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Chocolate Quad

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 12 to 15
Chocolate Quad

Crust

1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2

Mix the flour, butter and pecans with your fingers until the ingredients come together in a soft dough. Press the dough into the bottom of a 13-x9-inch baking pan; the crust will be very thin. Bake until the crust is a pale golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Assembly

1

Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 cup of the whipped topping. Carefully place small amounts of it across the cooled crust, then gently spread them in a thin layer. It’s OK if you pull up a little of the crust as you go.

2

Mix the chocolate pudding mixes and the milk together. Place small amounts of the pudding across the cream cheese layer, then carefully spread them in the same manner to the edges of the pan. Spread the remaining whipped topping on as the third layer.

3

Cover the dessert and chill it at least 2 hours. To serve, cut the dessert into squares and lift from the pan with a pie server or spatula.

This attractive, layered dessert is very rich! Though not a traditional soul food recipe, it is widely enjoyed by my family and friends in Houston. It’s also known as “The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford” dessert. Use more or less powdered sugar depending on how sweet you want the dessert.

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