Thursday, 11 August 2011

'Just Dessert'- a 1960s Picnic Favourite...

Hi, my lovelies!! Today's post is inspired by a terrific post a while back by fellow blogger, Lisa, at My Pretty Baby Cried She Was A Bird. She's always throwing some great vintage cooking into the mix over there and the post in question involved some great green bevvies. This led to discussion of green foods from the '50s and '60s, which brought to mind one of my mother's signature summer recipes, Just Dessert.

Apologies for the blurry photo, but this darn camera has had a mind of it's own the last few months.

According to my mom, this lovely layered indulgence was all the rage in the '60s. The recipe book this is copied from is from a collection of recipes by the American Business Women's Association (which my mother was a member of) from the late '70s. By then, the recipe was a tried and true favourite of mom's!


First layer (crust):

1c. flour
1 stick butter
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2c. chopped pecans
Dash of salt

Melt buter, combine with flour, sugar, pecans and salt. Press into 9x12 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool.

Second layer:

2c. powdered sugar
1 c. Cool Whip
1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened

Combine these 3 ingredients. Spread over cooked first layer.

Third layer:

2 (4 1/2 oz) packages instant jello pistachio pudding
3 c. cold mik

Mix well. Pour over second layer.

Fourth layer:

Spread remainder of 9 ounce container of Cool Whip over third layer. Garnish with chopped pecans and refrigerate.

Try it, my won't be disappointed!
And don't forget to pop on over to My Pretty Baby Cried She Was A Bird and follow her fab blog!

Do any of you have some great '60s recipes that have come down through your family?

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