With Spring and Summer approaching, I like to plan on lighter (but still yummy) desserts for our family dinner hour--especially for Sunday dinner hour. I really think Sunday dinner does a lot toward setting the family dinner hour tradition. And because, generally speaking, no one has to rush off to a sport practice, dance lesson, or community meeting, the pace for the meal can be slower and the effort that goes into it can be more extensive, if you like. And in our family, Sunday dessert was a big deal.
My Aunt Annie was a master at paring just the right dessert with the right meal and the right season. I will admit up front though, many involved whipped cream (hey, we're Scandinavian--we've got a tradition to uphold), so from that aspect, they may not seem so light. Maybe it was the fluffiness of these desserts that caused me to think they were "light."
Well, whatever, they were fantastic and I think you ought to know about one of her desserts in particular. Thus below you'll find one of Aunt Annie's recipes for a quick and easy Sunday dessert. Do YOU have a favorite Sunday recipe you could share? We'd love your input--we're all in this together, remember. And until next time, here's to making Sunday dinner especially nice as we make family dinner hour possible!
ORANGE ANGEL FOOD DESSERT (makes 10 servings--but that's SO relative!)
Fresh citrus flavors and the light textured angel food cake combined with whipped cream topping will bring you applause and shouts of "Encore!" And it can be made the night before, thus making the actual dinner day a little simpler.
1 angel food cake, prepared
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
1/2 C cold water
1 C boiling water
2 C sugar
1 1/2 C orange juice
1/4 C lemon juice
1 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
1/2 C toasted almond slices for garnish
1/2 C toasted coconut for garnish
In large bowl, pour packets of gelatin over cold water. Stir to blend and add the boiling water. Add sugar, orange and lemon juices. Mix well. Refrigerate until things thicken (1 1/2 to 2 hrs). Beat the whipping cream until firm and add to gelatin mixture. Beat well until thoroughly combined. In 9x13 pan, tear angel food cake into pieces and distribute evenly over bottom of pan. Pour the creamy gelatin mixture over the cake pieces and garnish with nuts and coconut. Cover and refrigerate overnight, approximately 8 hrs. Cut into squares and serve.