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9-1-1 Ambrosia

  • Serves 4.


  • 2-3 broken meringue shells
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup sliced peaches (canned works fine, but drain well)


One of my favorite desserts is Pavlova, named for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The dessert is made in meringue shells that break easily if you’re not very careful. If this happens, make the following “ambrosia” out of the broken shell pieces.

Toast coconut in oven until golden brown. Set aside. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Cut banana into thin slices and cut sliced peaches into halves. Combine broken meringue and other ingredients together and place in 4 glass bowls or parfait glasses. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

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