Sharon's ambrosia

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Sharon's ambrosia

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 12 to 16

Note: From Sharon Rushing


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1 pint heavy cream

3 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste, plus more for garnish

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste, plus more for garnish

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 (20-ounce) can diced pineapple packed with juice, drained and juice reserved

1 (10.5-ounce) bag mini-marshmallows, preferably multicolored

1 (16-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 orange, peeled and cut into skinless segments

1 apple, cored and diced

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl, combine the heavy cream with the powdered sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Using a mixer, whip the cream to medium peaks. With the mixer running on low speed, add one-fourth cup of the reserved pineapple juice. Taste and adjust the seasonings or pineapple juice to taste. Set the whipped cream aside.

2. In a separate large bowl, combine the diced pineapple, marshmallows, maraschino cherries, coconut, walnuts, orange and apple. Fold in the whipped cream to coat completely.

3. Serve the ambrosia topped with a dusting of ground nutmeg and cinnamon.

Each of 16 servings: 343 calories; 3 grams protein; 41 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 20 grams fat; 11 grams saturated fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 33 grams sugar; 58 mg sodium.