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Fund raising for breast cancer has been a wonderful experience but it is not only about the money we raise for Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer but the wonderful people we get to meet that we would not have met otherwise.

We might never meet in person but through Facebook, Twitter and e-mails we meet new friends, some very special people who come into our life because we share a cause important to both of us, breast cancer.

We might talk, e-mail, tweet or write on each others walls. We might even share a love for cooking and baking.  A recipe or two might be exchanged as well!  Hopefully in time I will get a chance to make the recipe and such is the case of Pistachio Pudding Dessert!

Meet my new friend Susan who found us on Facebook, a very special woman who shared with me her recipe for Pistachio Pudding Dessert!  I decided to make it and bring it to someone’s house on Christmas Eve.

Most people will try a recipe first before bringing it to someone’s house.  It would most likely be logical to make the recipe first at home, but I never do that.  Most likely if I bring a dessert it is something I have wanted to make for a long time and it will either be a hit or miss.  Luck must be on my side because I have not had a miss yet!

So let me introduce you to Susan’s recipe for Pistachio Pudding Dessert.  It was easy to make and received great reviews from all on Christmas Eve.   The recipe calls for instant pistachio pudding something I have never made or used before; I am more of a chocolate pudding fan and maybe will try this recipe with chocolate pudding one day for a change.  The pistachio pudding dessert was rich creamy and light. I loved the crunch from the nuts that were added to the top of the pudding. It was a perfect dessert to make for a Christmas dinner!

Will I make the recipe again, definitely! Thanks for sharing this recipe Susan!  Now I will share it with you!  You don’t have to wait for Christmas to make the pudding!

Pistachio Pudding Dessert Recipe

Ingredients for crust or 1st layer:

1 stick of butter (softened)
2 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 cup of walnuts (chopped fine)
mix the above together, press firmly in 13 x 9 glass baking dish, bake at 350 for 10 – 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown, this is the first layer and the crust should be thin, remove from oven and let cool before applying the other layers (while cooling you can prepare and refrigerate the top layers until crust is cool)

2nd Layer:
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
2/3 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. real whip cream (you can use cool whip) I make my own real whip cream and the recipe is the better for it
mix the above and spread on top of the crust

3rd Layer:
2 packages of instant pistachio pudding mix
2 1/2 cups of cold milk
mix together until creamy (do not follow the recipe on the pudding box) you need the pudding filling to be thicker than normal

top layer:
8 oz. whip cream
sprinkle a few nuts (i mix pistachios and walnuts) on top and center with a mint leaf for decoration

Chill for at least one hour and enjoy!

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