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  1. 3 sm Chayotes (about 6 ounces -each)

  2. 1/2 c Almonds

  3. 1/2 c Sugar

  4. 3 Eggs

  5. 1 tb Brandy

  6. 1 ts Vanilla

  7. 2 tb Milk or cream pn Nutmeg

  8. 1/2 c Sponge cake or pound cake *

  9. 1/2 c Golden sultana or black -raisins

  10. 3 tb Slivered almonds

  11. 1 c Softly whipped cream, -barely sweetened

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  1. crumbled into fine crumbs, plus 2 tablespoons for topping (see note) This is a use for chayote that I would never have thought of, but it sounds really good. I love to shock people with the unexpected, such as serving these stuffed chayote shells for dessert. In this recipe, chayote’s delicate texture and taste combine with almonds, sugar, brandy, eggs, cream, raisins and sponge cake to make an elegant pudding-like filling for the pale-green shells. They are absolutely delicious and something you might have been served in one of the fine old households of colonial Mexico. Cut the chayote in half lengthwise and steam for 35 minutes, or until just tender. Do not overcook you don’t want the shells to collapse when you scoop them out. Meanwhile, combine the almonds and sugar in a food processor and grind until the almonds are fairly fine. Preheat oven to 375F. When the chayote is cooked and cool enough to handle, remove the seed, and scoop out the pulp, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell. Set aside. Place the chayote pulp in the processor with the ground almonds; add eggs and process to a puree. Add the brandy, vanilla and milk or cream. Blend. Pour mixture into a bowl and stir in nutmeg, cake crumbs and raisins. Spoon the pudding mixture into the chayote shells (you will have about 1 1/2 cups left over) and place them in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle slivered almonds and reserved cake crumbs over the tops. Bake stuffed shells for 30 minutes. Pour remaining pudding mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for 25 minutes. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream. Serves 6 lucky people. (The pudding loaf serves 4.) NOTE: I cheat and buy a frozen pound cake to use for this recipe. PER SERVING: 420 calories, 10 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate, 20 g fat (7 g saturated), 192 mg cholesterol, 141 mg sodium, 3 g fiber. From an article by Jacquiline Higuera McMahan in the San Francisco Chronicle, 6/2/93. Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; June 4 1993. Archive January 2010 December 2009 July 2009 June 2009 April 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008


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