The Mostaccioli is just cooked to package directions, topped with Frank's Meat Sauce, sprinkled with Mozzarella cheese and then baked at 350* for 30 minutes before you want to serve it.
I also baked the brownies and made Frank a Strawberry Almond Torte. This is one of his favorite desserts and I make it often, all summer long. The recipe is adapted from Pillsbury Bake Off Cookie Book, copyright 1967 and one of the first cookbooks I got when I was first married in 1974. It is an oldie but a goodie with tons of great recipes.
First, you make a basic Butter Cookie dough.
Divide the dough and press it into two round cake pans.
Make the Almond Topping.
Divide evenly and spread over cookie dough.
Bake until Golden.
Whip the Cream
Fold 1 qt. of Strawberries, sliced, into half of the whipped cream.
Put on one of the cookies.
Top with second cookie and remaining whipped cream.
Top with Whole Strawberries.
Strawberry Almond Torte
adapted from Pillsbury Bake Off Cookie Book
2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened
1 t. vanilla
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl of stand mixer using paddle attachment. Divide dough in half and press into bottom of 2 round cake pans. Set aside.
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. almond extract
1/2 c. almond paste
Beat egg in small bowl of stand mixer, using paddle attachment, until foamy. Gradually add sugar and almond extract. Beat until thick and ivory colored, Blend in almond paste and mix well. Divide in half and spread over the cookie dough in each of the cake pans. Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
1 pint heavy cream
2 T. sugar
1 T. Brandy, optional
2 quarts strawberries, washed and hulled, one quart sliced.
Place the heavy cream into a large bowl of a stand mixer using whisk attachment. Start whipping slowly gradually adding sugar and brandy. Increase speed as cream thickens and whip until light and fluffy with soft folds.
Fold the sliced strawberries into half of the whipped cream. Place one of the cookies on a cake plate and cover with strawberries and cream. Place second cookie on top of topped cookie and spread with remaining whipped cream. Arrange whole strawberries onto the whipped cream.
This Torte will also make a perfect dessert for Mother's Day. I am sharing it on Inspiration Monday.