Being Portuguese, food is at the center of every family gathering, especially holiday gatherings.  One of my aunt’s signature desserts is always a hit and it’s so simple to make!  She shared her recipe with me and I in turn will share it with you.  You will need:

-4 packages lady fingers (these may be hard to find, I had to go to HEB Plus and ask in the bakery before I could find them!)

-2 packages of cream cheese softened

-16 oz package of heavy whipping cream

-3/4 cup sugar

-1 can crushed pineapple drained

-1 can cherry pie filling or strawberry or fresh strawberries with sugar sprinkled on top (this is your topping)

First, you’ll beat the cream cheese with the sugar until it’s blended.  Add the heavy cream and beat until smooth.

Add the drained crushed pineapple and fold it in gently until it’s well combined.  Set aside.

Next, take a large spring foam pan and line it with lady fingers.

Pour a layer of the cream cheese mixture on top, and then top it with a layer of lady fingers.  Continue to do this until all the cream cheese is used and you have the cream cheese on top.

Cover and refrigerate this overnight to set.  When ready to serve, put the cherries or strawberries on top.

Then remove the side of the spring form pan and serve!