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Aug 21, 2012 01:20 PM

Frozen Desserts

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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  1. 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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    1. re: redfish62

      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.

      1. re: redfish62

        My waistline can relate, unfortunately!

      2. 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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        1. re: biondanonima

          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?

          1. re: Gail

            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. 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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          1. re: JungMann

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

          2. 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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            1. re: Ruthie789

              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.

              1. re: gaffk

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

                1. re: Ruthie789

                  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.

                  1. re: gaffk

                    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.

                  2. re: Ruthie789

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

                2. re: Ruthie789

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

                3. 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.