Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dependable things...

I have watched this tree for years...every year it just outshines almost all the trees around.  There is another downtown that must be its twin.  I snapped this one as we came home in the rain on October 31. 
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Another thing that is dependable is that for Thanksgiving and Christmas, sometimes for the family reunion, and for my girls' birthday--I will be making what we call the Pudding Cake.  We call it cake because it is in a cake pan.  It is not really a cake at all.  It has other names...one I have heard it called is Robert Redford dessert.

The bottom layer is just a simple crust made with flour and butter.  One could use a graham cracker crust if they wanted.  The next layer is cool whip, cream cheese, and powdered sugar.  And for the next layer whatever instant pudding flavor one likes.  The girls and I prefer chocolate or lemon....Roger likes butterscotch.  Once the pudding is poured and spread over the cream cheese layer,  spread cool whip on top of the pudding, just as if it were icing.

I use a 9 x 13 pan, and I do the crust layer, and the cream cheese/cool whip/powdered sugar layer.  Then I use aluminum foil and fold it at least half a dozen times till it kind of sturdy.  And I fold the ends in till it spans across the pan.  I then place it down in the cream cheese layer midway....for one end, I make instant chocolate pudding.  The folded foil holds it in that end.

Then I make the instant lemon pudding and pour on the other end...then pull the folded foil out.   Then we can have either flavor.  I bet I have made at least 150 of these in my lifetime...maybe more.  Every now and then I make one just because!

12 comments:

Sandra said...

yum yum yum.... i would like it with any flavor at all

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Oh that tree is so pretty. I think the yellow leaves behind it accentuate it even more.

Your pudding cake sounds delicious!

~Lindy

Amy Burzese said...

That sounds delicious, Rose. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

don said...

The pudding cake sounds delicious. I like how you can combine both flavors in one dish.

EG CameraGirl said...

It sounds very tasty. Now I feel very hungry. ;)

Montanagirl said...

Ha! I just did that very dessert today (along with 4 others). I used Butterscotch pudding in mine. It's so easy, and everyone seems to like it. Another really good variation of that is to use Coconut Cream pudding, and top it with Cool Whip, then toasted coconut.

Ellie said...

Oh that is a glorious tree Rose, so big and full of leaves. Something I noticed when in the States, you have some really big trees there!
Your pudding cake sounds delicious. Hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving Day!!

Ginny said...

What are the proportions of Cool Whip, Cream cheese, and powdered sugar? If you tell me, I will make this, it is fast and easy. And I am unable to stand very much to bake anymore. I adore the tree, it is amazing. The massive size of it, and the color, something else to give thanks for!

Quiltedtime said...

That tree is gorgeous. I am glad that I am not anywhere near your dessert. I think I might have to have 2 servings!

Betsy Adams said...

Yum.. That looks delicious. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

We are in FL with George's son and family enjoying Thanksgiving. They are cooking a FEAST for us… YUM.

Hugs,
Betsy

Mary said...

Beautiful tree! I have a few favorite trees, too. They just always seem to stand out. That pudding cake sounds good. Will have to try it.

Marie said...

Sounds wonderful! Oh and that tree reminds me of one I painted years ago. The real tree was so huge and beautifully orange I had to capture it on canvas!

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