Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cherries in the Snow

Cherries in the Snow - Lula Heape

It's almost President's Day! Not exactly the holiday everyone puts on a party for, but my grandmother Lula still had traditions. Originally, the tradition of "Cherries in the Snow" grew out of George Washington's birthday specifically (with the legend of GW chopping down the cherry tree...I cannot tell a lie), but now we celebrate President's Day with it.

The recipe itself is really simple - three whopping ingredients, no cooking whatsoever...but it is a fantastic dessert any time of year. Plus, you really could change it up with other types of fruit filling, or by using sugarfree or homemade pie-filling, flavored angel food cake or even adding fresh fruit to the final mix and layer it like a trifel. It is also easy to alter into a low-fat or sugar free version!

Cherries in the Snow

1 Can cherry pie filling
1 Container Cool Whip (I use the low-fat)
1 Angel food cake (I use store bought from the bakery section)

To make this simple dessert, cube the angel food cake into 1" pieces and add to a large bowl. Mix in the cool whip and pie filling until the cake is fully coated; you can eat immediately, but for best results, chill for about 3 hours to let the flavors merge and blend into the cake. This allows it to become a new texture and truly transfoms the ingredients!

Mix well and let it chill!


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