Friday, May 31, 2013

No Bake Solution

This time of year I think we are all looking for more dessert options that don't involve our oven. The dreaded "I don't want to heat up the house" season is upon us, and I for one am looking forward to the challenge.

See, before I began this blog, I truly wasn't that much of a baker. I didn't enjoy, and tried to avoid it at all costs. But after getting more and more comfortable in the kitchen and using EMM has an outlet, I have become more of a seasoned baker, and my boys are very thankful for that. But there is still something inside of me that gets excited when I can find a no-bake alternative. They are so fun, so easy and perfect for the warm months. Sure, when it's the middle of October, the crisp autumn air moving in, it's comforting to pull a big pan of hot cobbler out of the oven. But when it's the middle of July, the sun is shining and eggs are being fried on the sidewalk, not so much.

This would be perfect for you next backyard barbecue or pool party. Cool and refreshing on a hot day, the flavors easily adaptable to fit your favorites. Not to mention, if your little ones are out of school for the next couple months (We have one more week, thank goodness!) this is a fun one to have them help with. Little hands could stir the pudding, put the blueberries on top...and of course taste test!

If you want to bake a pie when it's sweltering outside, my hat is off to you. But if you are like me and truly enjoy a no-bake sweet option this time of the year, this is just for you!

No Bake Blueberry Bliss Dessert
1 (10 oz.) store bought angel food cake "loaf"
1 (21 oz.) can blueberry pie filling
1 (3.4 oz.) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 3/4 c. milk
1 (12 oz.) tub Cool Whip
1/2 c. fresh blueberries

In a medium bowl combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk for 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 5-7 minutes until "soft set". Slice angel food cake in 1/2 inch slices. In a 8 x 11 baking dish, layer angel food cake slices (You might have to cut them to make them fit. Mine took 6 regular slices, 1 cut in half and 1 cut into thirds.) Pour half the pudding over angel food cake and spread evenly. Layer with half the pie filling and spread. Repeat layers once more, ending with pie filling. Top with Cool Whip. Spread evenly using a soft spatula. To form "peaks" like mine, lightly tap Cool Whip with flat side of spatula and lift up quickly. Sprinkle with fresh berries. Chill at least an hour before serving.


Shared on The Country Cook May 31, 2013
Shared on Make Ahead Meals June 3, 2013
Shared on Mandy's Recipe Box June 4, 2013
Blueberries at Very Good Recipes
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1 comment:

Marsha Baker said...

Oh how I would love a huge serving of this right NOW! Looks wonderful...and so easy too. MMM good! An awesome summertime treat for sure. Thank you so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.