Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving Pudding

As a child the thing I looked forward to the most about Thanksgiving was the layered pudding Mom made as one of the desserts. Wednesday evenings when we came home from school she would be cooking the top part in the double boiler, and I could hardly wait until it was time to eat it.

She would cover it and set it on the porch so it would chill well overnight. On Thanksgiving morning she would bring it inside and put it into the refrigerator. We always had church services in the forenoon and I would be sitting there thinking of the turkey stuffing and the pudding that was waiting for us at home. We never stayed very long to visit after Thanksgiving church but hurried home and got the rest of our meal ready.

This year I tried to make the pudding just the way Mom used to. It was just as good as I remembered and will be making it's way onto our Thanksgiving table in the years to come. It's a tradition that I am comfortable hanging on to.

Thanksgiving Pudding

Bottom layer:
2/3 cup orange jello
1 cup boiling water
½ cup cold water
½ cup ice (approx 8 cubes)
1- 20 oz can crushed pineapple drain all juice off and set aside

Dissolve jello in boiling water. Add cold water and ice. Stir until ice is melted. Add drained crushed pineapple. Pour into a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate until firm.

Middle Layer:

1- 8 oz extra creamy Cool Whip
1- 8 oz softened cream cheese

Beat Cool Whip and cream cheese together and spread carefully across the firm jello layer. Return to refrigerator.

Top Layer:

1 to 1½ cup pineapple juice that was reserved when you drained the crushed pineapple for the bottom layer.
Add water to pineapple juice until you have two cups full.
1 cup sugar
3 slightly rounded Tbsp flour
3 beaten egg yolks
Stir all together with a wire whisk and bring to a gentle simmer in the top of a double boiler or another saucepan if you are willing to stir without ceasing. Simmer until thickened. remove from heat and cool. After it's nice and cool spread on top of cream cheese layer and refrigerate until ready to serve.



  1. This sounds wonderful--I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe. ( :

  2. Love your tasty pudding memory! And I'd love the pudding itself, too!

  3. What a lovely memory to hold on to and pass on.

  4. It looks so delicious, I could eat it with my eyes.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories.
    The Thanksgiving pudding sounds yummy. I wonder if your mother made the recipe up or found it someplace?

  6. What a wonderful memory! Even better you have the recipe and your sharing it with us. If it taste as good as it looks, we are all in for a Christmas treat!

  7. Yum~that sounds so good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    And thank you for visiting my blog. I"ve been looking around yours and really like it! I love your child's grocery list:)

  8. Sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  9. That looks so good! Thanks for the comment on my blog, I'm glad you stopped by. Also good to know I'm not the only one with a list of damaged items courtesy of the beloved family canines. :)

  10. Any time you combine cream cheese with whipped cream, you've got a winner!!!!! Can't wait to try this! I made a thing for Thanksgiving that had a "middle" like that but didn't even think to take pictures. You know what I like best about this post is that it tasted like you wanted it to - you didn't go to all that trouble and think, 'Wow, this is not how I wanted it to be'. GREAT job!! ♥

  11. That looks good! Food traditions can bring back a lot of memories.

  12. I will have to give this a try, it sounds really yummy!
    Sunny :)

  13. Thank You for posting this recipe. I had this at a church during an baby shower ( I believe) and it was so good but I have never been able to find a recipe close to it.
    This sounds like it might just be the one.

  14. My grandmother had a recipe for something very similar to that, but she put graham crackers between each of the three layers. It's one of my favorite summer desserts - our girls called it Ribbon Cake.


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