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Wishing you "Many Happy Stitches".

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Good Afternoon Everyone!!
I am going to share with you the recipe that Hollis
used to make her Dad's Father's Day Cake.
It is a Martha Stewart recipe (June issue),
but she adapted it and it was wonderful.
(This cakes needs to sit in the refrigerator overnight
or if you make it early in the day, it might be OK
by evening.  It softens after sitting and can be cut
as a cake.)
Instead of making the homemade cookies, Hollis
just used a roll of refrigerator cookies and baked as
directed on the package.  If she wasn't 9 months pregnant, 
she might have considered making scratch cookies,
 but that wasn't happening now.   
If you want the original recipe you will need to buy
the June issue of Martha Stewart, but here is what
Hollis did.
First of all she only did half the recipe and it will
easily make eight slices.  It is very rich, so a small
piece is just right.
2 cups heavy cream
4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
2 TBSP sugar
1 roll of cookie dough
Garnish - Chocolate shavings
Whisk together cream and cream cheese
in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form.  
Add sugar and whisk together until stiff
peaks form.  Refrigerate until ready to use or
 about 3 hours.
She used a small cake stand.  She covered the
bottom of the stand with a layer of cookies and
 poured on a cream layer.  Hollis made smaller and 
smaller layers, but Martha's recipe shows the 
cookies stacked evenly.  (Do not come out to 
 the edge with the cream.) She continued doing
layers of cookies and cream, until she used
up the cookies.  Make sure you reserve a
little cream, so you can put some on the
top.  Sprinkle on your chocolate shavings.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and store
in the refrigerator. 
Martha's recipe is more complicated and
certainly makes a much larger cake, but
this was just fine for us.
Hope you enjoy!!

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