Choosing a Dessert
Sometimes it is a hard decision to know what dessert to have during a special holiday dinner. If you have more than one specialty, which one do you make?
Here are 4 desserts that I have used through the years, that have been successful.
Chocolate Trifle, Heavenly Hash, Pineapple Cake and "Date Dessert". (Nana usually makes the date dessert, but this year, she is only making her fruitcake)
A trifle is a dessert made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or gelatin and whipped cream. A chocolate trifle is usually made with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and candy bars.
1 package (18 1/4 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix
1 package (6 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup strong coffee
1 carton (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
6 toffee candy bars, crushed (I use Heath bars)
Bake cake according to package directions. Cool. Prepare pudding. Set aside. Crumble cake. Reserve 1/2 cup. Place half of remaining cake crumbs in bottom of a 4 1/2 or 5 quart dish.
Layer with half the coffee, 1/2 the pudding, 1/2 the whipped topping and half the crushed candy bars.
Repeat the layers of cake, coffee, pudding and whipped topping. Combine remaining crushed candy bars with the reserved cake crumbs. Sprinkle over the top.
Refrigerate 4-5 hours before serving. 8-10 servings
This is a fruit dessert that makes a huge amount and it is yummy!
1 #2 can pineapple chunks or bits, drained, with juice reserved
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 large bottle maraschino cherries. chopped
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
1 cup coconut
1-16 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
Bring reserved pineapple juice to a boil. Mix eggs, flour and sugar together to make a paste. Stir into boiling pineapple juice. Cook until thickened. Chill 4 hours or overnight.
Drain cherries and chop. Combine with pineapple, marshmallows, nuts and coconut in large bowl. Stir into chilled juice. Fold in whipped topping thoroughly. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. (Overnight, if desired.)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-20 oz can crushed pineapple
Mix well. Pour into a greased 9" X 13" pan
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees F. Start topping after 20 minutes.
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together in large saucepan. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour syrup over cake (add coconut, if desired) immediately after removing cake from oven.
This is our dessert that we always have on Christmas Eve after a lasagna dinner. It is light and rich. Soooo delicious!
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup nuts
Cool Whip, 16 oz., thawed
Combine flour and soda with sugar. Add well-beaten eggs. Mix in nuts and dates. Spread mixture into well-greased pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 40 minutes. Let cool completely.
Break cake in small bite-sized pieces. Fold in Cool Whip. Let stand overnight.
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