By Ruth Topper
In the summer, picnics are popular and often are of the “potluck” variety where everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. Desserts are my specialty so that’s usually what I whip up. Below are the recipes for two of my family’s favorite summer desserts–enjoy!
E-Clair Dessert – Whether you are 2 or 92 – you will love this one:
Spray a 13 x 9 pan. Line it with graham crackers.
Mix in one bowl: 1 box chocolate instant pudding with 1 ¾ cup milk. Beat 2 minutes.
Mix in another bowl: 1 box vanilla instant pudding with 1 ¾ cup milk. Beat 2 minutes.
Divide an 8 oz. container of whipped topping (Cool Whip) in half. Add ½ (or 4 oz.) to the chocolate pudding mixture. Add the other ½ (or 4 oz.) to the vanilla pudding mixture.
Pour the chocolate pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Add another layer of graham crackers. Pour vanilla pudding mixture over this layer of graham crackers. Add a third layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Finish with the following:
Melt 2 – 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares or use 6 tablespoons of cocoa + 2 tablespoons of oil instead of the squares. (No need to heat if using cocoa/oil).
Add to it: 2 teaspoons white Karo syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons margarine
3 tablespoons milk
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
Beat until smooth. Spread over graham crackers. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Enjoy!!!! Yum!!
This is a recipe my mom used to make all the time in the summer for picnics and special occasions:
Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup corn (Karo) syrup – Cook over moderate heat until it bubbles or you can heat in the microwave. Remove from heat and stir in:
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rice krispie cereal
Stir until blended and press into a buttered 13 x 9 pan.
Combine 6-9 oz. butterscotch bits and 6-9 oz. chocolate chips – Melt either in the microwave or on top of the stove. Spread over the rice krispie layer.
Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite recipe you make in the summer to take to picnics or family reunions? Do you have any special memories of this recipe/dish? We’d love to hear about it!