Friday, February 26, 2010

Coconut Pecan Torte - and A Lovelier You!

I forgot - there was one more recipe I wanted to share from the Sweet Moment Desserts pamphlet cookbook: Coconut Pecan Torte. It looks good (right hand side, yellow square thing), though I think the caption is a bit optimistic:

An elegant dessert layers of ladyfingers and extra rich pudding.


1 package Jell-O Vanilla or Coconut Cream Pudding and Pie Filling

1 1/2 cups milk

24 ladyfingers, split (think they have these at Target?)

1/4 cup orange juice

2/3 cup softened butter

2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

1/8 tsp. almond extract

1/2 cup very finely chopped pecans

2 cups Baker's Fine-grated coconut, toasted

Prepared Dream Whip Topping

Prepare Jell-O pudding as directed on package, using only 1 1/2 cups milk. Remove from heat. Cover surface with wax paper and cool. Line an 8-inch square dish or pan with several layers of wax paper, allowing paper to extend as 2-inch tabs above edge of dish. Line bottom and sides of dish with some ladyfingers. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons orange juice.

Cream butter until light and fluffy. Alternately add sugar and pudding; then add almond extract, pecans, and coconut. Spread about 1/3 of mixture on ladyfingers. Arrange half of remaining ladyfingers on mixture. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon orange juice. Top with another layer of pudding mixture. Add remaining ladyfingers, orange juice, and pudding mixture in that order. Chill thoroughly, at least 4 hours. Grasp paper tabs to remove from dish. Lift onto serving platter; slide wax paper from underneath. Garnish with prepared Dream Whip, if desired. Makes 12 large or 18 small servings. (That's funny.)

In this cookbook were a couple yellowed newspaper clippings on hair care. Here's one for

A Lovelier You

Shampoo once a week if the scalp is dry, twice weekly if it is oily. There is wisdom, too, in using an antibacterial, non-alkaline shampoo - one with the pH factor which acts to normalize the scalp's protective acid mantle, and with three percent hexachlorophene to control bacteria.

Um, why not just wash it every day? Maybe it's just me, but that seems easier than hexacholorwhatever. I think this dessert would make A Happier You, though.

I read Rachel Ward's teen thriller Numbers. WOW. Heroine sees the date people are going to die when she looks at them. Fantastic.


Michelle said...

Here is a picture of ladyfingers. They are prevalent in Italian markets, but they can also be ordered online.

This recipe looks delicious! I love coconut anything. :) Thanks for sharing!


Latter-Day Flapper said...

How old is this recipe? According to Wikipedia, hexachlorophene can be pretty toxic. I assume that the point of using an anti-bacterial on one's hair was to control dandruff. (Listerine was once marketed as an anti-dandruff application, too; it was developed originally as a surgical antiseptic cleanser.)

Shampoos used to be basically liquid soap, and were quite alkaline, which is why one sometimes sees advice about vinegar [acetic acid] rinses. They were intended to counter the alkalinity and remove the resulting soap build-up from hair. Modern shampoos don't really have this problem, so you don't need to knock yourself out looking for non-alkaline shampoos with hexachlorophene. You just get some Head & Shoulders.

As far as daily washing: Can make dry scalps dryer and oily scalps, ironically, oilier, and a dandruff problem worse. So, really, this is pretty good advice, it's just a lot more complex than we need now.

Janice said...

lady fingers or boudoir biscuits are not problem for me to source. I would use them in trifles or other desserts. But I would never use a packet pudding, a packet jelly (jello) yes, but somehow basic cornflour custard is such a simple thing to make that a packet mix seems surplus to requirements!