Monday, March 25, 2013

Springy dessert to make...

 Thinking about spring...and wanted the taste of summer (strawberries!)


Strawberry Sigh Layered Dessert

I love layered desserts. They always look so pretty.
It is kind-of similar to another of my favorites, our Pineapple Dream Dessert, but different enough that it warrants its' own blog.
I named it "Strawberry Sigh" because you can't help but let out a dreamy *siiiiiiiiiiiiigh* after you taste it. I ate soooooo much of this the other day I thought I was going to explode. It's probably best you don't make this unless you have some guests to share it with. Just warning you.

Strawberry Sigh

1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, melted

First Layer
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup icing sugar
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed

Second Layer
1 pkg (6 oz) Strawberry Jello mix
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups frozen strawberries (chopped)

2 cups whipping cream
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9 x 13 pan lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
Crust - Combine pecans, flour, and melted butter in a medium bowl until well mixed. Press firmly into prepared 9 X 13 pan. (If you have trouble with the crust sticking to your hands as you press it down - keep dipping your fingers in a bowl of water and that should help.)

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
1st Layer - In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and icing sugar. Stir in the 2 cups of Cool Whip. Carefully spread over cooled crust. (It helps to drop it by the spoonful over the crust and then gently spread it together.)

2nd Layer - Whisk together strawberry Jello and boiling water until Jello has dissolved. Stir in frozen, chopped strawberries. Let Jello thicken slightly in fridge and then pour over cream cheese layer.

Topping - Whip cream, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Spread over Jello layer.

Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. (I covered mine and chilled it over overnight as our dinner party wasn't until the next day.)

You can try and just eat a small piece but.....good luck with that.
This is a nice, light dessert to follow a heavy meal. know....for breakfast....
It has strawberries...strawberries are fruit....
You are supposed to eat fruit for breakfast...

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