This is an elegant “heavenly dessert” that Mom prepared for dinner parties during the holidays. I have no idea how she came upon this recipe ~ I just know I love the result! They are soooo delicious if you love sweet luscious pineapple, angel flaked coconut and fresh whipped cream. They look similar to a Hostess Sno Ball, only larger and taste a hundred times better.
The preparation is a little time consuming; however, the good thing is that they can be assembled a day ahead of time. The day before serving, crushed pineapple, chopped pecans and powdered sugar are combined, then spread on 3 stacked vanilla wafers and covered with coconut on serving day. They’re a great “make ahead of time” dessert and scrumptious beyond words!
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
½ pound (2 sticks) butter
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 eggs yolks, 4 egg whites
1 cup ground pecans
3 pints whipping cream
Angel flake coconut
1 tablespoon milk
Day before serving:
Drain crushed pineapple. You have to end up squeezing it in your hands.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg yolks, nuts and pineapple.
Beat egg whites till stiff.
Fold egg whites into pineapple mixture.
Put 3 vanilla wafers together with pineapple filling: place one wafer on plate, cover liberally with filling, stack another wafer on top, cover liberally with filling, place a third wafer on top of the stack.
Place them in a pan and set in refrigerator overnight.
Beat whipping cream until stiff.
Put wafer stack on a spatula.
Cover all but bottom with stiffly beaten whipped cream.
Sprinkle with coconut.
Place in refrigerator till serving time.
Pam’s Notes: This recipe takes 1 ½ boxes of vanilla wafers. The recipe can easily be halved. If you wish, the coconut can be tinted for a festive look: In a baggie, mix 1 tablespoon milk, a couple of drops of red food coloring and 1 package of coconut together. Let dry overnight.
An amazingly delicious holiday dessert!!!
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