Sunday, November 17, 2013

Berry Trifle

We all know trifle can be done a million and one ways.  There really is no right and wrong.
Here is a simple version of fruit trifle.
Mmmmm… soo good.
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
Angel Food cake ( we used about 1-1/2 ready made cakes)
1 pkg ( 135 g) Vanilla Cook and Serve Pudding
Light Cool Whip
Prepare your cook and serve vanilla pudding as per package instructions.   You’ll need to do this ahead of time as the pudding needs to cool completely before assembling in the trifle.  As it cools place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper over the pot or bowl to make a creamier pudding as well as prevent the top from getting hard. Stir periodically to allow steam to escape.
Wash all your berries and allow to dry.
You can cut your angel food cake or just rip into bite sized pieces.
Start with cake on the bottom of your dish, layer with some pudding then cool whip and berries.  Layer in that order so that the pudding can soak into the cake.  Keep layering and arranging. 
Arrange the top any way you like.  Be creative!

Coconut Macaroons & Treat Skewers

My daughters love to be in the kitchen.  They’ve become amazing cooks.  I believe their interest might branch out to baking very soon.  My youngest, Nadia, loves coconut macaroons, so today we made them together.
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Personally I’m a fan of a simple macaroon recipe, no eggs, no fancy stuff.  Lightly browned on the outside and moist and chewy on the inside.
You just can’t get any simpler than this.  This makes about 48 macaroons.
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6 cups flaked coconut
1 can (300 gr) Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine coconut, condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl.  Mix until all coconut is moist with condensed milk.
Using a teaspoon, place rounded spoonful onto baking sheet.
Bake for 12- 15 minutes or until browned around the edges.
Do not remove from baking sheet for at least 5 minutes.  Then place on wire rack for cooling.
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Since she was taking these for an occasion, she paired them with some sweet skewers that she saw on Pinterest.  They were fun to make and totally delicious.
Sweet strawberries, marshmallows, 2 bite brownies and some drizzled chocolate. 
Easy to make, fun to eat.
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Enjoy !