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This was such a hit at our brunch today (Easter). I am so glad I splurged for the Vanilla Bean. Here are the fruits I did: Bottom/Layer 1: Strawberries Layer 2: Mangoes 3: Blackberries 4: Kiwi Fruits 5: Blueberries with more Strawberries in center. Top Layer- Ring of Strawberries with Blackberries in center (Garnish). I also used 3/4 Cup of sugar and 3/4 Cup of water to increase the syrup. Half a Vanilla Bean because the one I bought was SO large. The grapefruit was so nice in the syrup. Everyone just raved about the presentation and the taste. This is a keeper. I will upload my picture, footed truffle bowl.
The flavour was fine but not spectacular. I made this with fresh peeled and sliced, in season peaches and sliced banana. I tried this twice in half the amount and both times the syrup got too thick so be careful with that! I added halal vanilla bean paste (vanilla bean flecks in it, no alcohol, from the health food store) after simmering. The syrup did improve in flavour overnight refrigerated. I did not use the grapefruit juice as I didn't think it is required but that probably would have improved the flavour for me.
Absolutely Fabulous!!!! I really loved the syrup!!! Adding the grapefruit juice to it gave it a really wonderful depth of flavor and the vanilla bean is just to die for on fruit!!! I picked fruits that were fresh at my store and that I thought would go well with vanilla. I used pears, blackberries, kiwi, strawberries, and mango. Served with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt and it was a hit, thanks!!!!
Used exactly the ingredients listed for this recipe, & am even more interested in making it again so I can add or change things a bit! That does not, however, detract from the fact that the listed combo of fruits makes for A VERY TASTY & REFRESHING SALAD, & it was the syrup that makes this so special! MOST DEFINITELY A KEEPER OF A RECIPE! Thanks for posting it! [Tagged, made & reviewed as an extra recipe for one of my vegan teammates in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap]