One fruit that I eat a lot every time I go home to the Philippines is mango. Philippine mango tastes different from the Altaulfo mango, the one that is being sold here in Vancouver. My maternal grandmother used to have several mango trees in her hometown and growing up, we always got a supply of mangoes when they were in season. I miss Philippine mango so much, every time I go home, I always have them as much as I can. I was so happy to have some small kidney mangoes when I went home recently this year. Small kidney mangoes are my favorite. They are so small, I can use my fingers to unpeel them and it takes only a few bites to eat them. Mangoes are abundant at this time of the year here in Vancouver. Aside from eating them as is, my family loves mango in puddings and in cakes. This mango float recipe is another way of using fresh ripe mangoes. It tastes similar to the mango cake we buy from our local Asian bakery. The difference is that this recipe consists of graham crackers instead of sponge cake. Both use whipped cream and slices of mangoes, hence the similarities in taste. My youngest son and I made this mango float but he is the artistic one, so he decorated the top with a big rose out of the mango slices. It looked so pretty, it was a shame to cut it. Enjoy!
- 5 ripe mangoes or more as needed
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 400 g box of Honey Maid wafers or graham crackers
- Peel the mangoes, slice in half and then slice the cut halves lengthwise into thin strips. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream in a medium bowl until double in size. Add condensed milk and vanilla extract; mix until well combined.
- Put a layer of graham crackers at the bottom of an 8-inch square glass baking dish or any similar container, filling the gaps with trimmed crackers. Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture evenly on top of the crackers and then top with a layer of mango slices.
- Place another layer of graham crackers, cream mixture and slices of mango; repeat the process one more time, ending with slices of mango.
- Refrigerate the mango float overnight to set completely before serving.