Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Pistachio Pudding Dessert

2 C. biscuit mix
2 Tblsp. brown sugar
1/4 C. butter
1/2 C. chopped nuts
1 & 1/2 C. powdered sugar
2-8 oz. packages cream cheese softened
1/2 pint whipping cream, whipped
1 quart milk
2 packages pistachio instant pudding

Combine biscuit mix and brown sugar, and cut in butter till crumbly. Add chopped nuts. Press into a 9X13 pan. Bake 10 minutes at 375*. Cool. Cream powdered sugar and cream cheese till fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Spread mixture over baked crust. Pour milk into bowl. Add pudding mix and beat till well blended. Pour over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate.

I am a believer in keeping the Sabbath Day holy. I don't go to the store on Sunday. This past Sunday, my sister called me needing a recipe. Our family likes a recipe called Pistachio Pudding Dessert. As I read it off to her, my mouth began to water! I had two bricks of cream cheese on hand and decided to make this layered dessert. I went to the cupboard and realized I didn't have any Bisquick for the crust layer. This was an easy improvisation and I just made one from scratch. There are plenty of this type of recipe online and I will spare you the details. As I got to the middle layer, I realized that I didn't have any whipping cream and thought that I would have to wait until Monday to finish the rest of the dessert. I looked online for ideas of substitutions and was surprised and a bit skeptical of the alternative but decided to try it anyway. I emptied a can of evaporated milk in a bowl and placed it in the freezer for about thirty minutes or until ice crystals form. I then added 1 tsp. of lemon juice to it and beat it on high until it formed peaks much like whipping cream does. I do have to admit that the end result was a bit more runny than usual but very, very tasty. On to the pudding layer. Searching through my drawer of puddings, I discovered that I had used the last of the pistachio pudding. I decided to use one strawberry pudding (not sure if jello brand makes this flavor anymore) and one coconut pudding. This opened up the idea that many flavors might be fun to try in this particular dessert and the name would have to be adjusted accordingly!
Here is the recipe in it's original form and a picture of what mine ended up looking like. (my apologies for the blurriness, my son's camera is on its way out and I keep delaying the inevitable).

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