Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

easy chocolate dessert roll

here is a quick recipe for a tasty dessert roll made in minutes and frozen until ready to serve to guests.  the famous chocolate wafers are an old standby cookie for chocolate crumb crusts and also this dessert roll.  they can be found in most markets, but i have found them difficult to locate in the larger chain stores. they are usually located with the speciality cookies.  this box will make two chocolate rolls, so i only use half of the box and store the rest for another day.

the most important step in this recipe is locating a long thin pan that can be used in the freezer.  i use Mario Batali's cast iron side dish which weighs five pounds, but is the perfect size and shape for this recipe.

to begin, prepare the whipped cream or use frozen whipped topping for the recipe.  then, add 1 teaspoon all natural flavor. i use almond, lemon or orange flavor. i have also used cherry and hazelnut.  any of these flavors works well.  when the whipped cream is ready to use, assemble the cookies one after the other with whipped cream in between.  align in the dish in a roll, which has been lined with foil wrap,and gently push together.  cover the top of the chocolate roll with the rest of the whipped cream and decorate with sprinkles. cover the roll with the foil wrap and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours prior to serving.

when ready to serve, remove from the freezer about 20 minutes before serving. 
slice between the cookies and serve with coffee or tea. 
easy, quick and oh so good !

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