RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM OUR CULINARY INSTRUCTOR GAIL BLAKELY – A PLAYFUL AND DELICIOUS DESSERT!
This past week we celebrated the birthday of a very talented and kind gentleman, our own Landscape Director, George Chapman. What could be more fitting than a Dirt Cake, complete with worms and a shovel? The recipe is an old one, and rather retro at that.
It can be made in a trifle dish or in a 9 by 13-inch pan, whichever you choose. It could be put into small (clean) flowerpots—it serves about 10. You could also use Golden Oreos and lemon pudding for a lighter twist, or coffee pudding and chocolate Oreos for a mocha flavored dessert. Pistachio pudding might be good here as well—just don’t forget the gummy worms!
- 28 Oreo cookies
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 4 tbsp butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3 1/3 cups cold whole milk
- 2 pkges instant French vanilla pudding mix
- 8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 2 to 3 pkges gummy worms, assorted colors
- In a food processor or blender, process the cookies until finely crushed; set aside 2 tablespoons of crumbs for topping.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar.
- In another bowl, whisk the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; add this to cream cheese mixture and mix well. Fold in whipped topping.
- Place half of the cookie crumbs in 2-1/2-qt. container or bowl; top with half of the pudding mixture.
- Repeat layers, sprinkling in the gummy worms as you go.
- Sprinkle with reserved crumbs and arrange a few more worms on top.
- Refrigerate until serving.
Golden Oreos and lemon pudding for a lighter twist, or coffee pudding and chocolate Oreos for a mocha flavored dessert.
Pistachio pudding might be good here as well—just don’t forget the gummy worms!