Monday, June 21, 2010

Non Dairy-Assult Moon Cake (Not To Be Confused With Non-Dairy Assault Moon Cake, which has no dairy in it and may cause broken glass.)

In case you didn't read my post from yesterday, where a near disaster involving whipped cream, a mixing bowl, and my wall, was barely averted, click here.

If you did read it and would like the recipe, the REAL recipe (not the one that caused the baking crisis that forced me to break the 4th commandment), here it is. I promise it's delicious! Just let me give you a piece of advice: Buy INSTANT pudding. Oh, and get the right size. Also make it WAY ahead of time, just in case. That's a lot of advice. But trust me, follow it!

Moon Cake (Also known as Eclair Cake. But not the same as lots of people's Eclair Cake online, I found out when looking for this recipe. Also not the same as Chinese Moon Cake, which looks good but is nothing like this.) (I'm starting to realize this dessert really needs its own name. I think I'll rename it now: 4th Commandment Cake. How's that?)

4th Commandment Cake

• 1 cup water
• 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
• 1 cup flour
• 4 eggs
• 3 3.4oz packages vanilla INSTANT pudding
• 3½ cups milk
• 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened extensively
• 8 oz. Cool Whip (or whip up 1 pint of heavy whipping cream with 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Tastes better.)
• Chocolate syrup
• Toasted Sliced Almonds (optional)

Bring water and butter to a boil. Add the flour. Remove from heat and stir until a paste forms. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each egg into the dough individually (by hand). Spread dough into greased jelly roll pan and bake @ 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely. (The crust will be very high and lumpy when it comes out of the oven, like the surface of the MOON, hence the former name.)

Make sure cream cheese is very soft. I even like to pre-beat it in the mixer first to get it smooth. Remove it from the mixer to a separate bowl. Combine pudding and milk in a large mixing bowl. Mix on high until blended. Add in the cream cheese. Mix for 3-4 minutes or until pudding is smooth and begins to thicken. Spread onto cooled crust. Place in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours.

If you have not thrown your whipped cream at the wall, spread it evenly over the pudding layer now. Drizzle chocolate syrup over whipped cream in straight rows about 1" apart. Drag a knife through the rows in alternating directions to create a marbled look.
If you want to add nuts, roast 1 cup of sliced almonds in a pan on low heat with 1 tsp butter until they begin to brown. Sprinkle over dessert just before serving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. And if not, I happen to know that Harmons sells a decent cheesecake.


Financial Aid for College said...

That sounds so WONDERFUL I wish I were not on a diet! I'll try making it for my own house-warming present in TX. In fact, why not get YOU to make it for my housewarming present when you are in TX with me a week from now?

How big a jelly-roll pan? My mom's measured 13" by 20". Could make a difference.

Financial Aid for College said...

And I could NOT remember what the 4th commandment was (was it about not swearing, since you were SOOOOOO mad?) So I Googled it. It was "Keep the Sabbath Day Holy" Good name! Good day to make it!

Mrs. O said...

Oh my goodness that looks delicious!

Kristina P. said...

Yum, yum, yum.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I'm excited to try it out.

Mia said...

I love that you named it the 4th Commandment Cake!!! Looks yummy, so yummy, that I am a tab bit glad that I know I have no pudding in the house :)

Bjorge Queen said...

Here's a little mnemonic for ya:

Four. Door. Hole (like key hole) = holy
Four. Fort. Hole. (Aren't forts like supposed to prevent holes. Must be a poorly designed fort.) = holy.

I used to have a bunch of pictures for children showing all the mnemonics back when I taught CTRs. My mom still has them.

I think a lot of it depends on if you are a Christian or a Jew. The gist is the same but the numbering system is a bit different.

As an atheist, I accept 5 through 10. But I perfer to think of it as good advice for clean living more than anything divine.

Many people would say that the swearing pertains to the third commandment.
Three. Tree. Leaf. Vein. Name of God in vain.
I kind of like Dr. Laura's (a Jew) take on the third. According to her, it has nothing to do with saying "Oh, my God!" I would tend to agree.

I suppose that it's a moot point for me because I dismiss 1 through 4 anyway. They have no relevance in my life.

But I digress...

The cake looks delicious.

Bjorge Queen said...

A mnemonic:

Four. Door. (key)Hole. Holy.

I used to have a whole bunch of pictures for children using mnemonics to help them remember 1 through 10. My mom still has them.

I think it depends on whether you're a Christian or a Jew. The gist is the same but the numbering is a little different.

I try to focus on 5 through 10 but I prefer to think of it as tips for clean living than anything divine.

Most people would say that the third commandment prohibits swearing. Or at least the phrase "Oh, my God!".
Dr. Laura (a Jew) says that it has little to do with that. I tend to agree though I suppose that as an atheist, it's a moot point for me.

But I digress...

The cake looks delicious.