Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year, our playgroup has a potluck Thanksgiving Feast for lunch on the Monday before Thanksgiving.  Each family signs up to bring one traditional Thanksgiving item, but with a kid-friendly twist.  So instead of turkey with gravy, we might have turkey roll-ups.  Instead of mashed potatoes, we have tater tots.  


This year, I signed up for cranberries.  Each year I've chosen a different item to force myself not to make the same thing I've done before.  I didn't want to do something that anyone else had done before either, so I Googled "cranberry treat."  All I got was about a thousand articles about using cranberry juice to treat urinary tract infections. 

I had much more success with "cranberry dessert."  One caught my eye immediately: Frozen Cranberry Treat.  It sounded delicious, kid-friendly, and definitely something we'd never had at our Feast.  Other than needing to be frozen overnight, it was quick and easy.  Can't beat that!

I cut a sample slice to photograph before racing off to the Feast.  Other than the obvious marks from the serrated knife I used (lesson learned), isn't it gorgeous?  And it tastes even better than it looks.


Here is the recipe as I made it, followed almost exactly from Cooking from Scratch.  (Which, by the way, is an awesome blog.  So glad I found it!)

                                           Frozen Cranberry Treat

                           4 oz cream cheese                          1 c. heavy whipping cream
                          16 oz whole cranberry sauce            1/3 c. powdered sugar
                           8 oz crushed pineapple, drained      1 tsp. vanilla

Let the cream cheese sit until room temperature.  Beat for one minute until smooth and light.  Stir in cranberry sauce and pineapple.  In a separate bowl, combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.  Whip until it forms soft peaks.  Fold into the cranberry mixture.

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap and pour the mixture in.  Smooth the top and cover with another piece of plastic wrap.  Freeze overnight.  Unmold and cut into slices.  Serve immediately.

3 comments:

  1. Cuteeeeee photo of Trevor and that treat sounds and LOOKS YUMMY! Happy Thanksgiving!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

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  2. So glad you found it too, it was yummy!!

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