This weekend I was watched one of my new guilty pleasures. A cooking show called BITCHIN KITCHEN. the host is Nadia G. It is definitely a cooking show with attitude. This show was cooking for the in-laws. That first meal that you may have had to make for your prospective or current inlaws.
Think of all the tension, the agony, what to make -will they like it? Are they allergic to anything? Are you good enough for their son, or daughter?
Ready made for a novel, isn’t it. Although if it was one of mine, there would be a dead body, just not sure what, or who had done it.
Anyway I got to thinking, is there a favorite dish you like to make, one you drag out when you want to make a good impression. Whether it’s breakfast -lunch-dinner or desert. Mine is desert and it’s a recipe redo. One I got from the wonderful Paula Deen.
Is It Really Better Than Sex? Is the name
1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 (3.4-ounce) box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup flaked, sweetened toasted coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare yellow cake mix as directed using a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. While cake is baking, combine the pineapple and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Remove cake from oven and using a fork, pierce holes into cake. Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and set aside.
Prepare pudding according to package directions. Spread pudding over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Whip heavy cream and remaining sugar until stiff. Cover top of cake with whipped cream and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.
My husband is diabetic and that recipe is not exactly diabetic friendly. I made some changes and now serve that recipe to everyone. When I was working in an office I would get requests to make this for potlucks.
Yellow cake mix-
Most recipes call for Oil I used no sugar added applesauce instead.
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple (in it’s own juice not in heavy syrup)
1 1/3 cups sugar (splenda)
1 (3.4-ounce) box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare (low-fat no added sugar made with skim milk)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream ( I use cool whip)
1 cup flaked, sweetened toasted coconut (Optional)
Very moist, delicious and a guaranteed pleaser. As for the recipe’s name? Close but no cigar.