2 packages cream cheese (I use regular cream cheese, but I suspect reduced fat will work fine), softened
1 can chunk pineapple in juice, drained
Prepared or home made graham cracker crust
4 pineapple rings for garnish
1 - Mix softened cream cheese and crushed pineapple until thoroughly combines.
2 - Spread into the prepared crust
3 - Arrange 4 pineapple rings on top
4 - Chill until serving
Strawberries (remove stems and centers)
Chocolate (I use very dark chocolate, at least 85% dark, which is a great compliment to the canolli cream)
1 - Use a pastry bag to fill the centers of the strawberries with canolli cream. set aside.
2 - Meanwhile, melt chocolate over a double boiler and cool.
3 - Dip bottoms of stuffed strawberries into the melted chocolate. Lay on wax or parchment paper and refrigerate to harden the chocolate.
4 - Try not to eat them all at once!
When peeling your hard boiled eggs, put the shells aside. Rinse carefully and allow to dry. Once dry, crush into small pieces and put them out on a plate along with glue, a paintbrush and some heavy paper. Have your child paint glue in the paper and glue the eggshell pieces to it to create a mosaic/collage picture ... or some cool abstract art!
So when Easter was looming this year, I wanted to try something different. We were I the grocery store last week and A saw a cannoli cream cake. I have heard the story about how he had been at a wedding years earlier where the cake had been filled with cannoli cream, and how it was the best cake EVER, so I figured i woudl give it a go.
This cake was more shortbread like in density and texture, which went well with the cannoli cream filling.
Ingredients for cake: (adapted from "The Cake Bible")
4 1/2 large egg white
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sour cream
2 1/4t vanilla
3 c flour
1T + 1t baking powder
12T butter, softened
1 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 - Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add butter and 3/4c milk, mixing until moistened set aside.
3 - Combine egg white, 1/4c milk, sour cream and vanilla in another bowl.
4 - Gradually add egg mixture to flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
5 - Bake 25-35 minutes. I baked in 2 Rising Sun Earthworks square baking dishes, then cut the cakes in half for 4 layers.
For cannoli cream filling/icing:
16 ounces ricotta (I use part skim)
8 ounces marscapone
1/2 c powdered sugar
dash of cinnamon (to taste)
Mix all ingredients except cinnamon in a mixing bowl on medium/medium high. Add cinnamon to taste.
Arrange bottom layer on cake plate; spread cannoli cream on top, leaving an empty border around the edges (so when you put the next layer on top the filling doesn't squeeze out the sides too much). Put on next layer and repeat. Repeat for all layers (mine has 4). use remaining cannoli cream to frost the top and sides of the cake; sprinkle top with more cinnamon.
Note: I was planning to coat the sides with either crushed cannoli shells or mini chocolate chips, but I didn't get around to it. I will next time!
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