Pan American Day Dishes – Honduran Hot Pineapple Punch

Here is a pretty cool little pamphlet with recipes that I will probably give ashot.  This is from the Office of Public Relations, Pan American Union, Washington, DC… likely from 1954-55.  Designed to help everyone make authentic foods for their Pan American Day observations!!! (So… what day is that again?)  Recipes include Sopa de Albondigas (Costa Rican Meat Ball Soup), Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken with Rice), Pastel De Choclo (Chilean Corn and Meat Pudding), Picadillo Cubano (Cuban Hash), Haitian Bouillon, Arroz Con Jueyes (Puerto Rican Rice with Crabmeat), Uruguayan-Style Green Beans, Guacamole, Abacate Sorvete (Brazilian Avocado Ice), Mantecados (Dominican Shortening Cakes) and the recipe included here – Ponche de Pina (Honduran Hot Pineapple Punch).  If anyone wants any of these other recipes posted, just let me know.  I’ll be happy to type them up and post.

3 pineapples

½ oz. cinnamon

½ oz. cloves

½ oz. allspice

1 qt. coconut milk

1 qt. light-bodied rum

6 oz. sugar

Peel pineapples, chop or shred and place in a deep pan.  Add cinnamon, cloves, allspice and coconut milk. (If fresh coconut milk is not available, pour generous cup of milk over fresh can of grated coconut; let it stand for several hours, then drain; squeeze coconut through cheesecloth to obtain as much of the juice as possible).  Boil mixture for 5 minutes, add rum and serve hot.  Be sure to use light-bodied rum.

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