The girls in our family were looking through old cookbooks this week. Almost everything in certain books were combinations of processed foods with corny names… naughty names even. If there is one dessert that every girl should know how to make, it’s Better Than Sex Dessert. Good Christian women call it “Better Than Robert Redford Dessert.”
Because I’m big on making things from scratch, this is homemade from top to bottom or I should say from bottom to top – even the pudding.
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
- 4 1/2 cups milk
- 6 large egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all dry ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together well (to prevent lumps). Whisk in cold milk & eggs. Cook on low heat only until you see it begin to boil. Take off burner immediately. Stir in butter and vanilla. Keep stirring as pudding thickens.
It’s a beautiful thing, really.
Place saran wrap over pudding & gently push onto top so that pudding does not form a skin over the top. Place in refrigerator until cooled.
Preheat oven to 350F. Place all crust ingredients into food processor and process on low speed until crumbly.
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Coat 9X13 baking pan with baking spray and then press crust into pan.
Bake for about 15 minutes.
Make Whipped Cream (this recipe will make the amount you will need).
Use 1 cup in the cream cheese filling below and set the rest aside for the topping.
Cream Cheese Filling
- 1 cup whipped cream
- One 8 ounce package cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Whip together until creamy and shiny.
Spread onto cooled crust.
Remove chilled pudding from fridge & spread over cream cheese filling.
Use remaining whipped cream to decorate top of dessert. This is done with a large decorating bag and a large star decorating tip. Doing this makes me far happier than it probably should.
But one must admit. It is pretty spectacular, no?
Serve with French press coffee for added pleasure. I won’t answer the timeless question of whether this lives up to it’s name or not but I am sure of one thing. A little foolin’ around will help burn the off calories afterward.