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Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Juanita's Blackberry Dumplings
I chose this based on the rave reviews. It's good, but like eating chunks of pie crust in syrup, not like a fluffy dumpling. All that shortening equals a heavy taste. Good, very filling, and easier to make and serve than a blackberry pie, but if you're thinking light and fluffy, move on. Also, I used fresh berries that were on the sour side, and 1.75C of sugar was still a little too much, as was a whole 1t of salt. Definitely follow the instructions to add sugar "to taste."

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 14, 2011
Easy Ice Cream Cake
I thought this was way too sweet and fake tasting and nothing like an ice cream cake. The kids liked it but the adults gave up after a couple of bites. I won't make this again but if I did I'd make my own fudge sauce w/ bittersweet chocolate. I used Smuckers dark chocolate topping and it was still way, way too sweet and chemical-y tasting.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2011
Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding
Easy, classic pudding recipe. I use almond milk to cut down on the carbs. Tip to others, make a paste with the cornstarch, cocoa, sugar/salt and cold liquid first, adding more liquid as you blend. The cornstarch and cocoa will clump up otherwise, no matter how much you blend it. THey need to be mixed into a cold liquid first. The cocoa quality really does matter, use Dutch processed if you can. The bad reviews re: chocolate taste probably used cheap cocoa. If I don't have cocoa on hand I'll use chocolate chips instead (added to warming pudding, stirring constantly and cut back on the sugar.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2010

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