Friday, October 18, 2013

Haunting Berry Salad

For a refreshing and simple treat, I made these individual Haunting Berry Salad mini dessert cups for a Relief Society event that I attended last night where we were invited to take a Halloween themed goody to share.  The original recipe is called Holiday Berry Salad, but I put a plastic spider on top and renamed it.  Actually, I was calling them Haunting Berry Salad of Death last night while I was assembling them with Megan, because that's what my husband does when he puts on a fireworks show for us each July, everything gets the "of death" added to the end, Sparklers of Death, Roman Candles of Death, Forbidden Fountain of Death. I felt like I was being quite clever, but he never commented on my Haunting Berry Salad of Death name, so it was probably just comical to me. Typical.  I'm funny.
Just the right serving size.
I bought some black cheesecloth at Target yesterday when I picked up the little package of sparkly spiders to line the bottom of my trays, to add to the creepiness or ambiance.  The main focus should be that these little mini dessert cups are quite delicious and many people told me how much they enjoyed them.  Besides, who can resist an itty bitty fluted cup with a tiny spoon in it filled with a fluffy looking dessert like this?  Here's what they are made of, in case you want to whip some up for yourself.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 bananas, diced
  • 1 large container of fresh strawberry, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed

Mix everything together, then either scoop it into individual cups, or pour into a Flexipan mold.  Freeze completely.  If you use a Flexipan mold, you'll want to unmold it onto a serving plate.  Otherwise remove the individual serving cups from the freezer about an hour before serving. You can also use a 16 ounce bag of frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones, and it will turn out more pink or red, which would look nice in December.
Megan, a friend of Lindsey's who used to live with us for about two months while they were in sixth or seventh grade, joined me last night. It was great to see her again! 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are so creative....you are our "Martha"!

Denise