Near the end of COOKING UP TROUBLE, Tessa makes pudding parfaits for Ian’s open house. My friend gave me a recipe for what she called “Yummy Dessert.”

Here it is:

Puff Pudding Berry Parfait

Thaw one sheet of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry in the refrigerator overnight.

Unfold on floured board & cut dough along the fold lines.  You’ll have 3 long strips of dough.

Cut those 3 strips into fourths, so that you have 12 squares.

Put on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  When golden brown, remove from oven and let cool.  When cool, pull each pastry in two, so that they’re thin pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk together:

2 pkg. instant French vanilla pudding
3 c milk
1 pint whipping cream
1 c powdered sugar

In a parfait glass or bowl, alternate layers of the shells, the pudding mix, and fresh raspberries or blueberries.

 

Welcome to Mill Pond and small-town country living, filled with fresh air, fresh food, and plenty of fresh gossip—especially when it comes to romance…It’s impossible not to notice when someone new shows up in Mill Pond. Especially someone as obviously out-of-place as Ian McGregor. His stylish suit and fancy car scream “city slicker.” And when Tessa Lawrence discovers he can’t even change a tire, she has no choice but to help. That’s just what the locals do. And when she finds out Ian’s her new neighbor, of course she’s obliged to invite him to dinner too…

Turns out Ian’s come from New York to open a luxury resort on the property next door to Tessa’s farm, where she grows berries and sells her famous jams and delectable baked goods. But despite their quickly growing friendship and temptingly close proximity, Tessa plans to keep things with Ian strictly neighborly. For one thing, Ian’s got a fiancée who, unlike Tessa, doesn’t have dirt under her nails. Plus, Tessa knows from bitter experience that a guy this gorgeous is all too likely to break a simple country girl’s heart. Even if he’s as sweet as one of her cinnamon buns—and equally hard to resist…

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