I thought back to the very first recipe my Ma taught me to make. Ice Box Pudding. I asked Ma the other day about it. Why is is called Ice Box Pudding? Did her Mom make it? Ma said that her mother, Vincenza used to make this for them and the reason it is called Ice Box Pudding is because it was made in ice boxes.
“Refrigerators you mean?” I asked.
“No ice boxes that you used to make ice cubes in, those old metal trays with the lift out ice forms.” Ma said. Her mother used to make this in those metal trays without the ice molds then put in in the refrigerator to set. She said Mama used to only make one layer and it wasn’t until later that they would make the two layers in a bigger pan.
“We loved when Mama made this for us, it was so delicious.” Ma remembered.
“Did you use Jell-O pudding too?” I asked.
“Yes we had Jell-O back then!” Ma said.
I can remember making this as a child with the help of my Ma. We used an 8×8 pan because we did not have any of those ice boxes anymore. We did two layers; a chocolate pudding layer and a vanilla layer. I have allowed Daelyn do little things in the kitchen here and there so I thought her first recipe should be Ice Box Pudding. We used a 9×5 inch loaf pan, the closest thing to an ice box I could find. With out further adieu, here is Daelyn.
Daelyn was so proud of her dish. Here is what she had to say:
“Am I a good cooker mom?”
“Daddy, I made this dessert just for you!”
“Momma helped a little bit.”
What others had to say:
“This is the best thing you ever made, Daelyn.”
“This is delicious!”
Take time to make this with your kids. It is a comforting dish that reminds me of cooking with Ma and now Dae Dae!
For next week at Big Red Kitchen:
2 Cheap Chicks & $20 in Trader Joe’s: Can these two Cheap Chicks create a 3 dish meal worthy of company with just $20? Check back here on Monday 9/22 and over at the other Cheap Chick’s blog Kitchen Klique for the answer.
Big Red Kitchen goes Western for Supper Club. Come back next Wednesday 9/24 to see our Rootin’ Tootin’ good time and the best vittles this side of the Rockies!