Thursday, September 8, 2016

         Farm fresh milk, eggs and homemade butter.

Hillbilly Cake

     I took this to my most recent family reunion (Aug 27, 2016) and the family loved it. I didn't bring any home. It is a delicious dessert and I've made it often in the long ago past. I originally got it from a church cook book from the Nazarene Church in Pataskala that I used to attend. One of my friends had put this recipe in the book and she had also made it to bring to a couple of pot lucks at the church.
     It can be expensive to make as the angel food cakes sold in the bakeries at the store are not as big as they used to be and they are expensive. You could make a boxed angel food cake from the baking aisle, or you could make your own homemade angel food cake with farm fresh egg whites.
     I am going to post this recipe as it was written. I will give more healthier choices below. I will also post a recipe for making your own strawberry glaze below.
     This is delicious and easy to make. Enjoy!

Hillbilly Cake

1- Angle Food Cake, 16 ounces*
1-Large Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (6 3/4 oz size)*
1-Quart strawberries, hulled and sliced*
1-Pkg strawberry glaze*
1-12 oz container Cool Whip, thawed*

Break up cake into bite-sized pieces and layer in a 13" x 9" pan.
Make pudding mix according to directions on box.
Pour evenly over cake in pan and allow to set up for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash, hull, and slice the strawberries into bite-sized pieces.
Combine strawberry glaze and strawberries and pour evenly over pudding mix.
Spread Cool Whip evenly over glaze.
Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.
Cover and chill any leftovers.

*Most angel food cakes today are not a full sized cake. If you make your own, you may have to put in a larger pan such as 15" x 10" pan.
*You can make your own angel food cake using Betty Crocker recipe online or in cookbooks.
*You can make a simple vanilla pudding with recipe on any cornstarch box (try to use organic cornstarch)
*I used organic strawberries.
*Glaze can be made with more strawberries, recipe follows.
*Homemade whipping cream with added unflavored gelatin will hold up and is a better option.

Strawberry Glaze Recipe

4 cups ripe strawberries (organic is preferable).
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water
1 Tablespoon real butter
2 teaspoons real lemon juice (ream from fresh lemons)

Crush enough strawberries to make 1 cup pulp.
Place pulp in medium sized sauce pan, add sugar and cornstarch mixture.
Stir and cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 2 minutes. Glaze should be clear.
Remove pan from heat; add butter and lemon juice.
Cool to room temperature.