Cooking desserts in your Texas travel trailer could be a challenge mainly because of the space issue regarding preparation and storage. What I have found to be the key is heavy pre-planning. I know a lot of us like to plan what we are going to prepare for dinner, but sometimes we forget about dessert. When you are planning take into consideration finding recipes that involve ingredients that don’t take up a lot of room. Also, take into account your RV crew’s taste buds!
Here are some recipes that are sure to please everyone and they don’t take up too much room. While they do take up some space in the refrigerator, they won’t be in there for long after your family and friends dig in!
Fresh fruit of choice
2 packages of Jello flavor of choice
1 cup boiling water
¾ cup cold water
1 cup boiling water
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Dissolve the first package of Jello in the first cup of boiling water, then add the cold water. Chill the mixture in a serving bowl until it just starts to get thick. It should be the consistency of unbeaten egg whites.
Dissolve the second package of Jello in the second cup of hot water. Add the ice cream to the mixture and stir it until the ice cream is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour this mixture into a serving bowl or into individual “parfait” glasses. Red Solo cups are great for this, even though you can’t see through them. Chill this until it is set but not firm. This takes about an hour in a home refrigerator. Depending on how cool the RV refrigerator is, it may take more or less time.
Cut up the fruit and mix it with the first Jello mixture. Pour it over the top of the ice cream/Jello mixture. Chill until the entire dessert is firm. Garnish with extra fruit and whipped cream.
Package of individual graham cracker crusts or 1 large graham cracker pie crust
1 package of pudding of your choice
2 cups milk
1 tub of whipped topping
Extra creamy whipped cream
Garnish — fruit, mint, chocolate chips, nuts — your choice
Prepare the pudding as directed on the package. Allow it to chill until it starts to thicken. You should be able to work it, but it should not be so thick that it spoons out in clumps. If you let it chill too much, it will still work, it just won’t look at nice. Layer the pudding mixture and the whipped topping in the pie crusts. Chill until the pudding is completely set. Garnish with extra creamy whipped cream and garnish of your choice.
When you take your Texas RV out for a road trip, don’t forget to plan for dessert! If you have any recipes you would like to share with us please do!