Nov 20, 2014

Eclair Cake

Eclair Cake

      For the upcoming Holidays don't forget about this simple, crowd pleasing cake.
      So easy to make, and so delicious!
      I love baking from scratch, but this cake really is a great choice when you
      don't have enough time, but still want to serve something everyone will love.

          Éclair Cake

        2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
        1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
        3 cups milk
        1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares

        1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting 

       *Instead of chocolate frosting I have used 100g milk chocolate with 2 tbs oil,
         melted slowly on low heat. 
       *If using chocolate instead of chocolate frosting, remember to let the cake sit 15-20 min 
        before serving and cut with a sharp knife which you heat by putting it under running hot water. 

In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk.
Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers. Top with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.
Spread the frosting over the whole cake up to the edges of the pan. Cover, and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

Eclair Cake

Nov 9, 2014

Denmar Danish White Cheese & Zucchini Phyllo Pita

Cheese and Zucchini Phyllo

Denmar Danish White Cheese & Zucchini Phyllo Pita


Filling:
1 lb Denmar Danish White Cheese
2 eggs
2 small/medium zucchinis grated and drained
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil mixed with 5tbsp hot (not too hot) water

Also need:
egg wash (1 egg 2 tbsp water)

Preheat oven to 450 F. Crumble two Danish White Cheese blocks with a fork until resembles crumbled feta. Scramble two eggs and mix in with the cheese. Add salt and zucchini.

Mix water and oil in a small bowl, this will be phyllo wash. Oil bottom of the pan, place one sheet of phyllo with excess edges going over. Sprinkle generously but don't over soak with oil/water mixture, then place another phyllo sheet over, sprinkle again, and spread a layer of the filling. Repeat until you have 3 layers of cheese zucchini filling, and then top it with another two layers of phyllo sheets. Cut away the excess edges, and tuck the edges in nicely.

Ideally this would be better with homemade phyllo, but sometimes you just don't have the time :)
Oil the top lightly but evenly, especially the edges. With a sharp knife cut into squares and bake until golden brown. It will rise a little. At the very end brush with egg wash and bake another 3-5 minutes. Take out of the oven, cover lightly and let it set for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cheese and Zucchini Phyllo

Oct 7, 2014

Cheat Ravioli (with wonton wrappers)

 
 
 
Love all things simple. Who doesn't? Not much time to cook and experiment lately, so I love quick recipes that are still at least semi-homemade :)
 
Filling:
1 medium bag of spinach
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan/Romano grated cheese mix
salt and pepper to taste
(no need for exact measurements, just kind of off hand)
 
 I sautéed spinach (just until wilted), and drained it well. Then processed it in a food processor with remaining ingredients, just few spins ;)
That's it!
 
To assemble, brush the edges of wonton wrappers with water, place a little less than teaspoon of filling in center, and connect opposite corners. Using a fork secure the edges. Boil like any other pasta, until al dente and serve with your favorite sauce.
 
I don't have an after picture because it was late for pictures at dinner time. Perhaps next time I make them on a weekend and update this post, because I sure am making them again.
 

Jul 17, 2014

Lamington Cake Pops

Lamington cake pops

Well, my family and friends love lamingtons, so I thought about making them into cake pops. Sure enough, people have already done it!! Well, great idea, indeed! Love 'em!
To make:
One recipe sponge cake, or your favorite sponge cake recipe.
Chocolate candy melt
Any kind of pudding, cream, frosting or whatever you like to combine the crumbs. I have used Dr.Oetker strawberry pudding made with about 1/3 cup less milk so it's thicker.
Desiccated coconut
Cool the cake, remove crust, and crumble it with your hands. Add pudding, or whatever you like to make a mixture that can be formed easily. Form balls and put a stick in each, dip them in chocolate candy melt, and then in coconut. Cool in fridge, and serve. Easy! :)
 
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