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tropical mango lush

Recipe by
Cathy Smith
Cooper now in Columbus Ga., TX

I created this recipe as a birthday dessert for my daughter (all have outgrown cakes, now they challenge me). This is an original recipe altho the cookies are name brand. But they are softer than the usual shortbread. This is so delicious. Please enjoy.

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Ingredients For tropical mango lush

  • 1 box
    french vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (12 ounc can
    mango soda
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 4 c
    fresh or frozen mango
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 1 pkg
    shortbread cookies (i used keeber shortbread sandies)
  • 1 c
    lukewarm water
  • 1 pkg
    unflavored gelatine
  • 1 can
    sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice
  • 2 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 3 can
    cubed mango, drained, reserve juice
  • 2 c
    heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 c
    concentrated juice (see directions)
  • 1/4-1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    french vanilla pudding powder
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 c
    dried mango cut into bits

How To Make tropical mango lush

  • 1
    Butter and lightly flour a 9x13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350.
  • 2
    For the fruit level, place diced fresh or frozen mango into a pot. Sprinkle with a little salt and the sugar and set aside and proceed with cake. Let Macerate.
  • 3
    Mix Cake mix with Mango Soda until blended, add Vanilla. Pour into pan and bake till done 25-35 minutes. Let cool Completely.
  • 4
    While cake is baking, go back to the fruit, it should have put off some juice by now. Bring this up to a boil and then turn heat down to low. Stir occasionally and when the juice gets thick and the fruit is tender, remove from heat. Stir in Amaretto, Vanilla and lime juice. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  • 5
    Drain the cans of mango retaining the juice. Place juice in a small pan and bowl till it makes about 2-4 tablespoons of thick gel. Then set aside and let cool.
  • This is the picture of the cookies that worked well.
    Crush the cookies, some finer than others but leave some texture throughout.
  • 7
    While waiting for cake to cook, cut the dried mango into a dice, I found using the kitchen shears to be the easiest way. Set this aside and let’s finish it up.
  • 8
    Add water and gelatin to a small pan. Stir and let rest until gelatin blooms, about 3 minutes. Bring to a simmer to a simmer over medium-low. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until gelatin completely dissolves. Remove from heat. In a blender, combine condensed milk, drained mango and lime juice; puree until smooth. Add gelatin and blend on low speed for a few seconds to combine. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Beat cream with a mixer or by hand in a large bowl, at medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, until it holds soft peaks (be careful not to over-beat). Fold whipped cream into mango gelatin, which should have started to set a bit, until thoroughly combined.
  • 9
    Cut the cake in bite size pieces. Place this in a 9x13 dish or pan. Once that is done, scatter the fruit over the cake with the thick syrup juice. Sprinkle the cookie crumbs and larger bits evenly over the fruit. Spoon the thickened mousse over the cookies and smooth the top. Place in refrigerator while you make the Whipped Cream.
  • 10
    In the same large mixing bowl, place 2 more cups of heavy cream, with the juice that has cooled off almost to a gel, powdered sugar, Pudding powder, Amaretto and Vanilla. Whip to stiff peaks. You can pipe this onto the dessert or spoon it on and smooth it out. Sprinkle dried mango bits over the top and refrigerate at least 2-4 hours.
  • 11
    Notes: You may change the kind of fruit as well as the soda. If there is no corresponding soda then you can use 7 up. Do not juice juice unless it is carbonated, it requires carbonation to rise. The Amaretto also is changeable, I actually used Peach Crown Whiskey. But you can also omit it, or add almond extract instead in all the different components. This is my daughter’s favorite fruit, and I wrote this recipe for her birthday dinner. It seems over the top cause it is but it is really easy, only took me 2 hours and not working continously but with the cooling etc.

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