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How Santa makes dessert...

santashanshan

I can hardly imagine a life where I'm a suburban mom or wife, greeting my husband at the door in full make-up each evening in lingerie with an overflowing bosom, while the scent of a delicious dinner permeates the air. However, the holidays are all about fantasy and dreams, so I decided to role play over the weekend and turn into a seductive Santa for my imaginary spouse. :) There is one thing that is real about this scenario, and that is my love for cooking. I suppose if I ever live with a man again he will be very well fed and cared for when it comes to eating and home-cooked meals. Today, I'll show you how to make a holiday dessert called "lemon lush." I showed everyone a photo of this dish in my Thanksgiving post, and many people asked me for the recipe. So, let's get started...

1. You'll need the following ingredients: a stick of real butter, one cup of flour, two cups of chopped pecans, one cup of sugar, one 8 oz. pack of softened cream cheese, a 16 oz. container of Cool Whip, milk, and two boxes of instant JELL-O lemon pudding. There may be some problems with these ingredients in Russia because I'm not sure you can buy Cool Whip or instant pudding there. If not, you can try to make something similar to Cool Whip and the recipe is here. However, I can't guarantee the dessert will taste good without original Cool Whip, because this product has a very unique, fluffy and light texture which is important for chilled sweets like this. I'm sorry, but I have no idea how to make lemon pudding from scratch. In the U.S., all of this is already mixed and sold in a box so we simply add milk and whip it together to create pudding. And, yes, I know some of the ingredients in the JELL-O box and Cool Whip are processed, so if you're somehow opposed to eating such foods, you will need to buy a lot more ingredients and it will take much longer to make.

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2. This is a layered dessert, and the first step is to prepare the pecan crust. Place one stick of butter in a pan and melt.

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3. While the butter is melting, place one cup of flour into a mixing bowl.

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4. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of chopped pecans to the flour in the bowl.

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5. After the butter is melted, add it to the flour and pecan mixture.

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6. Stir everything together until it is well blended. After everything is stirred, the mix will be quite thick and paste like.

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7. Use your hands to pat down the thick crust into a 13x9 glass pan. Spread evenly so that the entire surface of the pan is covered.

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8. Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown on the bottom.

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9.  While the crust is cooking, you can begin preparing the second layer of the treat. Combine the cream cheese, one cup of sugar and one cup of Cool Whip into a separate mixing bowl.

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10. Beat together with an electronic mixer until fulffy and smooth.

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11. After a few minutes, the second layer filling will look like this. Be sure to take a bite and try it. This is my favorite layer of the dessert.

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12. Remove the crust and let it cool completely. This usually takes about 20 minutes.

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13. Next, prepare the JELL-O pudding according to box instructions. It is very simple. :) Simply add two cups of milk per package and then use a wisk to solidify the pudding.

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14. After it stands for a few minutes, the lemon pudding will be very thick and now everything is ready and the layering can begin!

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15. The first layer is the crust. Once cooled, add the white, fluffy mixture on top and spread evenly.

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16. Then pour the second layer - the lemon pudding.

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17. The last layer is just Cool Whip, with chopped pecans sprinkled on top.

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18. Here you can see all three layers. Everything is not even, or the most beautifully prepared but you get the idea. I'm not a food blogger, and don't have time to sit and align all the layers evenly or ensure that the photographic image is perfect. It will taste the same, even if the layers blend together after you spread them. Trust me! :)

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19. The final outcome. Enjoy!

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Very simple and tasty! The crust takes the longest time to prepare, and the rest of the steps aren't time consuming unless you're making the pudding and Cool Whip from scratch. If you don't like sweets, or can't find these ingredients, there are tons of other holiday dishes you can prepare. This weekend, I made peanut butter cookies entirely from scratch (time consuming!), broccoli casseroles and a few cakes for our upcoming dinners and Christmas celebrations this week.

Happy Holidays! What's your favorite holiday treat? What do you want Ded Moroz or Santa to bring you? I hope you have all been good boys and girls! ;)

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alexanderr
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)
I have to say that the very first picture is awesome!
That's a real Santa
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! Ho ho ho, Santa is on the way! :))
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ypolozov
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
Cool, now I'm waiting for comments!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)
My readers in Russia are still asleep. :) So there probably won't be too many comments. Happy Holidays! What happened to our East Coast winters? :( It's so warm!!
aavenger
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)
Your nerves are of stainless steel :))) If I were to cook this - final result would be significantly different... approximately 1/4th of yours, maybe even less :)))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Even a bachelor can make this! :) Tomorrow I'll take it to work for the office to eat, but not in this Santa outfit! :))
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agathpher
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
yes, the first picture definitely sets the imagination racing ;)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:43 am (UTC)
I hope in a good way! If so, then consider this my holiday gift to my dedicated male readers. :)
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moskitow
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
Cute Santa! I'm gonna try to make the dessert...looks easy. I think it's even easier than putting on that Santa's outfit of yours ;-)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
Yes, it's easier than my outfit! :) I'm wearing a corset. Men have no idea how uncomfortable these garments are, but sometimes we must suffer for beauty's sake. :))
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peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
Why are mandarins eaten at New Years? Is there something symbolic about this fruit? I think Cool Whip is hard to find overseas. My friend in the UK told me she can't find it there. I also love ice-cream cake but have never made one.
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kate_theisen
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)
For Russian subscribers: you can substitute Cool Whip with whipped heavy cream (взбитые сливки), sugar(сахар), vanilla extract (ванильный экстракт). For one cup of whipped cream add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract;). Not 100% same, but at least more healthier, without all these preservative ingridients. Bon appetit!
...and yes, weather is killing now, today's 40s will raise up to 70+ on Christmas...hi from Mclean:)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:23 am (UTC)
Hi! Yeah, I hate this weather. :( Thanks for the Cool Whip substitute, which is much easier than the recipe I found online! Can you buy instant pudding in Russia?
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o_goncho
Dec. 21st, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
I'm overflowing with holiday cheer here!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:12 pm (UTC)
:))
worobioff_ku
Dec. 21st, 2015 04:03 am (UTC)
Вы вторглись в нашу русскую жизнь!Вы просто -прелесть!
wwweekend
Dec. 21st, 2015 04:31 am (UTC)
Oh, and who took the first picture? :) Certainly it was somebody very tall :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
My sister took this photo with her iPhone. She is short, but was standing on a chair. :)
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a_rib
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:25 am (UTC)
The pecans is the basic nut of Russia )))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't know this!
sekundator
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:43 am (UTC)
Что за жирная баба на первом фото? Это автор журнала?
Victor Ivanov
Dec. 21st, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
Там только одна баба на фото. И всем понятно что она не маленькая. Но не стоит специально обозначать что она жирная. Какой в этом логический смысо?
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seadevil001
Dec. 21st, 2015 05:44 am (UTC)
Cute Mrs. Clauss! Id say we are at risk this Christmas. Santa may never leave for his rounds around the world!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
Why at risk? Because of the warm weather? I think it's supposed to be almost 70 on Christmas day. It's horrible! :((
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lastochkanata
Dec. 21st, 2015 06:01 am (UTC)
We do not have this pudding in our shops...(((
peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
No pudding at all? This is not a popular sweet or snack with Russians?
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peacetraveler22
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope your husband likes it. Happy Holidays! :)
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