few occasions. I remember one year, I was planning to bring Lemon Meringue Pies to a cousin's house for Easter, but I wasn't happy with my meringues, so I bolted into the grocery store on the way to her house and grabbed a few pineapples, strawberries, and a bag of coconut. That's all I needed, and everyone loved it - something tasty and light for dessert after a big meal.
Fresh or frozen strawberries
Shredded sweetened coconut
Lime zest for garnish (optional)
Usually, I will cut the pineapple into 1/8 sections, but since it was my lunch, I just quartered it. Slice the pineapple spear like you would a melon spear - slice along the rind, then down to create segments. If I'm using 1/8 sections, I cut it into chunks, but I chose to make thin slices today.
You can either spoon thawed frozen strawberries (or raspberries) over the top, then srpinkle with coconut, or slice and macerate some fresh berries. Sometimes I'll slide the berry slices between the pineapple slices.
I had a few limes handy today, so I decided to top mine with a little lime zest. Well, that was my lunch. What did everyone else have today???