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Raspberry Swiss Roll Layer Cake (No Bake!}

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had an amazing dinner with friends.  It was a gorgeous home cooked meal, with all of the fixings, great wine and even better company.  When dessert rolled around, my girlfriend brought out a simple trifle, layered with raspberry swiss rolls, fresh berries and pudding.  She kind of apologized for its simplicity and stated it was one of her husbands favourites.  It was so good!  Very simple, but light tasting, fresh and so moist.   I enjoyed it so much, and couldn’t quite put a finger on why it was such a familiar, and happy, taste to me.

Swiss Roll Cake via SweetRevelations

Driving home from errands a few days later it dawned on me.  It was the swiss rolls!   It was that spongy cake and sweet raspberry center that brought a flood of memories back.   I remember staying at my grandmothers, my Mémé’s, as a teenager.  My Pépé had passed, and I was staying with her to keep her company.  We discovered at that time, that we both had the terrible habit of waking in the night to eat something sweet.   I’m not sure that it’s hereditary, but what a coincidence to discover that we both would end up in the kitchen in the night to nibble on something sweet with a glass of tea or milk.   I remember our surprise, “you do this too?!” and our pleasure at sharing this naughty habit (something it took me years to break).   I can still hear her, as she giggled about it.  At Mémé’s, when I was there, the midnight offering was a slice or two of raspberry swiss rolls.  She always put the slices on little saucers, and often, we would snack without much talking, and then both of us would head straight back to bed.

It’s funny how some foods can trigger such amazing memories and feelings sometimes.  Just thinking about those sleepovers made me feel so happy and nostalgic for the time she was here.  My grandmother was a tiny woman, with a gigantic heart, who was immensely proud of her family.  When I was newly married, she moved back to her home town to live in a retirement home, over 2000 kilometers away.  I mourned her absence and visited and wrote to her often.  I was lucky enough to fly down and sit with her, many years later, as she drew her very last breath.  She was probably one of the most influential women in my life, and still is very much with me in spirit today, especially as I have recently become a Mémé myself.

Swiss Roll Layer Cake via SweetRevelations

Just a few days ago I decided to track down those swiss rolls and use them to make a simple and fresh dessert of my own.  I layered slices of them in a springform pan with vanilla pudding.  The cake was left in the fridge overnight, and just before serving I piled it high with whipped topping and fresh berries.   I was so pleased with the results.  It was super moist, slightly sweet from the swiss rolls and bursting with fresh fruit.  Kind of like trifle, but in cake form.  It was an ideal make ahead dessert too, and something easily prepped the night before.  The hardest part of the dessert was finding the swiss rolls.  Having never purchased them myself, I finally found them in the bakery department of my local grocery store.  And oh boy was I excited about those rolls!  I bought every package they had on the shelf!

I’m completely okay with using instant pudding and store-bought layers for this cake.  There’s a time for beautiful, scratch made layer cakes and there’s a time for easy, family style desserts with memories and stories behind them.  Even though Mémé never made this cake, it’s my twist on one of her favourite treats and it certainly reminds me of the love of sweets we shared.  Who knew a no bake layer cake could be so easy and so tasty!

Swiss Roll Cake via SweetRevelations

Have you got a food, smell or taste that triggers happy memories for you?  I would love to hear about it!

Happy baking friends,

Renee

xo

 

Raspberry Swiss Roll Layer Cake {No Bake}

  • 2 400 gram packages of Raspberry Swiss Roll, sliced in 1″ pieces
  • 3 packages of instant vanilla pudding
  • 5 cups of half and half cream
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • fresh fruit for garnish

 

  1. Line an 8″ or 9″ springform pan with parchment, as best you can, by cutting a circle for the bottom and a long rectangle for the side.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the pudding mixes and half and half cream, for about 2 minutes, set aside.
  2. Layer the slices of Swiss Roll in the bottom of the pan, being sure to tuck pieces close together for a snug fit.  Spread 1 1/2 cups of pudding on top of the layer.  Repeat two more times.  Add a final layer of Swiss Roll on top ( I sliced the top layer about 1/2″ only).  Refrigerate overnight.   Keep any unused pudding for serving.
  3. Before serving, carefully remove from the springform pan and set the cake on a platter.  Use a spatula to spread any remaining pudding on the sides.  Top with whipped topping and fresh fruit.  The cake will keep, covered, for a few days in the refrigerator.

 

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Snickers Trifle Bowl {5 Minutes!}

This is probably the most epic 5 minute dessert I’ve ever made.

SweetRevelations Snickers Trifle Bowl

I always keep extra layers of cake in the freezer.  Always.  And this is one of those times that it has paid off.  Deliciously.  Epically. Decadently.  Honestly, the most stunning 5 Minute Trifle, that literally only took 5 minutes to prepare.

Listen baking friends, I think we’re on to something pretty amazing here.

SweetRevelations Snickers Trifle Bowl

I love trifle just as much as the next guy, but I’m rethinking the whole layering into one large trifle bowl thing.  I mean, once scooped out, they’ve lost all presentation appeal.  Am I right?  So I think we might have solved that problem, just in time for your next get together, since trifle is so easy to whip up and is the perfect make ahead dessert.  Why not just assemble in some pretty dessert bowls and leave them chilled until you’re ready to serve them?

oh yes, friends, and did I mention that these only take 5 minutes to prepare?  You are most welcome.

Happy week-end everyone!

Renee

xo

 

Snickers Trifle Bowl {5 Minutes!}

*yield 5 dessert bowls

  • 2 pkgs instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 cups of evaporated milk (regular milk works too)
  • 1 chocolate cake layer, or store-bought chocolate pound cake, cut into cubes
  • 2 Snickers Bars, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • whipped topping for garnish
  1. Whip the two packages of instant pudding with the evaporated milk for 2 minutes.  Divide among 5 dessert bowls.  Top with cubes of chocolate cake, slices of Snickers Bars, chopped peanuts and a dollop of whipped topping.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes:

  1. Easily change up the trifle flavours.  Switch out for your favourite pudding, chocolate and cake flavours.  Use fruit as a garnish too.
  2. Did you know that you can substitute evaporated milk for regular milk in instant pudding?  It mixes up into a very creamy pudding.

 

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Custard {with Brownie Croutons}

I am a complete sucker for fall recipes.  I spend most week-ends in the fall baking.  Breads and pies, cakes and cookies.   I’m sort of ridiculous about it.   Possibly slightly obsessed.

pumpkincustard

Pumpkin is right up there at the top.  My most favoured fall ingredient.  I’ve already shared with you that my mom makes the best pumpkin pie ever.   EVER.  And when I was in the bake shop, I baked a lot of these Brown Butter Pumpkin Cakes.  So moist.  So good.

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Most recently, I’ve been consumed with Pumpkin Custard and pudding recipes.   Which tastes exactly like pumpkin pie without the crust.   It’s literally five ingredients.   Topped off with some  whipped cream and the most delectable dark chocolate little brownie croutons ever.

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It feels sort of criminal to toast off brownie pieces until they’re in crouton form.  My family thought I was losing my grip on reality when I was putting the brownie pieces in the oven.  Until we took that first crunchie bite and realized there’s no need to feel conflicted!  They taste amazing and offer some rich chocolatey contrast to the smooth pudding.

So good and SO easy!

What’s your favourite fall dessert?

Pumpkin Custard

* taken from Blue Apron Blog
1 3/4 c pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 1/2 c heavy cream (reserve 1/2 cup for whipped cream)
1 c light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Chinese Five-Spice

Pre-heat the oven to 300°F.

1.  In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients (except the reserved cream) and whisk until smooth.

2.  Divide the batter between four jars or ramekins.    Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake for 35 minutes, or until the middle is just set.  Serve slightly warm or let them cool and refrigerate until needed.  This is a great make ahead dessert!

3.   Whip the remaining whipped cream until soft peaks form and top the custards just before serving.  Garnish with croutons if desired.

 

Brownie Croutons

1.  Very little brownie is needed to make the croutons.  I used a brownie square, approximately 3″ x 3″ and cut it into small cubes.  Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes at 275° , until toasted.   yum!

 

 

 

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Oven Baked Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Last week I made some Pumpkin Cupcakes for my dad’s retirement (remember these?) and I had a wee bit of pumpkin left over.   I decided to try some of mom’s Old Fashioned Rice Pudding with a little twist.

Imagine, warm gooey Pumpkin Rice Pudding full of pumpkin pie flavour garnished with toasted pecans and pure maple syrup.  Pumpkin pie without the crust.  Oh- my- goodness…perfect on a breezy, rainy day.  And I know I’ve said it before but this stuff is the ultimate comfort food for me.

I decided to have a little spoonful while it was cooling on the counter, but found myself frantically eating large spoonfuls like someone was sure to take the bowl away from me at any minute!   Honestly, if you like pumpkin pie, this stuff is that good!

What is your ultimate comfort food?

Pumpkin Rice Pudding with Toasted Pecans and Maple Syrup

*adapted from moms recipe

Pre-heat oven to 325°

Combine in a 1 1/2-quart buttered casserole:

1/2 cup uncooked regular rice

3 cups whole milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp pure vanilla

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of ginger

1. Stir all ingredients, except raisins, in a buttered 1 1/2 qrt casserole dish (until sugar is dissolved).  Bake for one hour stirring every 20 minutes.  At the end of the hour add 3/4 cup (less if you prefer) raisins and bake for another 20 minutes.

Garnish with toasted pecan pieces and drizzle with pure maple syrup.  Serve warm or cold.

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Gluten-Free Lemon, Lime and Quinoa Pudding Cakes

I am so grateful for all of the e-mails and feedback that I receive.  It lets me know that people are interested!  I have received quite a few requests for gluten-free and dairy free recipes.  This one is very simple and perfect for dinner on the patio.  The texture is very light, much like a mousse.  It’s a bit tart and very refreshing.  Serve warm or cold.

Enjoy,

Lemon, Lime and Quinoa Pudding Cakes

*from Canelle et Vanille

Preheat oven to 325° and grease 5 5oz ramekins

2 egg yolks
6 oz whole milk
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup quinoa flour
pinch kosher salt
2 egg whites

In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks, milk, lemon zest, lime zest, lemon juice and
lime juice.

In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, salt and quinoa flour.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk.

Whip the egg whites until medium peaks form.   Fold a third of the egg whites into the batter. Add the rest
and fold gently.

Pour the batter into the greased ramekins.  Place the ramekins in a deep baking pan and pour hot water into the baking dish- enough to cover the ramekins half way. Bake for about 30 minutes until set.

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Ultimate Comfort Foods

Today is a comfort food kind of day.  It’s been raining off and on since…forever…and it’s cold and very windy out.  One of my sons woke up with the sniffles this morning- I’m betting from too many football practises in the rain.  What better way to warm up the house than to turn the oven on?   Everyone has their own preference for comfort food and for me it’s a no brainer.  Moms Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding and her Ginger Cookies.  I’m sure these cookies are the reason for my love of baking because I can vividly remember rolling these as a little girl.  With a hot cup of steeped tea they can brighten even the darkest day.  I have added my own twist to moms recipe with some crystallized ginger.  The rice pudding warm out of the oven drizzled with a tiny bit of cream is “the best” as my kids say.  And, both sweets make an excellent snack for lunches too.  Enjoy,

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

* moms recipe

Pre-heat oven to 325°

Combine in a 1-quart buttered casserole:

1/2 cup uncooked regular rice (I always use Italian)

3 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp pure vanilla

sprinkle of nutmeg

1. Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Bake for one hour stirring every 20 minutes.  At the end of the hour add 3/4 cup (less if you prefer) raisins and bake for another 20 minutes.

Serve warm with a drizzle of cream.

Ginger Cookies

Pre-heat oven to 325°

In a small bowl sift together:

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp salt

In stand mixer with paddle attachment cream together (until light and fluffy):

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1/4 cup molasses

1. Slowly add dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger.   Shape into 1″ balls and roll in sugar (no need to flatten).

2. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 2″ apart.  Bake for 14 minutes (exactly!).  Cookies will still be soft when they come out of the oven.  Leave cookies on pan for 2 minutes then move them to a cooling rack.

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