First off I’d like to apologize for leaving you for two weeks as I was off to the woods for a little vacation! A little break from technology is always good, but it does not mean I took a break from cooking! Unfortunately I just couldn’t share it with you. And so that you will forgive me, I thought I’d start off with a little something sweet that requires no baking and takes full advantage of all those beautiful berries that we are still getting as summer is winding down. I’m pretty sure you all had a version of it when you were a kid and the love of my life is no exception to this. Now it’s my kids that love it so much I think they could eat the whole thing in one setting, and they almost did until I put a stop to it but they still had managed to polish half of it in one setting between the 3 of them.
The beauty of this cake is that it does not require any cooking skill per say, unless you count layering a skill. It is simply layers of Graham crackers, pudding and whip cream with some sort of fruit. The trick is to not make it too sweet and so here is my recipe for it.
Start by putting one layer of Graham crackers in the bottom of your pan (no need for non-stick anything in this case). Next, soften your cream cheese with the mixer (I used the little handheld one for this job) and then add half of the whip cream, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tsp of sugar and whip this up until it is light and fluffy. Proceed by spreading this beautiful white fluffy cloud over your first layer of crackers (you may lick your spatula and bowl…). You may then add a layer of the fruit of your choice and another layer of crackers over them.
Next layer is the pudding. Now do not judge me, but I use the good old powder stuff because it is quick and easy and I have not found a decent egg less pudding recipe as of yet. So go ahead and use whatever you have but use a chocolate flavour as it will have a nicer effect for your layers. Once you have completed the whipping of the powder stuff along with the milk requirement according to the package, spread over your crackers. Depending on the size of your pan, you might have a little leftover and that is fine, I’m sure someone in the house will get to it eventually. 🙂 Another layer of fruit goes on next along with the last layer of crackers.
Now you may whip up your final layer that includes the remaining whipping cream, vanilla extract and sugar. Layer it up and finish it off with another layer of fruit. Cover and place in fridge for at least 2 to 3 hours. This “could” last up to a week in your fridge but we all know it won’t…
Happy non-cooking! 🙂
Ingredients for 1 pan of 9×13
- 1 box of graham crackers
- 2 cups of whipping cream
- 1 package of chocolate pudding + milk according to package instruction
- 3 cups of berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or a mix)
- 1 tbsp of sugar + 1 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract