The Ultimate Bake Sale

The Public Education Foundation is having their 2nd annual Confections of the Rich and Decadent, The Ultimate Bake Sale, and Amy Walker of the PEF successfully recruited Diane and me to donate a baked goodie.  Last year, you may recall, I offered a Coca-Cola chocolate cake, the first thing I had ever baked.  A very nice woman bought it and actually said it was tasty.  Clearly, she was just being polite.  But I thanked her anyway.

This year, I was all set to go with this suggestion from Patti Hilton, a no-bake fudge recipe –

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

3 (10 oz.) pkg. Reese's Peanut Butter Chips

2 (14 oz.) cans Eagle Brand Milk (can use Reg., Low fat or Fat free - I found no difference in taste)

2 heaping tablespoons Peanut Butter (smooth or chunky, depending on if you add nuts)

1-2 to 3/4 cup nut (optional) Pecans, walnuts or whatever nut you like in Fudge.

You will need - 3 quart pot, wax paper, cookie sheet 12x17 or any pan to pour in, size can vary depending on thickness you want fudge to be.  After it sets, cut into 3/4 - 1" squares.

Put chips, eagle brand and peanut butter in pot; melt over med. heat till smooth.  Add nuts and stir until combined.  Line pan with wax paper, coat with butter, and pour fudge mix in pan.  Smooth out, let cool (can put in fridge for 1-2 hours to cool).  Take out pan and cut into squares, put in containers.

Excellent recipe but I was soon wracked with guilt.  It’s a “no bake” recipe and this, after all, is a “bake” sale.

So, Robin Redmon came to the rescue with this recipe -

Cherry/Pineapple Dump Cake

1 can (16 oz.) crushed pineapple
1 can (20 oz.) cherry pie filling
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/2 to 2/3 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. butter

Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Dump in the pineapple and juice, spreading evenly.  Pour cherry pie filling over the pineapple, spreading evenly. Add dry cake mix evenly over the fruit. Add nuts, then slice butter and lay all over the top.

Do not mix. Bake in a 350 degree oven 1 hour.

The bake sale is Friday 10-2 in the atrium of Old National Bank downtown.  Enjoy!