After posting some groundhog day treats, I felt very inspired to try something, so I looked around to see what I had on hand….and the only cookies I found were some Italian ladyfingers stashed away in the cupboard. I’ve never tried making tiramisu nor any other dessert with them, so this seemed like a good excuse to experiment with them a bit. There was no cream around, so I decided to use some vanilla yogurt and to make some home made pudding. It was supposed to be vanilla pudding, but at the last minute, I threw in some cinnamon to give it a flavor that I remember from Guatemala. Funny thing is, I was in such a rush to make the desserts (and I was on the phone at the same time) that I totally forgot to put in the butter and the vanilla! I scraped the bowl and ate the last little bit and it tasted fine to me…..so we’ll see how this dessert turns out….it will definitely be low-fat with no cream and no butter……
Here’s the pudding recipe I use, from Hershey’s Classic Recipes Book:
2/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder (optional)
2 and 1/4 cups of milk
2 Tbsp. butter or marg.
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
Pour into individual dessert dishes. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface; refridgerate. Remove plastic wrap. Garnish with whipped cream and nuts if desired. Makes 4 to 5 servings.
Instead of making chocolate pudding, I just added a piece of cinammon stick while the mixture was boiling. It gives a fairly strong cinnamon flavor. And I forgot the butter and vanilla!!! I love eating this pudding while it’s warm…it’s such a homey comfort food for me!!
Layering ladyfingers and hot pudding and then cream (or yogurt)…. Making the groundhogs: chocolate chips for cheeks, sliced almond tops for ears and teeth, candy melts for eyes and nose…. Happy Groundhog Day! We’ll see if he sees his shadow or not….not much light around here today, just snow and more snow…