Monday, January 12, 2009

Resourceful Recipes - Part 3, Stale Cake & Cookie Crumbs

Ideas for Using Up Stale Cake:
1) Crumble and use as a base in desserts as you would vanilla wafers or graham cracker crumbs.
2) Use it to make a trifle. (recipe follows)
3) Use it to make a rich and decadent bread pudding.
4) Cut it into small pieces and freeze them in an airtight container. Use as a mix-in when making homemade ice cream or just add to a softened store-bought vanilla ice cream.
5) Remember that you can put your stale cake crumbs into an air tight container or Ziploc bag and freeze for later use.

Recipe for Trifle:
2 (3 & 3/4 oz) packages of vanilla pudding (not instant)
About 3/4 of an angel food cake (or other white cake)
1 or 2 cups of fruit (can use leftovers)
2 cups whipping cream

Fix pudding according to the directions on the package. Allow to cool completely. Whip 1 cup of cream and fold into pudding. Layer in bowl (preferably clear glass bowl so you can see the layers). Tear half of cake into bite sized pieces. Put in bottom of bowl. Sprinkle with fruit juice to make the cake more moist. Spoon a layer of pudding over the cake. Put about 1 cup of fruit next. Repeat layers of cake, pudding and fruit. Top with another layer of pudding. Smooth and garnish with whipped cream. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Ideas for Using Leftover Cookie Crumbs:
1) Use as dessert crumb crusts, like you would graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
2) Crumble and use as dessert toppings.
3) Remember that you can put your stale cookie crumbs into an air tight container or Ziploc bag and freeze for later use.

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