As Christians, Easter is a very special holiday for us. It’s the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He paid the penalty for sin and all who believe in him have eternal life. Just reading that sentence makes me feel so blessed that I was given this gift.
Easter has changed for me over the years. When I was young my mother was very strict about the Easter season. We were Catholic and had to follow lent. For those 40 days, it seemed like we couldn’t do anything. We weren’t allowed to dance, sing, laugh or eat meat on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. We went to church up to three times a week. As a child all of this was too much. None of my friends followed any of these traditions and I always felt like I was missing out on fun events because I couldn’t go. I’m older now and am a Christian. I don’t follow any of the lent traditions I did when I was younger. Now on the Easter weekend we go to a couple sermons at church. My favorite is the Easter morning. People gather outside the church just before dawn. Our Pastor reads verses from the bible and we sing songs and watch the sunrise. As the sun rises that morning I’m filled with such love and happiness knowing what Jesus did for us! Once the sun rises we go inside the church and have hot cross buns and coffee. I love hot cross buns! After that we go home and return later in the morning for the regular Easter sermon.
Once we’re home we have a huge family meal. We have scalloped potatoes, cooked ham, corn, perogies, cabbage rolls, hot cross buns and other breads. Some years we add different dishes to our meal but it’s basically the same every year. One of my favorite desserts I’ve had since I was young is a cherry or blueberry cream dessert. It’s a dessert we only have at Easter and we always looked forward to eating it.
Here’s the recipe for this yummy dessert. Stella is my grandma and this is her recipe.
Stella’s Easter Cream Dessert
- 2 cups graham wafer crumbs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup melted butter
- 2 packages dessert topping mix (4 cups whipped cream)
- 1 – 8 ounce cream cheese
- 1 ½ cups icing sugar
- 1 can 500 ml cherry or blueberry pie filling
Mix together the graham wafer crumbs, brown sugar & melted butter.
Keep ¼ cup crumbs to sprinkle on top of the completed dessert.
Press the remaining crumbs into a 9 X 13 greased pan.
Beat the 2 packages dessert topping and set aside.
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the icing sugar and mix well.
Combine the dessert topping (whipped cream) and icing sugar. Mix well.
Spread a thin layer of the dessert topping over the graham crumbs in the pan.
Spread whichever pie filling you prefer over the dessert topping.
Spread the rest of the dessert topping over the pie filling.
Sprinkle reserved graham crumbs on top.
Chill for at least 2 hours. Cut into 24 squares.