… when you combine Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday (September 22nd) with the Feast day of St. Pio (September 23rd)?
No, I’m not kidding. Here at Chez Ouiz my kids are HUGE LOTR fans.
They even know the names of all the SWORDS, for goodness’ sake.
So, what DO you do when you combine two “feasts” of such magnitude?
Well, you make a dessert, that’s what!
But, being short on time (today was a l….o…n…g day of homeschooling) and not much inclined to spend hours making a traditional Italian dessert, we punted and did what we at Chez Ouiz do best — being creative and making do! I looked at various tiramisu recipes on line and decided that (1) I have no idea what marscapone cheese is, nor do I want to make a dessert with it and (2) I don’t have hours to “let the flavors blend.” So, I went my normal route and fudged, made do, and created my own. (I am NOT a good recipe-follower. I use it as a guide, mostly)
Lady fingers? Yellow cake mix is fine.
Frangelico liqueur? Kahlua will make a fine substitute.
Marsapone cheese? Nah… chocolate whipped cream frosting with kahlua will be a smashing substitute.
So, off I went!
I made two yellow cake “sections” (what do you call them??) and after they came out of the oven, I brushed a generous helping of kahlua all over the top of it… while reassuring my children that no, they would NOT be getting drunk after eating this.
Reilly made an amazing chocolate kahlua whipped cream frosting that was uber yummy.
What REALLY made it special, however, was the decorations.
We wanted to celebrate BOTH “feasts,” but how?