Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Favorite Dessert Recipe: Robert Redford

You can not find this dessert at a restaurant or in most cookbooks.  As a matter of fact, if you ask someone if they know of Robert Redford Dessert you will probably get a blank look.  When you see the recipe, some of you may remember having a similar dessert before though.  Mom made this recipe for me when I was a kid.  Eventually she told us that she made the name up because she likes Robert Redford.  More of that story some other time though.

I live near my wife's parents and every year my mother-in-law asks each one in the family what dessert each of us wants for our birthday.  Nancy has quit asking because it is pretty standard from year to year.  I've always asked her to make me a Robert Redford dessert.  For a while I tried get everyone to call it Julia Roberts, but no go - it didn't take. 

Anyway, in honor of my own birthday I want to give you the gift of my favorite dessert recipe -

Robert Redford Dessert Recipe

First Layer
1/2  Cup Melted Butter
1  Cup Flour, All Purpose
1  Cup Nuts, your favorite (I like pecans)
1  TBS Sugar

Preheat oven to 325° F.  Mix all the ingredients for the first layer and then press into a 9" x 13" pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Let cool.

Second Layer
1  Cup Powdered Sugar
8  Oz. Cream Cheese
1  Cup Whipped Cream (your favorite recipe or ready-made)

Mix all the ingredients for the second layer.  Spread evenly on top of the first layer.

Third Layer
1 1/2  Cups Chocolate Pudding (your favorite recipe or instant)
1 1/2  Cups Vanilla Pudding (your favorite recipe or instant)

Layer each pudding evenly on top of the second layer.

Fourth Layer
1 1/2  Cups Whipped Cream (your favorite recipe or ready-made)
1  Chocolate Bar, frozen (1 1/2 oz bar, your favorite - I usually use Hershey's)
1/2  Cup Chopped Nuts (your favorite, I like pecans)

Spread the whipped cream on top of the third layer creating a wavy finish.  Remove the chocolate bar from the freezer and shave it on top of the dessert.  If you are finishing with nuts, sprinkle those on top of the dessert.

Cool for an hour or two.  You can serve the dessert as soon as it is finished but it is actually better the day after you make it.

I hope you enjoy this dessert half as much as I do!