A Southern Grace: lush-ious

May 25, 2017



Butterscotch lush. I can't help it. I associate the word "lush" with someone who drinks too much.

Most (normal) people would think of its pleasant meanings first--very rich, providing enjoyable sensory pleasure, growing in great abundance, etc. Fortunately for me, after having this dessert which someone cleverly named using the term "lush", I'll henceforth think of delicious, sweet things whenever I see that word.

After making cherry delight twice in three weeks and relishing it very much, I came across a recipe for something extremely similar but focusing on the flavor of butterscotch pudding rather than cherries. I happen to LOVE butterscotch pudding, so the idea of combining it with a buttery graham cracker crust and a creamy topping sounded very good indeed.

I sort of inverted the layers used in the recipe that inspired this creation. I thought the pudding would be best underneath the fluffy cream cheese mixture instead of on top. Granted, I haven't tried it the other way, but I'm not sure it could be any better than what this method yielded. I really liked the crunchy toasted pecans as garnish, too, though I would recommend adding them to each slice right before you serve or eat it--they can get soggy and crunchless pretty quickly.

Luscious Butterscotch Lush
(printable recipe)
Serves 12
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ground or finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) instant butterscotch pudding
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • Chopped toasted pecans, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 7x11-inch pan and set aside.
Stir together the graham cracker crumbs, ground pecans, melted butter, and sugar in a medium bowl (or pulse them all together in a food processor).
Transfer the crumb mixture into the prepared pan and press out in an even layer on the bottom of the dish.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then let cool completely.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butterscotch pudding mix with the milk on low speed until thick; spread this on top of the cooled crust.
To make the topping, beat the cream cheese until smooth and then gradually beat in the powdered sugar.
Fold in the whipped topping just until combined and no streaks remain.
Spread the cream cheese layer on top of pudding.
Garnish with chopped pecans if desired.


Angie's Recipes said...

That creamy topping looks luscious!

Pam said...

It looks great! I've made chocolate lush and lemon lush, but never butterscotch. It's on the list now!

Juliana said...

Oh Grace, this is total torture...looking at this and not being able to reach...I love all the layers, especially the pecans in the crust.
Have a wonderful rest of the week :)

Gloria Baker said...

OMG ! I want a piece now!! Look awesome and delicious Grace!!

Alicia Foodycat said...

People in Wales & the West Country use the term "proper lush" a lot - I find it really endearing. And this looks proper lush.

Marjie said...

I adore butterscotch! This looks just wonderful. I'll have to try it.

Kelsie said...

I totally think of a lush as someone who drinks too much, too! "Lush" definitely doesn't conjure images of gorgeous desserts for me. But oh boy, I think it might now. This lush sounds soooo good Grace! So good! Have a great weekend!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Grace!
Thought I would pop by to see how things are going. Looks like you're still posting lusciousness!!! Thank you so much for sharing...

La cucina di Esme said...

una proposta veramente ottima !
buon week end

Marcelle said...

I'm afraid I'd need supervision around this dessert, Grace. My kids too... But, I will definitely try this soon! We Love butterscotch too!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

This sounds great! I love butterscotch, but rarely make anything to enjoy this flavor.

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

Looks great Grace. We were out recently and had an amazing butterscotch pudding so I know how good it can be!