Dessert for Easter!
It seems that often after a hearty meal, everyone is too full to have dessert so I like to fix something on the light side! At least something lighter than, say, pie.
Today’s recipe is a light green in color so looks springy. This is one of my favorite desserts. I hope that you will enjoy it, too! Let’s hope that by Easter, the weather will be warmer and we will be well into the spring season. I have peaked under the leaves that are protecting my flowers and they are starting to poke through, I am anxious to uncover them but will wait awhile until we have a warm day. I get anxious to start cleaning up the flower beds! The birds are singing and we have seen some cedar waxwings in the neighborhood so it will soon be time!
48 Ritz crackers
1/2 cup melted butter
Mix together and press into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 8 minutes at 300 degrees; cool.
2 boxes instant pistachio pudding mix
1 3/4 cup cold milk
Mix together, then beat in:
1 quart ice cream (softened)
Pour over crust and chill until firm, top with a layer of cool whip, sprinkle with 2 crushed heath candy bars. Chill until serving.
A dish for the man of the house!
Last week I was paging through one of my older cookbooks trying to find an inspiration to fix for dinner and I came across a recipe that I used to prepare years ago when our family was growing up. I decided to make it again. It was a huge hit with Pa Lloyd! He even liked it warmed up a couple of days later and he isn’t fond of leftovers. Then he said, “I think you should put that recipe in the paper. It’s one the men would like.”
This is what I would call a meat-and-potato-type of dish - nothing fancy, just hearty, regular food that sticks to the ribs! Best of all it’s pretty fast to put together! I hope the man of the house likes it and that you do, too!
Hamburger and Potato Hot Dish:
1 lb hamburger
1 small onion, chopped
4 medium-large potatoes, sliced
1 can beef vegetable soup, undiluted
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
salt and pepper to taste
Brown meat and onion very lightly, mix and blend with remaining ingredients, lightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
Oldie but a goodie!
Our City of Lakes Garden Club meets monthly and this month, a member, Ruth Hinrichs, hosted a luncheon for us at her home. For dessert she served these delicious brownies. All the members wanted the recipe. Ruth told us that the recipe is one she copied out of the Seventeen magazine when she was a teenager in 1943! I would say this recipe has withstood the test of time! Ruth says she doubles both the brownie recipe and the frosting recipe for a 9x13 pan.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
Cream together and add: 2 eggs and beat thoroughly.
Then add 5 1/3 Tbsps unsweetened cocoa, 1 tsp vanilla and mix well, stir in 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.
Spread in greased 8x8 inch pan. bake for 35 minutes at 325 degrees, cool.
Quick Chocolate Frosting:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 oz. (1 env.) chocobake
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tsp milk
Mix altogether and beat until smooth. Refrigerate in warm weather. Think Spring!
Pizza for Desert!
You don’t have to go to a pizza place to have a dessert pizza, you can make your own! Today’s recipe comes from the Food Channel. I have made it for my grandchildren on an evening when we have a pizza night and it’s a hit! If you use the crust recipe I gave you last week, omit the Italian seasoning, just sprinkle it on the one you use for the main course and leave the one for your dessert plain.
1 recipe homemade pizza dough
1 Tbsp melted butter
1/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella or another brand and flavor you like
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp milk chocolate chips
2 Tbsp white chocolate chips
2 Tbsp chopped hazelnuts, roasted or can use
almonds (my favorite)
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pat out pizza dough to a 9 inch round on parchment paper. Using fingers, make indentations all over dough, brush with melted butter, bake on bottom rack at 425 degrees until crisp and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Take out of the oven and immediately spread chocolate hazelnut spread over crust, then sprinkle with chips. Bake just until chips start to melt, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, cut into wedges and serve.
Hope you enjoy this week’s pizza. Have a great week and stay warm and safe!
I'm Kathy Lloyd. I grew up on a farm near Elmore, MN and have lived in Fairmont for over 44 years. I have always loved to cook, even when I was very young. I loved to stay with my Aunt Dorothy during my childhood. She was a great cook and used to give me freedom in the kitchen, teaching me along the way. She made recipes from our Norwegian heritage, along with pies, homemade doughnuts, yeast bread and cinnamon rolls.