Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Let's get Dirty

Hey folks!  I just wanted to let you know that I came up with great recipe that's quick and easy, not to mention crazy delicious!!  Preparation time is minimal with maximum reward.
Dirtcake is a popular southern favorite especially during the warm and hot spring and summer months. Ironically enough, there is no dirt involved and it's not even a cake.  Nevertheless, my take on this 'cake' involves fresh, delicious and sweet cherries.  The presentation is worth the patience and the taste speaks for itself.  This recipe is great for making friends and family feel like you've taken a class or two in culinary arts and that you have quite the flair for desserts and entertaining!!  The serving bowl really makes all the difference, so consider it thoughtfully for the ultimate visual appeal.   Most importantly, have fun with it.  The kids can even pitch in on some of the prep work, and you can gain some cool points in the cooking with your kids arena!!  Have at it and have fun.  I hope to hear back from you !!
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Decadent Cherry Chocolate Dirtcake
1 16 oz.  pkg. chocolate sandwich cookies 
2 8 oz. containers whipped topping, or 1 16 oz. container divided
1 box. instant vanilla pudding
2 c. cold milk
1/2 lb. fresh cherries, halved and de-seeded

In a food processor or large resealable bag, crush cookies until they resemble the texture of  fine garden soil.  Reserve about 5 cookies to line bottom of vessel for embellishment.
In a medium bowl combine vanilla pudding and milk and beat until smooth.  Fold in 8 oz. whipped topping until well blended and light.
Starting in bottom of serving bowl, arrange whole cookies so that they will be visible  outwardly
when finished. 
Next, line some cherries along tops of whole cookies creating a layer of red against bowl, flat side facing out.
Sprinkle about 2 oz. of the 'dirt' into bottom of dish, filling in any gaps between cookies.
Carefully pour pudding and whipped topping mix into vessel, smoothing evenly across.
Pour cookie dirt atop pudding, carefully smoothing out evenly, reserving about 1/4 c. for garnishment.
Arrange another row of cherries along border of cookie dirt barely pressing into place for a nice outward appearance.
Stir second container of whipped topping and smooth over cookie dirt.  This works best if you start with a large mound in the middle and using a rubber spatula, pushing the topping from the center outward and evenly.
Garnish with reserved cookie dirt and cherries as desired.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours to allow time for settling and softening of cookies on bottom.
Serves plenty!! Enjoy!!

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