Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Fourth of July Salad

First off I have no clue as to why this is called a salad, but it is  a Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Now moving on. This "salad" is one off my mothers favorite treats. It is both sweet and salty, and it includes Jello. Unfortunately for me, and fortunate for her (The Jello part if you do not follow).I HATE Jello. Therefore, while everyone else got seconds and raved about it, I had one piece and was not tempted to get another. To everyone else it was delicious though! I must say the cream cheese filling and crust were fantastic! If you're wondering why I made this on il quatro di luglio it is because it's red, white, and...well brown. Whatever!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

There were some modifications to cut calories such as:
1/3 less fat cream cheese
sugar free jello
fat free pretzels

Also I cooked the crust at 350 for ten minutes.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Non-Toxic French Silk Pie

So a few days ago it was my best friend's birthday. She fears raw eggs but loves french silk pie. She wanted such a pie for her birthday treat, thus started the search for raw egg free french silk pie. To cook the eggs I ended up combining the sugar and eggs over medium heat until they reached 160 degrees. You're probably thinking "Wouldn't that make sugary scrambled eggs?" and that was my worry to. But thank god, by stirring continuously I didn't get nasty, sweet fried egg embryos. (My friend would not have liked that more than she dislikes raw eggs...actually she hates eggs in general...) Later I made whipped cream and watched a video to learn how. It is an hilarious video if you accidentally turn the captions on and think that is what he is actually saying. In the end I sprinkled the pie with two crushed sticks of giant Pocky, and my friend did enjoy her pie. We ate it for breakfast the morning after our sleepover. It was pretty darn tasty!

Pie recipe/video This guy goes into way too much detail, but it is still helpful. Oh, and I used a grahm cracker crust instead.
Watch this with captions and realize why I was so confused while making my whipped cream. P.S. What does Somalia and polly cookies have to do with whipped cream?!?