Just Desserts

Today I will be offering two desserts for our Food Friday spotlight. I am sure you will all agree that there are few of us out there who don’t like a bit of sweetness in our day. Missionaries need it just as much as we do, so I am including some very simple dessert recipes so they can feed that need for some comfort food after a long hard day out on the footpaths.

The first recipe is from a very good friend of mine, Paula. Impossible Pie is an amazingly easy recipe. It is a kind of baked egg custard with a lovely crunchy coconut topping. While I am not an egg custard kind of girl, I really enjoyed the coconut topping on this one!

Paula and I go a long way back to a day as single girls navigating the, sometimes depressing, path of dating and identity creation (glad to report that it was all worth it in the end). In fact, you may remember the pancakes recipe I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, I have to admit that the idea was not uniquely mine.

It was in Paula’s tiny flat (apartment) back in the 80’s that the idea of pancakes with the YSA was born. Paula, a very hardworking nurse at the time, would often work a full shift, come home and get ready to go out with the girls. Then she and her roommates would have anything from 6-20 YSA come back to her place and serve up pancakes for everyone till after midnight. When the last person left she would grab a couple of hours sleep, and then head out for another grueling shift of work. Some fantastic memories were created as a result…thanks Paula.

The second recipe is from one of our missionary mums over at the LDS Missionary Moms Email group. Angie explained to me that she is a type 2 diabetic, and is in the process of writing a low carb/sugar free cookbook (stay tuned, I am sure we will hear more about that here). She has kindly offered to share many of those recipes – particularly those ones that will suit the missionary lifestyle. 

I have not included a picture of Angie’s recipe for Frozen Pudding Dessert, as one of its main ingredients, cool whip, is not available here in New Zealand (nor I think in Australia). But with so many of our missionaries serving in the US, I thought it still worthwhile including. So thank you Angie for sharing and we look forward to more of your recipes. If any of the missionary mum’s try this, then I would love for you to send a photo for me to include here


Impossible Pie
By Paula

Impossible Pie served with New Zealand’s Hokey Pokey ice cream – YUM!


 ½ cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
4 eggs
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla


 Blend all ingredients together.  Pour into greased pie dish.  Bake at 180C (350F) for one hour until centre is firm.  The flour settles to form a crust; the coconut forms the topping and the centre is an egg custard filling.  Serve with cream or ice cream.

**If you prefer it less eggy, then I would use small eggs, and add a bit more flour and milk to the recipe.


Frozen Pudding Dessert
By Angie


Low carb and sugar free version…
1 box of your favorite sugar free pudding
1 1/2 cups milk ( I use Hood’s or Almond milk)
1 x 8 oz container of cool whip…..mix it all up and freeze !

The regular version would be….
1 box of your favorite pudding
1 ½ cups milk
1 x 8oz container of cool whip (or store brand)

Mix it all together and freeze.

Printable Recipe:

Download Word Doc with colour image – Impossible Pie and Frozen Pudding Dessert with photo

Download Word Doc without colour image – Impossible Pie and Frozen Pudding Dessert without photo.

I am fast coming to the end of my recipe resources for Food Friday Missionary Meals, so if you have a recipe you would like to include here then please email me at macytraine1@hotmail.com, or leave a comment below. Remember, anything that is quick, easy, and tasty will fit the profile.


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