Thursday, January 7, 2010
Blame it on the Meds
Thanks to the new migraine meds I have been fighting sleep since about 230 this afternoon, luckily there was plenty of soup in the fridge from last night.
Since I did not cook I will just share a favorite recipe with you all.
This was given to me by DH's Grandmother (I think she got it from a restaurant at some point). I've changed it a little bit, but I'll give you both versions with mine in parenthesis.
1 Cup Ritz crackers crushed, apx 1 sleeve (I like to use Pretzels instead)
1 Cup Pecans chopped
1/2 tsp Baking Powder (cream of Tartar)
1 Cup + 2 Tbs Sugar
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp Vanilla
beat egg whites, sugar, BP, and Vanilla to stiff peaks (this is IMPORTANT)
fold in crackers (pretzels) and pecans.
Bake 350f 30 min in a 13x9 pan (or any pan that is big enough for this to only be about 1/2 inch thick)
1 quart heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
Whip to med peaks (it will feel like it's taking forever and then all of a sudden it'll happen so watch carefully) and yes it's worth it to make your own whip cream that stuff in the tub in the frozen section isnt' worth the time or money.
2 pints strawberries sliced thin (I use my egg slicer thing for this; just cut the tops off first)
Gently fold the strawberries into the whipped cream and then top the cookie/cracker thing.
slice and enjoy (since I can never seem to get a slice out of the pan and it turns into a big pile of not pretty stuff on your plate I've come up with a solution. Scoop some of the cookie/cracker thing into a wine glass, and then fill the rest of the way with topping, garnish with a strawberry).
This is my favorite thing to take to dinners/events in the summer, it's easy enough I don't mind doing it in a double batch but impressive looking (and more importantly) tasting enough to be a crowd pleaser.