Monday, December 29, 2008

PRALINE WAFER DESSERT

This recipe is cut from an old Keebler magazine advertisement.

45 Keebler Vanilla Wafers
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tbsps butter or margarine
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Arrange 21 whole Vanilla Wafers in the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Cut a slight portion off of each remaining Vanilla Wafer forming a straight edge. Place those wafers, cut side down, around the edge of the springform pan lapping them slightly in a clockwise fashion.

Combine the coconut, pecans, brown sugar, and butter or margarine in a skillet. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter or margarine is melted. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture brwons lightly (about 5 minutes). Pour mixture onto a baking sheet to cool. When cool, break the coconut into coarse crumbles. Reserve 1/2 cup of the crumbles and set aside. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the Vanilla Wafer base.

Prepare pudding with milk as directed on the package. Fold in the whipped cream. Turn into the pan, spreading mixture gently to the edges of the standing wafers. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs over the top. Chill 4 hours or overnight. Cut into wedges to serve.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Note: This is a great "make ahead dessert" for a busy day since it needs to refrigerate as long as overnight anyway.

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