Easy to fix dessert for summer


June 18, 2008|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to The Sun

Anna Mae Stevens of Middleport, Pa., was looking for a recipe she misplaced for something she called Lemon Lush. It was a no-bake dessert made with lemon pudding and whipped topping in a graham-cracker crust.

Janet Machulcz of Westminster sent in a recipe she had for a lemon dessert, and although it does not match the exact description of what Stevens was looking for, it comes pretty close. She says she has made it numerous times, that "it comes together very easily" and it has always been a favorite of her sons-in-law.

Her recipe is made with a flour crust, but a graham-cracker crust certainly could be substituted if that was your preference. I added a teaspoon of lemon zest to the pudding mixture just to give it some extra zing. This is an easy make-ahead dessert that would be ideal to serve at just about any summer gathering.

Lemon Lush

Serves 12

CRUST: 1 cup flour

1/4 pound margarine, melted

1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

1 tablespoon sugar


1 cup confectioners' sugar

one 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

2 (8-ounce) containers Cool Whip, thawed (divided use)

2 (3.4-ounce) boxes instant lemon pudding

3 cups milk

2 tablespoons chopped nuts for garnish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. To make the crust, mix flour, margarine, nuts and sugar to form a dough. Press into the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake until lightly brown, about 15 minutes. Cool.

For the filling, blend confectioners' sugar, cream cheese and 1 cup Cool Whip until smooth. Spread evenly over crust.

Beat the 2 boxes of lemon pudding with the milk until thick, about 3 minutes. Pour evenly over the first layer.

Top with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Per serving: 445 calories, 5 grams protein, 28 grams fat, 15 grams saturated fat, 45 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 26 milligrams cholesterol, 273 milligrams sodium

recipe request

Dee Dee DeyErmand of Annapolis is hoping someone may have the recipe for the Chicken Chow Mein that was served at the Hutzler's basement lunch counter in Baltimore many years ago.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@baltsun.com. If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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