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Fire and….eh hem…

Again, it was firepitting (yes, I just made it a verb) this past weekend. Sparkly lights were strung, drinks were poured, delicious food was served.

And…..around that fire…was sex.

Sex….In a Pan.

What?

Sex in a Pan.

Believe it or not, a dessert. I just had to try this thing because, well, if it doesn’t have The Best Party Conversation Starter of a name, then I don’t know what does. I mean, really. Arrive at a party and announce that you have brought Sex in a Pan? Heads are sure to turn. You’ll be the hit of the potluck circuit.

Usually when I cook for a crowd, I don’t attempt a new recipe. We all know that this has potential to be a disaster. Big potential. BUT, when I found this recipe, it sort of seemed worth the gamble.

The ironic part, given it’s name, is that it’s totally a Diner Dessert, as I call them. Those desserts that really belong in a space that is head-to-toe chrome, has vinyl-y, very taut seats and a gum-clacking, ancient waitress. The diner that’s been around for a million years and is regarded as “an institution” in the town where it resides. You know those desserts they serve….pies with mile-high meringue, big round cakes rolled in coconut and puddings and tapiocas served in those fluted, clear sundae cups.

In the diner that I frequented with a friend when we were in high school (at very late hours) they served an Indian pudding that I went crazy for. It was served in those thick, white diner cups that also usually transport the noodle soup-of-the-day. Indian Pudding is an odd New England dessert. Molasses, cornmeal, maybe some raisins thrown in….all sort of steamed like a pudding but almost cake-like, too. Total comfort food. Especially at late, late hours when you are craving something off-the-wall.

This Sex in a Pan should be sitting next to the mile-high meringue. It would make any diner a destination. You’ll love it. It’s whip-creamy, chocolately, vanilla-ish and cookie-eque, too. All those lovely layers serving up comfort or if you wish, some naughtiness. Give it a sexy whirl (and yes, to all who know me and know that I prefer to cook things that are truly homemade ie. no boxed anything…sometimes, you just…just…have to cave).

Sex in a Pan-by Jo Cooks

Ingredients:

Crust
1 cup pecans, chopped
3 Tb. white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour

Cream Cheese Layer
1 (8oz) package cream cheese
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup whipped cream

Vanilla Pudding Layer
1 package of instant vanilla pudding (5.1 oz)
3 cups milk

Chocolate Pudding Layer
1 package of instant chocolate pudding (5.1 oz)
3 cups milk

Top Layer
2 cups whipped cream
shaved chocolate

Preheat oven to 350. Grease  a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Mix crust ingredients together and press mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes. Prepare the vanilla pudding per the instructions on the box. Prepare the chocolate pudding per the instructions on the box. In yet another bowl, mix the cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar and the cup of whipped cream. Mix until light and fluffy.

Let the crust cool. Then spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust  in an even layer. Next, spread the chocolate pudding over that. Then, the vanilla pudding goes on top of all of that. Then, top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

Refrigerate for a few hours to set.

(insert the Diner scene from “When Harry Met Sally” here)



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