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Frozen Desserts

Gail Aug 21, 2012 01:20 PM

Ok, I know this is a home cooking board. I am not a baker and I'm looking for something in the freezer section that is acceptable for dessert. My guest is a frequent one and I have done everything possible with ice cream. Is Sara Lee really good?
Sorry purists, but this is my plight...

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    redfish62 RE: Gail Aug 21, 2012 01:23 PM

    Sara Lee came out with a chocolate cheesecake this year that I will not be purchasing again because I ated the whole thing, and I can't afford all the calories.

    For a frozen cheesecake it was very good.

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      Gail RE: redfish62 Aug 21, 2012 01:58 PM

      I looked on the net to check out the packaging of the cheesecake. Wow, it got bad nutritional reviews, but it sounds wonderful. You may have solved my problem. After all, we won't be eating it every day.

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        Ruthie789 RE: redfish62 Aug 21, 2012 03:35 PM

        My waistline can relate, unfortunately!

      2. biondanonima RE: Gail Aug 21, 2012 01:32 PM

        Frozen pound cakes and puff pastry are generally acceptable - if you have some nice fresh fruit on hand you can easily put together something using one of those as a base.

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          Gail RE: biondanonima Aug 21, 2012 01:56 PM

          I've used bakery pound cake with ice cream and berries. Puff pastry is a foreign object to me.
          I'm really a decent cook, just not baking. Are any of the frozen carrot cakes good?

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            biondanonima RE: Gail Aug 21, 2012 02:16 PM

            I've never tried a frozen carrot cake so I can't comment there. Puff pastry really couldn't be easier - you just thaw it, unroll it, cut it into whatever shape you want and bake it. You can then use the baked pieces to create napoleans, or as a base for fruit compote, etc. You can also top the raw dough with fruit or other things and bake it for a super quick and easy tart.

        2. JungMann RE: Gail Aug 21, 2012 01:56 PM

          I quite like the cream puffs at Costco. You can drizzle them with chocolate or, if you're feeling ambitious, dip them in caramel to make a croquembouche.

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            chowser RE: JungMann Aug 21, 2012 02:14 PM

            I was going to suggest the cream puffs, too. Addicting, even when frozen.

          2. Ruthie789 RE: Gail Aug 21, 2012 03:29 PM

            Walmart has a key lime and lemon pie in the frozen section made by a company called Edwards. I also apologize to the food purists but the pies are really good. The pies are also available in individual portions, as well there is a Turtle pie made by the same company but I have not tried this one. You can also change up a frozen selection by adding some fresh fruit on top or to the side. Link below:

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              gaffk RE: Ruthie789 Aug 21, 2012 03:39 PM

              I was going to recommend Edwards as well. Although I like baking, there are only two of us in the house, so the single servings are convenient. I've had both the key lime and turtle and they were surprisingly good.

              ETA: I got them in the local supermarket, so they're not just at Walmart.

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                Ruthie789 RE: gaffk Aug 21, 2012 06:03 PM

                I am Canadian, I have only seen this product at Walmart. Am sure the availability is greater in USA.

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                  gaffk RE: Ruthie789 Aug 21, 2012 06:25 PM

                  Yeah, processed frozen foods are certainly more available in the States. And as un-American as it may be, I've only been to Walmart once.

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                    Ruthie789 RE: gaffk Aug 21, 2012 06:34 PM

                    Processed foods and big freezers are in Canada too! We just do not have all the brands that are available in the USA. Many crossborder shop for better selection. I like the product more than the store it came from.

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                    cheesecake17 RE: Ruthie789 Aug 21, 2012 06:28 PM

                    Walmart has the biggest selection, but I've seen them in other stores also. They make single servings also.

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                  Gail RE: Ruthie789 Aug 22, 2012 01:59 PM

                  Ruthie, I checked my small local market today and guess what, they had several selections of Edwards' pies...problem solved.

                3. mrbigshotno.1 RE: Gail Aug 23, 2012 07:36 AM

                  We could argue the crust issue for days, but Marie Callanders "Razzleberry" pie is quite good. Also if you are like me and there is no real bakery within 300+ miles, the eclairs and cream puffs at Costco are are excellent.

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