Saturday, April 11, 2009

Russian Cream

I love Easter. The bunny, the eggs, the candy, family and dinner, all of it. But especially the part about the sacrifice.
I am humbled by Christ.
I wish many sweet blessings upon all of you and those you love.
Happy Easter!

I am celebrating Easter with a few thousand people tomorrow. I really am quite popular if you didn't already know. People will line up to wait for a moment of my time.

I will be working in the Express Lane for your shopping pleasure.

Something my family has made often for Easter and Spring affairs is Russian Cream. It came from Sunset Favorite Recipes quite a few years ago. This is easy and perfect with strawberries or crisp lemon cookies. It is pretty when molded but quickly looks fairly tore up once everyone figures out how good it is. Just a spoonful on a berry and mmm. You can make individual ones if you prefer for dessert or a tea or shower. It always seems to take the guys a while to get to this and we ladies have sort of attacked it so they really don't get their fair share. Snooze = lose.

3/4 c sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 c water
1 c heavy cream
1 1/2 c sour cream
1 t vanilla

5 baskets strawberries

In a small pan, mix the sugar and gelatin.
Add the water and mix.
Let set for 5 minutes.
Bring to a full boil while stirring, careful not to boil over.
Remove from heat.
Let cool.
Add the heavy cream to the gelatin and mix.
In a medium bowl mix sour cream and vanilla.
Add the gelatin mixture to the sour cream and blend.
Pour into a lightly sprayed 4 cup mold.
Chill for about 4-5 hours.
Serve with strawberries and/or crisp lemon cookies.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Coconut Almond Fudge Bars

It was time for some baking. I have been devouring crappy sweets at work, AKA grocery store, and, really it all sort of sucks big time.
So what to make, what to make?
This....gooey and rich and yummy.
Yes, my own creation.
Applause is accepted.
And money.
Or winning lottery tickets.
Or rich wonderful husbands (not yours of course).


1 1/2 cubes of butter
1/2 c sugar
3 c grahm cracker crumbs
7 oz jar of marshmallow fluff
16 oz jar of hot fudge
Large bag of sweetend coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk, warm can in hot water
1/4 c butter
1 1/2 c almonds, slivered, sliced or chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 1 1/2 cubes of butter.
Add sugar and blend.
Add grahm cracker crumbs and blend.
Press into parchment lined 11x15" baking pan.
Warm marshmallow fluff in microwave in 15 second increments till easily spreadable.
Carefully spread over grahm crust.
Warm hot fudge in microwave for 1 minute.
Carefully spread fudge over marshmallow.
Sprinkle coconut on top.
Pour warmed sweetened condensed milk evenly over coconut.
Bake 25 minutes until coconut begins to brown.
Melt 1/4 cup of butter.
Toss almond in butter.
Sprinkle almonds on top.
Bake 20 minutes more until almonds begin to brown.
Remove and cool.
Cut into squares.

Now is there not enough stuff on there?