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Mango Royale

Pastry chef Isa Fabro is preparing a delicious dessert using champagne mangoes and graham crackers.
Mango Royale
Ingredients
  • 2 sleeves (9 ½ oz. total) graham crackers
  • 10 tbsp. salted butter
  • Cooking-oil spray
  • 1 pt. heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 to 8 soft-ripe Ataulfo (Champagne) mangoes (2 ½ lbs. total) or 3 soft-ripe large mangoes (2 ½ lbs. total), such as Haden or Kent
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. lime juice (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Break up crackers and whirl half at a time in a food processor until finely ground. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown throughout, 8 to 10 minutes total. Pour into a bowl.

2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until melted and deep golden, swirling pan often, 12 to 15 minutes. Drizzle crumbs with butter and toss to coat. Let cool.

3. Spray a 9-in. round, 2 ½ - to 3-in.-deep springform pan with cooking-oil spray. Line pan bottom with a 9-in. circle of parchment paper. Line sides with 3-in.-wide strips of parchment; spray again.

4. Pour cream into a large bowl. Beating with a mixer on medium speed, slowly drizzle in sweetened condensed milk, and then beat to stiff peaks. (Beating on medium speed takes longer, but helps build a stable structure.) Set aside, chilled.

5. Mangoes will be cut in parallel to center pits. Scoop out flesh from cheeks with a spoon and slice flesh from pits. Coarsely purée fruit in a clean food processor. Measure 2 cups (save extra for other uses). If you like, add lime juice so purée tastes sweet tart.

6. Evenly sprinkle bottom of lined pan with ½ cup graham-cracker crumbs and spread in an even layer using a small offset spatula. Dollop half of the whipped cream on top, and carefully spread cream level without stirring up crumbs. Spoon 1-cup mango purée on top and spread level. Sprinkle 1-cup crumbs on top. Repeat cream and mango layers. Sprinkle top with remaining crumbs but don't smooth down.

7. Wrap dessert with plastic wrap and freeze until firm but still sliceable, about 6 hours. Remove pan rim and parchment and cut into wedges.

*Also called Manila mangoes, aromatic, satiny Ataulfo mangoes have almost no fibers. Find at well-stocked grocery stores, Asian markets, and melissas.com; or use another variety.

Make ahead: Up to 2 weeks, frozen; to serve, let stand at room temperature until just soft enough to slice, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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