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This recipe is another oldie but goodie, I think from an aunt who loved pistachios. Back in the day when Mom entertained frequently, this cake could be quickly put together from what were her pantry staples. The only trick is to use the largest Cool Whip you can find, both to ensure that the frosting isn’t grainy and to have enough for filling and topping. I’ve also served this cake for Easter because the color works so well for that occasion, too.
This recipe has been a family staple since my mom received it as a newlywed from her landlady and friend. It’s also versatile: my sister likes it best without the cherries, while my husband prefers it with mixed fresh fruit. The panel is inspired by my grandma, who never decorated for the holidays the same way twice, but whose favorite color was plaid!
When I was growing up, Mom always decorated for Christmas with deep royal blue ornaments, silver garland, brass horn ornaments and flocked greenery. So beautiful, Mom! I thought this dessert would be a fitting tribute to her glamorous decor. The recipe for the meringue base for the pavlova is from Sallysbakingaddiction.com.
With all the yummy desserts and baking in the cold season, I thought it might be nice to share my recipe for vanilla sauce. Vanilla sauce goes so beautifully with lots of desserts, and adds just the little extra ooomph, right? The combination of starch and yolks makes it foolproof and uncomplicated.
And as there always is a scraped out vanilla bean left behind, I decided to add the way I make all my vanilla sugar as well. Have fun baking and creating!