The grand kids missed Fat Tuesday at my house, so we made it a Fat Wednesday. Instead of Paczki, we had a baked apple, raspberry and strawberry dessert. Topped off with whipped cream, of course.
The kids loved that I designated dessert as the first course for this special celebration and they decorated Mardi Gras masks while waiting for dinner. My friend, Mike, who lives in Louisiana, shared with me what Mardi Gras really means (outside of the publicized craziness).
“The “real” Mardi Gras is truly a family event with lots of floats, parades, Gumbo cook-off’s, Cochon de lait (roasting a whole pig), BBQ, and really just visiting with everyone in town that shows up for the “from Fri night to Tuesday evening” party that goes on along the 5 mile parade route. There are 11 different parades during that time and somewhere around 250 floats with people throwing beads and playing Cajun music, and everyone keeps their shirts and blouses in the down position here.”
- Shredded apple, no need to peel
- Fresh raspberries, 5-6 per serving
- Fresh strawberries, one per serving
- Low-fat whipped cream in a can
- Pinch or two of ground cinnamon
I used three (4) ounce porcelain ramekins for this recipe.
Place 1/3 layer shredded apples in each ramekin, add 1 tablespoon applesauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder. Top with 5-6 fresh raspberries.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 12 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Place a whole strawberry in the center of each dish and garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon powder. It’s not a paczki, but the kids sure enjoyed it. It was a great lesson for them in American culture and how others celebrate special occasions and holidays based on their heritage.
Here is the link for the printable mask the grand kids colored. Attach elastic string to each side of mask and cut out the eyes with an Exacto knife or box cutter. Use crayons, markers, adhesive jewels, colorful feather and ribbons to jazz-up the mask.