Trying to keep my sanity in tact, while keeping bellies full

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Angel Food Surprise

Ott, A and I had such a great time during Canning Week, we just didn't want the fun to end! Every Tuesday, we'll be showcasing a recipe using things we canned this year. Make sure to check back each week for lots of great recipes from us and our fellow canners!





I've made this a few times, but until now, I never realized it didn't have a name. So I apologize for the lack of imagination here, but I'm tired; it's been a long day!!

Any time I make a dessert to take to work or somewhere else, the husband always gets this really sad look in his eyes because i won't let him touch it. This is one of the few desserts that I can make him his own little bowl  and avoid the puppy dog eyes. To start, I drain and rinse a jar of berries I canned earlier this summer. I canned them in some simple syrup and lemon juice. But there's plenty of sweetness in this dessert, so I rinse the syrup off and pour them in a bowl

If I'm in a hurry, or just being lazy, I'll buy an angel food cake. If I have the time, I make a cake. To make the process go a little faster, I split the batter up between a couple of loaf pans and a couple ramekins. Then bake until done. The ramekins are great because the husband gets his own little bowl and that's one less dish to wash! 

To make the individual desserts, run a knife around the edge of the ramekin and pull the cake out. 

Put a few berries in the bottom and set the cake back in the dish and poke a few holes in the top of the cake.

For the main dessert, tear up the big cakes into bite size pieces and put a layer of cake in the bottom of a 2 qt glass bowl. Then add a layer of berries. Repeat.


Prepare a large box of jello as directed on the box. Let it set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 


When it starts to thicken, remove from refrigerator. Spoon about a ladle full into each small ramekin.



Pour the remaining jello into the large bowl


Let it set up in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Top with whipped cream to serve!

The canned berries have so many uses. They're great as an ice cream topping or in pancakes. Of course you can always just eat them straight out of the jar! 

To make a great smoothie, combine the following ingredients in a blender:
(the amounts can be varied depending on how thick or thin you want it)

Canned berries
Plain Yogurt
1 or 2 large marshmallows
Milk


Do you have a great recipe you'd like to share? Link it up on my blog! No rules, just a fun way to share recipes.

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Make sure you take a peek. I don't just do this to satisfy the hostesses; blog hopping is how you meet all kinds of wonderful bloggers and make new friends!

Speaking of wonderful bloggers, make sure to visit these blogs for other great recipes using things we canned over the summer!


5 comments:

Lana said...

That sounds good too! All these food recipes today are going to make me want to go eat something about every five minutes!

Adrienne said...

Mmmm...dessert! Angelfood cake and berries are 2 of my favorites. :)

And wow! Do your berries look great after being canned!

Jen said...

Adrienne, I have a confession. I got a new camera this year that has a "food" setting. It's like the restaurant commercials where the food always looks so good, then you order it, and it's not recognizable! The pictures of the berries looked so much better than the actual bowl full of berries!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh yes, that is delicious and looks beautiful. a great dessert to serve company!

Katie said...

I received a package in the mail from you yesterday! Thank you so much. Can't wait to use it. Love your blog Jen!
Katie

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