Ananas Ripieno {Pineapple filled with Fruit}

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If this doesn’t scream warm weather I don’t know what does! Isn’t she purty? And so festive! Not only can it serve as a stunning centerpiece it’s a juicy, luscious tasty treat! This is NOT your ordinary fruit salad though! Oh no! This perfectly coiffed pineapple is packed with a little punch!

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Just be careful when you’re carving the Pineapple NOT to pierce the walls or the bottom. You don’t want all those beautiful juices leaking out all over the place now do you? The beauty of this is that you can use just about any fruit your little heart desires. I used strawberries, kiwis, bananas and of course pineapple in this one BUT I also love mango, papaya, grapes…You name it!

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It would be ah-mazing with lychees {I just couldn’t get my hot little hands on any at the time, I know they’re strange looking but oh mamma are they GOOD} Now for the punch portion…Cointreau…that luscious orange liquor it just gives this a little something something extra. You’ll want to let the fruits mingle and get to know each for about an hour. I know it will be hard, you’ll want to dive in immediately BUT resist the urge. The longer they get to know each other the better it will be! Plus all those extra juices make a great base for a fruity drink ; ) That is if you have any leftover!

Baci!

Pineapple filled with Fresh Fruit

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 banana - sliced
  • 2 kiwi - peeled, sliced
  • 6 large strawberries - sliced
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 ounce of Cointreau Liquor
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 sprig fresh mint

What To Do:

  1. Cut the top off of pineapple. CAREFULLY remove the pineapple from the inside, using caution as not to pierce the walls or the bottom of the pineapple as this will be your serving vessel.
  2. Remove the core. Cube the pineapple and place into a large bowl. Add: banana, kiwi and strawberries. Pour lemon juice on top of fruit. Toss to combine.
  3. Add Cointreau and sprinkle sugar on top. Mix to combine. Place into refrigerator to chill for minimum of one hour.
  4. Prior to serving, transfer fruit into center of pineapple. Garnish with fresh mint
http://www.bellalimento.com/2010/05/26/ananas-ripieno-pineapple-filled-with-fruit/

24 Comments

  1. 1

    Beautiful! Such gorgeous photos, too. You had me at Cointreau. ;)

  2. 2

    Gorgeous presentation!

  3. 3

    This looks delicious! My grandma used to put cointreau on fruit salad — I’d totally forgotten about the combination.

  4. 4

    What a great idea. It is winter in my neck of the woods right now but as soon as Spring comes around again I will definitely be trying this. Thanks.

  5. 5

    Can I drizzle melted Nutella on top? Please? Pretty please? :)

  6. 6

    yum! What a great idea!

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  7. 7

    Wow! This would make the most amazing centerpiece. And delicious.

  8. 8

    What a great idea…I will be stealing this one!

  9. 9

    i love how all of your recipes have Italian names – it makes me smile every day!

  10. 10

    Beeeaauuuutiiiifullll! Perfect somethin’ to spruce a little party table this summer, or even just to make a guest feel special. Thanks for this. And that fruit looks scrumptious!

  11. 11

    I agree some weird loking lychees would be sooo good in this luscious pineapple fruit bowl !

  12. 12

    Absolutely beautiful!

  13. 13

    My oh my, what a heavenly concoction this will be! I’m thinking cream would be a nice addition to such a delightful taste sensation!

  14. 14
    Abraham Simpson /

    Wow, this looks beautiful, what a wonderful desert on a Summer evening to share with that special person.

  15. 15

    These are always so much fun at summer parties as well as delicious.

  16. 16
    lisa Bailey /

    LOL at the Nutella comment above. I was thinking Limoncello AND Cointreau. It’s just been that kind of week.

    This is a seriously gorgeous presentation.

  17. 17

    Really pretty presentation. Fresh fruit is always a great way to end a meal!

  18. 18

    I love the idea, and it looks yummy. Also the pineapple is a very festive idea. Great for parties and such. It give me great ideas.

  19. 19

    Love the presentation!! Looks so refreshing!!

  20. 20

    simply summer, simply beautiful.

  21. 21

    This is perfect for a pool party that is coming up! Beautiful!

  22. 22

    Yum! That looks beautiful, and I’m sure it tastes even better… So refreshing for the summer!

  23. 23

    This is just absolutely stunning!! What a party pleaser!

  24. 24

    This is GORGEOUS!

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