Although it may still feel like winter here in the Puget Sound, Imbolc really is right around the corner. Imbolc is a holiday that is a representation that spring is coming near and its light is starting to move in on the dark of winter. There are many Imbolc traditions out there and many of them involve food.
Just like many holidays, the mood of Imbolc is set, in part, by its food. Nothing really says spring like the bright yellow of a lemon or the taste of the sweet and sour citrus. This Imbolc lemon dessert should certainly help put a spring in your step and help you work with the energies of the spring to come.
You will need:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecans
2 cup frozen whipped topping
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces softened cream cheese
6 ounces instant lemon pudding mix
3 cups whole milk
Make sure to prepare this treat a few hours before you plan to serve it as it will need chill.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Start by making the crust. Combine the flour, butter and chopped nuts. It will be a loose and slightly dry dough. Press the dough into a greased 9 by 13 glass pan. Bake the dough, which will be your crust, for 12 to 15 minutes. Once it is out of the oven, set it aside to cool.
To make the filling combine 1 cup of the whipped topping, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and a dash of salt. Try not to over mix these, but make sure that they are combined fully. Spread this mix over the cooled crust and set it aside. The second part of the filling is made by combining the pudding mix and milk. Beat them together for about 2 minutes and then slowly pour it into the crust. Chill it for at least 30 minutes.
Once it is chilled you can top it off with the rest of the whipped topping. To make it extra spring like you can garnish it with nuts and thin slices of lemon. Once it really feels like it is starting to bring in the feelings of Imbolc cover it and let it chill for several more hours before serving. This sweet spring treat will be a great thing to share with friends, family or pot luck after Imbolc candle blessings.
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