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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Dessert for Dad

Today is my father's birthday. If he was still with us he would be 98 years young today. Wow - hard to believe. I was only 39 when he died, too young to lose such a wonderful father.
Dad loved desserts. Truth be told, he loved to eat, period. But he did enjoy desserts, and it was a family tradition to make homemade ice cream on his birthday. I'm not making ice cream today but I do have a great dessert recipe for you! It's one of my favourite go-to recipes when I have to take a dessert somewhere, or when company is coming. Or just for us! :) It's quick and easy to make and you likely have most of the ingredients right in your cupboard. I know Dad would approve of this one!

Pistachio Dessert

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup chopped pecans

Blend together well. Spread in 9"x13" pan. I flatten it with my hands or the back of a spoon - a smooth surface makes spreading the next layer easier.  Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Cool.

Layer 2:
Cream together 1 8oz. package cream cheese with 1 cup icing sugar. Spread over cooled base.

Layer 3:
Mix 2 packages pistachio instant pudding mix with 2 1/2 cups milk. Beat together. Spread over cream cheese layer.

Layer 4:
Beat 1 cup (250 ml) whipping cream until stiff. Add a little sugar and vanilla. Spread over pudding layer. Garnish with chocolate shavings or curls. Refrigerate.

Note - I'm sure this would be equally good with other flavours of pudding too- chocolate, butterscotch, whatever your pleasure...  :)  Try it and let me know how you liked it!


"People who love to eat are always the best people." ~ Julia Child


Jeanna said...

This sounds delish Linda. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

Thanks for sharing :)

Pamela Gordon said...

I LOVE pistachio squares! I have a recipe similar to this and made it this past spring for guests. Well, I guess I should have put it into a 9 x 13 pan instead of a 9 x 9 one as it was too thick and the crust was tough. It was good tasting though. :) I think I'll copy this one down and try it next time. Pam

GailM. said...

Linda. Wow, it's hard to believe your dad would be 98. Amazing. This dish looks awesome. Actually I am going to a wedding shower for my daughter this weekend. I might just try out your recipe. I love how it has four layers... So special. Thanks for sharing.

kath001 said...

Mmmmmmm...this looks good. I'm glad it was listed under "You might also like" under today's post.

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