Sunday, May 23, 2010
For Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
16 (2-inch)graham cracker squares (approximately 1 1/4 cups chopped)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 package (24 pieces) soft ladyfingers
1 quart fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
1 container (16 ounces) sour cream, divided
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed
2 packages (3.4 ounces each) cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Cook's Tip: Vanilla instant pudding and pie filling can be substituted for cheesecake pudding.
Preheat oven to 400?F. For crust, finely chop crackers. In a small microwave-cooker, melt butter on HIGH 20 seconds; mix in brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Press crumb mixture onto bottom of springform pan. Bake 10 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Trim ladyfingers flat on bottom. Place ladyfingers around edge of pan, standing up against sides; fit together snugly. Set aside one perfect strawberry with stem for garnish. Hull remaining strawberries. Place strawberries next to each other, hulled side down, over entire surface of crust.
Measure 1/2 cup of the sour cream; set aside. Place cream cheese in a bowl; microwave on HIGH 20-30 seconds or until softened. Gradually whisk in thawed strawberries in juice and remaining sour cream. Add pudding mix; whisk until mixture is smooth and begins to thicken. Immediately pour pudding mixture over strawberries in pan, pressing down between berries. Smooth surface.
Combine reserved sour cream with powdered sugar in a bowl; mix until smooth. Spread topping over cake, leaving 1/2-inch border around edge. For garnish, slice reserved strawberry to create a strawberry fan; place on top of cake.
Yield: 12 servings
basket coffee filters
chenille stems (red, white, blue, gold and/or silver)
red and blue watercolor paint
2 pieces of paper towel or a kitchen towel
Gather your supplies and have them all within arm's reach. Cover kids clothes with a smock or old t-shirt.
Now you are ready to begin making your coffee filter fireworks flowers...
Paint the coffee filter with water color paint. Paint some solid red, some solid blue and others a combination of blue and red, leaving some areas unpainted.
Leaving the center of the filter in tact, cut the coffee filter in strips, working you way around the circle
Take the longer piece of chenille and poke it through the center of the coffee filter. There should be about 2" of chenille poked through.
Turn the entire thing upside down and grasp the filter with your fingers. Gather it around the chenille and secure it by wrapping the extra piece of chenille stem that you cut off in an earlier step. Twist it around the part you are holding and turn the flower back upright.
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