Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Try it Tuesday: Easter desserts edition



With Easter being just around the corner, we present an Easter dessert edition of Try it Tuesday.

My family has an Easter party the week before Easter (coined: Palm *Saturday*) and this year I was appointed with bringing a fruit platter and a dessert. Normally I would get a premade fruit bowl and some munchkins and call it a day. Since I procrastinated, I was thisclose to doing just that but forced myself to a) look for something easy cute enough and b) work up the mental and physical energy to go to the store to get ingredients for these incredible, ridiculous, over-the-top pinteresty desserts.

I settled on a bunny fruit platter and layered peeps rice krispie treats (obviously). My main criteria for this was amount of ingredients (low) and ease (high). Both of these 'recipes' seemed to fit so off I went to the store.

Before I get into the preparations, I would just like to say who the F thought to make a platter. Of fruit. In the shape of a bunny head. What. The. F!!!? Honestly, trying to figure out what I'm going to make for dinner is challenging enough let alone creating an f-ing bunny face out of fruit. Luckily someone in this world did this for me, took pictures and posted exactly what I needed to do to have a similar outcome.

Layered Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

These are the exact ingredients I used for making these:
  • 5 packages of Peeps (approx 10 oz size and a mix of bunny and chick shapes)
  • 5 x 1.5 cups of Rice Krispies
  • Butter (I actually used Smart Balance)
  • Non-stick spray (again, I used Smart Balance)

Equipment needed:
  • Loaf pan
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

Directions:

  1. Dump one package of Peeps in a bowl and add a tablespoon of butter
  2. Microwave for 45 seconds
  3. Stir and add 1.5 cups of rice krispie treats until coated
  4. Pour mix in a liberally sprayed loaf pan and push down firmly with sprayed fingertips (*make sure you spray with nonstick spray so the marshmallow mixture doesn't get stuck to your hands!*
  5. Rinse bowl and dry
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each color/layer
  7. Let cool and cut
  8. Eat and marvel in the fact that you just created a colorful, Eastery dessert that only took 15 minutes to make

<clockwise from top L> stirred peeps after 45 sec in the microwave, pink peeps fresh out of the microwave, yellow peeps after 45 seconds in the microwave, a few packages of the peeps used
<clockwise from top L> one layer of the treats, cut treats, cross section of the loaf of layered treats, treats popped out of loaf pan


Bunny fruit platter

Fruit used:

  • 12 oz blueberries (the original "recipe" called for 18 oz but I found 12 oz to be more than enough)
  • 6 oz rasperries (minus an oz or 2 that Nolan "tested" while putting together the platter)
  • 10 oz. strawberries
  • 3 kiwis
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 slice of cheese (or 1 string cheese) for whiskers


Equipment needed:


  • Platter (or in my case a cookie sheet)
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Plate, platter or something else to hold cut fruit
Directions:


  1. Go to http://www.worthpinning.com/2014/04/bunny-head-fresh-fruit-platter.html and follow the directions there and reference their pictures. I'm the furthest thing from an artist but actually managed to make something somewhat resembling an F-ing bunny face
  2. Bring it out on Easter and watch people think you're some sort of fruit Picasso
All the fruit that I bought to make the platter


Cut fruit




half finished platter
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Finished platter


Some tips


  • Only buy 12 oz of blueberries, especially if you don't have many guests or if you want to keep the cost down. You could actually get away with 6 oz if you really wanted to.
  • Raspberries are not necessary so again if you want to omit them, the finished product would look very similar
  • Make sure you cut the pineapple into small cubes. This is a pain but makes molding the cheeks easier.
  • Don't wash the fruit until the day you make the platter (which hopefully is also the same day you serve it) to avoid mold.


F-ing Verdict:
F-yeah to both! Very easy to make both, not much mess to clean up and not many ingredients. Win, win and win!
















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