Most Americans have barbecue feasts for family and friends. So I thought I'd share a family recipe that's a great cool dessert for a holiday barbecue.
Pistachio Cream Cheese Cake
This is a 4 layer dessert that's super easy.
Layer 1 (This is a cookie layer that forms the base.)
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 stick + 1 tablespoon butter, chilled
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Mix the flour, sugar, and pecans. Grate the butter into this and mix well. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Bale at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Whip 2 cups heavy cream.
Whip together 8 ounces softened cream cheese and 2/3 cup powdered sugar.
Fold half the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and blend.
Spread this mixture on the cookie base (Layer 1)
In a mixer, beat 2 1/2 cups cold milk and 2 packages instant Pistachio Pudding until thickened. Spread this on top of the whipped cream, cream cheese mixture.
Spread rest of the whipped cream on top of everything. If you like, sprinkled more chopped pecans over the top.
Chill at least a couple of hours. Everyone will love this cold dessert. If you want to switch it up, use lemon or chocolate pudding mix instead of pistachio.
Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday.