Friday, April 02, 2010

Easter Family Dessert Time

This is Citrus Shortcake from the Easter Family Dessert Time menu from the 1960's Complete Holiday Cookbook. There is also a menu for Festive Easter Dinner, Cold Easter Supper, Dressed Up Easter Monday Supper. Easter Egg Hunt Refreshment and Easter Sunday Dinner. Everyone have all those planned? Help.

Speaking of Help - I did a presentation on Southern Vintage Treats at the delightful Clarendon Hills PL last night based on their Big Read of The Help. It was lots of fun - people were really delighted that I had Moon Pies. More people up North here should know about those!

Citrus Shortcake:
1 package white cake mix
1 tablespoon orange rind
7 or 8 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup sliced maraschino cherries
1 tsp. sugar
2 cups heavy cream, whipped
Prepare cake batter as directed; fold in orange rind.  Pour batter equally into two 9-inch round layer pans.  Bake according to package directions.  Section oranges into bowl, saving all juice.  Add coconut and cherries; sprinkle with sugar.  Place 1 cake layer on serving plate.  Drain juice from orange mixture over cake layer.  Spread half the whipped cream over cake layer.  Spoon on enough fruit to cover, about 1 cup.  Top with second layer.  Spread with cream; spoon remaining fruit over top.  Let stand in refrigerator about 1 hour before serving.

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