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The Cooking Club Made Raspberry Cream for the Red Hat Society Ladies

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

A raspberry cream pudding served in a tall glass dishThe “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club’s Raspberry Cream Dessert Was a Big Hit at the Red Hat Society  Ladies Meeting !

The local chapter of the ladies of the Red Hat Society met at the “Can Do” Street Community Center yesterday. Members of the “Can Do” Street Cooking Club made a special dessert in their honor. Since the ladies always wear red hats, Yundi suggested a dessert that had red in it.  The other members of the cooking club liked that idea and began thinking of things that were red.

Annie suggested  strawberry jello . Hector suggested strawberry ice cream since that is his favorite and he was hoping there would be left overs!   Nellie suggested red velvet cake. Bobbie suggested strawberry shortcake.

Then Kathy came up with the winning suggestion…raspberry cream pudding. Everybody cheered! Not only is it a pretty dessert, it always tastes great and is so easy to make.

The Red Hat ladies loved the raspberry cream and gave the cooking club a round of applause.

The “Can Do” Cooking Club thought you might like the recipe just in case you want to make raspberry cream for your family.

Raspberry Cream -Recipe for 4 -1/2 cup servings before adding the raspberries


1 pkg. of instant vanilla pudding (1 oz)

2 cups of  cold 1% milk

1 pt of fresh raspberries

Can of Redi Whip topping

Chocolate syrup for drizzling the to of the dessert(optional)


1 medium sized, deep bowl

4 dessert dishes large enough to hold pudding topped with fruit and cream

Wire whisk or electric hand mixer

Liquid measuring cup


A few sheets of paper towels


Pour milk into  the bowl

Add vanilla pudding

Beat with a wire whisk or on low speed of electric hand mixer for 2 min.

Let set for 5 minutes

Wash and gently pat dry raspberries with paper towels

Spoon pudding into  4 dessert dishes, leave room for fruit

Arrange raspberries on top of fruit, covering all of pudding

Swirl whipped topping on the middle of the raspberries

Drizzle chocolate syrup (optional)

Serve and watch everyone enjoy Raspberry Cream!


Chef Raquel Surprises the “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The “Can Do” Street Cooking Club got a wonderful surprise when they met over Christmas vacation at the community center. Chef Raquel came to help them with a recipe they can do with a parent, grandparent or other adult. Together they made pumpkin brioche french toast. Then came the best part…they got to eat it! Then came clean up, not much fun but necessary.

Here is the recipe in case you and a family member want to make it at home:

Frosty Pumpkin French Toast:


4 slices of Brioche or Challah Bread, sliced thick

¼ cup of milk, whole or 2%

¼ cup of heavy cream

3 tbs. of pumpkin puree

2 eggs, large

1 tbs. of granulated sugar or light brown sugar

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. of salt, fine sea salt or kosher

½ tsp. vanilla extract

1-2  tbs. of butter, unsalted

confectionary sugar, for dusting

maple syrup, optional


1.   Child(ren) can help make custard by mixing eggs, milk, cream, pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl.  Whisk to combine.

2.      Adult preheats a pan or skillet, adds  butter and allows to foam.

3.      Adult can supervise and assist  child dipping bread into custard, coating both sides well and put in pan.  Allow to brown, turn over. Repeat with remaining bread.

4.       Child can dust warm French toast with confectionery sugar.  Drizzle with maple syrup.

Chef’s Notes:

Substitute cinnamon for cardamom to change it up.

Eliminate pumpkin puree and replace vanilla extract for almond extract.  Top French toast with sliced almonds before adding to skillet.

Chef Raquel teaches classes in the NYC public school system and is part of Chefs Move to Schools” program, which is a part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign to end the epidemic of childhood obesity. The program pair chefs with schools across the country to help teach kids healthy habits.

Chef Raquel will be a regular contributor to the parent/teacher blog on “Can Do” Street. Look for her recipes in the Recipes section of the pull down menu. to learn more about her, visit her site:

The “Can Do”Cooking Club Makes Pudding Cones

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club volunteered to make treats for the new  preschool class at the community center. Miss Sue, the director of the community center, is helping them. They are making pudding cones. They are making enough pudding cones for 8 new preschoolers.

Would you like to make pudding cones in your house? Maybe your family would like it for dessert!

Chocolate Pudding Cones


8  small cones

1 package of instant chocolate pudding mix

2 cups of 2% milk

Can of chocolate flavored whipped cream

Chocolate sprinkles


Empty  box of pudding mix in a bowl

Add 2 cups of  cold milk

Using a wire whisk, or a hand mixer on low, mix the pudding until it is smooth(about 2 min)

Let pudding stand for 5 minutes until set

Spoon pudding into  each cone to just below the rim of the cone

Shake the can of whipped cream and carefully spray the top of the cone to cover the pudding

Shake the sprinkles on the top of the whipped cream

Serve right away!