I decided to go back through some to sugar-free (and otherwise) goodies that I've made in the past, and revisit them, seeing where I can make improvements to tastes and texture.
This recipe, while sugar-free (or can be made regular) is a purely convenience goodie--fairly quick to make, not homemade at all, except in the sense that it's "made at home"! But so, so, good when you're craving something sweet and creamy.
Layer 1: The original recipe calls for a basic "press in" crust:
- 1/4 c (1/2 stick) butter, softened
- 1/2 c flour
- 1/3 c chopped nuts
- 1 T sugar or Splenda (optional)
Layer 2: While the crust is cooling, mix together in a medium bowl
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 c sugar or Splenda
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 c whipped topping (I used sugar free)
Layer 3: This is where you can get creative with the flavor
- 1 small pkg instant pudding (I used sugar free butterscotch)
- 1 1/2 c milk
Layer 4: Add a layer of whipped topping (again, I used the sugar-free)
This gets two thumbs up from the sugar-free-ers in my household, including me! As a matter of fact, this flavor has become our favorite, so I make a special trip to a particular grocery store to find the butterscotch sugar-free pudding mix. One of the draw-backs of living in a small town with small grocery stores--not much variety at some of them sometimes.
Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. I usually cut this into squares, but sometimes I don't let it set up long enough, so I just sort of scoop it out onto the plate. (see the top picture) Then I have to eat along the edge to straighten it out. Funny how that happens, huh?
If you're not a sugar-free-er, just use regular pudding and whipped topping, and sugar instead of Splenda. It's a good basic recipe that can be adapted with any flavor of pudding, or even fruit topping.
Until next time, good cooking and good eating!
This post linked to:
My Meatless Mondays at My Sweet and Savory
Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Recipe Swap at the Grocery Cart Challenge
Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home