Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rafaello - no bake dessert

Treat yourself!
If you love coconut, this one is for you.
Rafaello is a coconut dessert that is named like a popular coconut candy, and it's very easy to make.
All you need to do is make pudding. The rest is a piece of cake - literally :))
Sweet and rich coconut filling combined with salty crackers (yes, crackers) - what a great treat!
Please don't substitute crackers with vanilla wafers... - that's a completely different dessert :))
The crackers soften after few hours and they give a nice taste to this no bake cake.

And when there is food, there are memories! Anytime I think about this dessert, I think of my high school friend Ania, who shared with me the recipe for Rafaello :)).
It's been years since I made one, and I couldn't find the recipe that she gave me.
So I started searching for it online.... 
You can make your own pudding from scratch or make it simple and use vanilla Jell-o Cook & Serve Pudding. I went for Jell-o and skipped butter.

2 small vanilla puddings - Jell-o Cook & Serve (not the instant kind),
4 cups milk (for pudding),
1 stick of softened butter (optional),
2 cups coconut flakes plus 1 cup for topping,
2-3 rolls of salty crackers (I used Club and Ritz crackers )

  1. In a small saucepan combine milk and pudding mix. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and set aside. Let it cool
  2. Mix softened butter until fluffy. Add 1 Tbsp of cooled pudding at a time and keep mixing.
  3. Stir in 2 cups of coconut flakes. Place in the fridge for 5-10 min.
  4. Place crackers on the bottom of 9x13 in (23x33 cm) pan, spread some pudding filling and repeat the layers two more times (3 layers of crackers and 3 layers of pudding filling). Top with coconut flakes. If you wish, brown coconut flakes on a frying pan before topping the cake.
  5. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 3-5 hours.
  6. Invite your friend for some cake and coffee!
Easy, isn't it? :)

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