I may have mentioned before how I’m not really good in the kitchen. I really try and I always have wonderful intentions of making something perfect and yummy and something that looks like Julia Child made it. The vision I have in my head is this:
Unfortunately more often than not this is the reality:
However, my 14 year old daughter has recently started showing an interest in cooking and baking and has even started watching the Food Network like crazy! Since I am her mom I figure the responsibility of teaching her how to cook falls to me. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE spending time with her and making memories. It’s just difficult when I am trying to teach myself at the same time I am teaching her.
We recently stumbled upon my husband’s grandmother’s cookbook. I absolutely adore it and love paging through and looking at all the recipes, poems, information, quotes, and more that she has written in there!
So my daughter and I set out to pick one recipe and make it today. We decided upon Dream Whip Pie. The Ingredients are as follows:
- 2 envelopes Dream Whip
- 2 3/4 cups cold milk, divided (1 cup with dream whip, 1 3/4 cup when adding Danish Junket Dessert)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 package Danish Junket Raspberry Flavor
- 20 graham crackers crushed
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Fresh Raspberries
After reading the ingredients I figured it was sort of like a modern day Cool Whip Pie! Super easy to start out with. 🙂
Helping me with this baking journey is my lovely daughter, Linnea. Oh! And that’s our dog Spot. He’s 16 years old and still kickin’! He doesn’t help much with the cooking but he sure does like to catch anything the drops on the floor!
First, we had to see if stores even still sold Junket Danish Dessert or Dream Whip for that matter. To my dismay the local Woodman’s grocery store had both of them. Being a modern type mom I decided to buy the already crushed graham crackers rather than crush them all myself. I mean seriously, I don’t want to work myself too hard!
Next I went to the next page of the recipe book and to my disbelief there were no directions! Ok, we can do this…I think.
First we put the 2 packages of dream whip in the mixer with the milk. And I made my first mistake! I put all 2 3/4 cups milk in with the dream whip – you are only supposed to put 1 cup. Sigh.
Good thing I know myself and know I am bound to make a mistake of some kind…so I bought Cool Whip while we were shopping…you know…just in case!
So, I dump out the ruined mixture, put in the cool whip, add some vanilla, add the Junket Danish Dessert Mix (which is just a powdered jello like substance), and the correct amount of milk. Mixed it all up on high for 2 minutes and stuck in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
Next we made our graham cracker crust. Crushed graham crackers, 1/3 cup butter, melted and 3 Tbsp of sugar. Mix that all up and put it into a pie plate. Set that in the fridge to chill.
So far so good! The finished product turned out Ok. We topped it with fresh raspberries!
While I wouldn’t necessarily call this an overwhelming success cooking wise, my daughter and I had fun and laughed and made some wonderful memories! Thanks to my husband’s grandmother! 🙂
Until Next Time,