Good Day Atlanta Viewer Information: December 22, 2015

- Meals on Wheels Atlanta has provided and other services to hundreds of Atlanta Seniors.  Nearly 150-thousand meals are delivered each year. To keep the mission moving, they need help from volunteers and donors. 

Snow Mountain: It doesn't matter if it's warm or cold, sunny or cloudy -- the forecast at Stone Mountain Park this time of year always calls for a snowstorm!  Snow Mountain is back, bringing tons of snow to the Park and creating a Winter Wonderland for families and thrill-seekers.  With a 400-foot hill covered in real snow, visitors can tube down together as a family, or go for it alone.  Snow Mountain opened this season on November 21st, and continues through February 28th.   

Gabriel's Bakery: Recipes for Classic English Trifle and Baked Brie

Classic English Trifle

  • ½ half of a large plain pound OR about 2 lbs. of cak
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 (3.5) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream  or 1 – 16 ounce container of Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ cup blanched slivered almonds, chopped walnut or pecans
  • 12 maraschino cherries
  1. Assembly: Wash and slice strawberries. Sprinkle them with the sugar.
  2. Cut bananas into slices and toss with the orange juice.
  3. Combine the pudding mix with the milk and whisk until smooth.
  4. Cut the pound cake into 1 inch cubes.
  5. Using half of the cake line the bottom of a large glass bowl.
  6. Layer half of the strawberry slices, then half of the blueberries, half of the bananas, half of the orange segments.
  7. Spread half of the pudding.
  8. Repeat layers.
  9. In a medium bowl, whip the cream to stiff peaks and spread over top of trifle. 
  10. Garnish with maraschino cherries and slivered almonds, walnut, or pecans.

Best if refrigerated a couple of hours or overnight.  Serves 14 - 16

Baked Brie

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed, (can be purchased in frozen food section)
  • 1 6-7” round of Brie cheese
  • 1/4-1/3 cup of raspberry jam (seedless preferably)
  • ¼-1/3 cup of slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, or pecans (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • Box of your favorite snack crackers
  • A few fresh raspberries for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Assembly – Roll out pastry sheet flat on counter top.  If dough is sticky, you might lightly flour the counter.
  3. Remove paper wrapping from cheese, but leave edible rind on cheese.
  4. Spread raspberry jam on top of cheese. 
  5. Top with nuts if using. Totally optional
  6. Lay cheese jam side down on pastry sheet.
  7. Trim the pastry into a circle shape leaving enough pastry to fold over into the center of Brie and enough to meet in center to cover the bottom the entire wheel.
  8. Break egg into a small and whisk or beat to break up well.
  9. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the edges of pastry with a little of the egg wash on the edges and fold edges up and overlap a bit to cover the bottom of the Brie.  Press together to seal.  The egg wash acts a bit as “glue”.
  10. Flip cheese over onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  11. With any leftover pastry, using a cookie cutter, press out a shape to decorate the top side of the Brie. 
  12. Lightly brush one side of the cutout pastry with egg wash and place wet side down in the center of the round.
  13. Lightly brush top and sides of wheel with the egg wash.
  14. Bake in preheated over 18-22 minutes until lightly browned. 


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