I didn’t see my son, Lance Corporal Eric Harris, for more than two years after he enlisted in the Marines after high school. And when I saw him for the first time at the airport last fall, I just grabbed hold of him and busted out crying. When we got home, the first thing he ate was two bowls of my banana pudding. He’s a true Southern boy! It’s a dessert, but you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. —Stephanie Harris, Montpelier, Virginia
Topped with a rich buttery sauce, this fruity molded pudding was an ideal end to our meal. The traditional dessert brought back memories for many whose mothers and grandmothers prepared similar delicacies.
—David Bostedt, Zephryhills, Florida
When we're out in the fields on hot summer days, our family always looks forward to coming in to a cool, refreshing bowl of strawberry ice cream. But even when it's cold outside, we seem to find an excuse to make this treat!
"MY DAD was the ice cream maker at our house. We had an old-fashioned freezer that had to be cranked by hand, and he took great delight in turning the handle until the ice cream was just right! With the addition of fresh fruit that he picked in a nearby orchard, this was a very special treat."
This wonderful light and lovely dessert is our standby at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The subtle taste of pumpkin and the refreshing ice cream make a most delicious after-dinner treat. —Gayle Lewis, Yucaipa, California
Whenever a friend or relative was ailing, my mother-in-law would bake some fresh custard and take it along when she visited. Because she brought folks this special treat so often, our family began calling it "get-well" custard!
This angel food cake has a completely different texture than the ones made from a mix. My family enjoys it all year long, either plain or topped with berries and whipped cream. —Lucile H. Proctor, Panguitch, Utah
Caramel pudding was always a favorite in the family when I was growing up, now I enjoy making it for my family. My grandmother often cooked "from scratch", and she still does.
As you can see from this recipe, it uses a good many "on-the-farm" products, which made this tasty treat even more enjoyable—we'd get to eat the fruits of our labor!
This creamy pudding turns out perfect every time! It's quick and easy to make, and the result is an old-fashioned pudding that's great for an after-school snack or to use as a base for many delicious desserts.
"This colorful dessert reminds me of Dorothy singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'," relates subscriber Pat Habiger, who notes that one sweet bite of this cake always takes her far away from her home in Spearville, Kansas —and deposits her in the land of "aahs"!