Two years before I was asked to teach a class at Degustibus Cooking School in Macy’s Times Square, I did the backroom kitchen work for two different chef friends who were teaching there. The head assistant, Amaral Ozeias, who during his long tenure has seen every great Chef and Tv personality pass through the doors of that kitchen, quietly motioned for me to come into his office. He pulled out the prettiest little yellow truffle and proceeded to recite the recipe, one of his all-time favorites. This kind gesture was the most delicious favor he could have done for me.
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- 1 1⁄4 cup firmly packed sweetened flaked coconut, divided
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 medium pineapple, ripe
- 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
1. In a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade, process 1⁄4 cup coconut with 1⁄4 cup sugar. remove to a bowl or ziplock bag. Set aside.
2. Cut the pineapple out of the shell. Discard core and cut the flesh into chunks. Purée pineapple in blender or food processor. Transfer the puréed pineapple to a medium pot. Mix in 1 cup coconut, 1⁄2 cup sugar, and the confectioner’s sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until all of the liquid evaporates, about 30-35 minutes, stirring often to make sure the mixture is not browning on the bottom. If the mixture is starting to brown lower heat slightly and stir more often. The mixture will turn a dark golden color. Turn off the heat.
3. Remove 1⁄2 cup of the pineapple mixture and mix it into the egg yolks to temper them. Add the tempered yolks into the pot and mix back on heat until dry and pulling away from the sides of the pot, about 5 minutes.
4. Place the pot in the freezer and chill completely. remove the pineapple mixture from the freezer. Using a tiny melon baller or 1⁄4 teaspoon measure, make balls. roll in the coconut/sugar that was blended in the first step. If the truffles get too sticky to roll, place the mixture back into the freezer for a few minutes.
5. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and place into freezer. Once frozen, remove and store in an airtight container in single layers separated by parchment paper. Return truffles to freezer.
6. Serve right from the freezer or place in little paper candy cups or on a platter 10 minutes before serving.
Excerpted from Susie Fishbein’s Kosher By Design entertains.
Recipe published in JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller Summer 2013. Subscribe Now.