My husband kept saying how much he loves their family traditional holiday dessert --- 3-layer dessert, which makes me curious about how it is made. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law and tried it last night. All I can say is --- it's CLASSIC! And I made my husband a happy boy :)
2 regular sized (3.4 oz) packages of Chocolate Cook&Serve pudding (JELL-O Brand, it comes in powder shape, and my mother-in-law said the instant pudding won't make the dessert as good as the cook&serve pudding does)
2 cups milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chooped pecans
16 oz cream cheese (softened at room temperature)
1 cup confectionate powder sugar
1. make chocolate pudding layer
Put chocolate pudding powder in a saucepan, stir in milk, cook on stove over medium heat, stir constantly until thick. Remove from heat, cover the saucepan with a plastic wrap and put in fridge to cool, for about 1 hour.
Whip 1/2 cup of the cream, and mix into cooled chocolate pudding.
2. make the crust
Add the butter and flour in a bake-safe bowl, use pastry blender to mix, (like how you make pie pastry), until butter and flour into pea size pieces.
Add brown sugar, mix well. Stir in pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool and crumble the crust with fork. Spread half the crust at the bottom of 9*13 pan. The other half will be sprinkled on the top of the chocolate pudding later.
3. make cream filling
Add the other half of the whipping cream, cream cheese and confectionate powder sugar in a bowl, mix with an electric mixer. Set in fridge to cool.
Layer crust on bottom, cream filling in middle, chocolate pudding on top, and sprinkle the other half of the crust over chocolate pudding.
Here it comes the CLASSIC 3-layer dessert, AKA "Better-than-Sex Dessert", LOL.