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My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Low-fat, low suger treats

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Submitted recipes by Tickle Ragland of Hodgenville

By Mary Alice Holt

By MARY ALICE HOLT

Tickle Ragland of Hodgenville has sent us two more recipes that are low in fat and low in sugar. Since Tickle is a diabetic, she’s always on the lookout for such recipes.

The Easy Custard recipe (pictured) was given to her many years ago before she was diabetic by an older woman living in Bowling Green. Tickle’s son calls it Career-Woman Custard.

His grandma made the kind made with raw Jersey milk and stood over the stove stirring the mixture. This is much easier. Tickle says she often calls it the "lazy wife" kind. Whatever name you use, Tickle says her nine grandchildren love it.

This isn’t the kind of custard that’s like a pudding; it’s the kind you serve in a cup and drink. I grew up always having this kind of custard at Christmas time. My grandmother would make it, and we would have it at our family Christmas gathering. I remember trying to take a sip of my dad’s custard after mine was emptied and getting a stern “No!” I found out later it was because the grown-up folks were adding a little bourbon to their custard.

Mary Alice Holt can be reached at 505-1751, or at maholt@thenewsenterprise.com.

Easy Custard

6½ cups low fat milk (Tickle uses 1 percent milk)

½ cup sugar (Tickle substitutes ¼ cup Splenda for ¼ cup of the sugar)

1 large package instant vanilla pudding (Tickle uses the sugar-free Jell-O brand)

8 ounces whipped topping (Tickle prefers the sugar-free Cool Whip)

Beat all ingredients together except for the whipped topping. Then fold in the whipped topping until it is blended in. Store in the refrigerator and stir before serving. Tickle says she usually puts it all in a blender and mixes it well before refrigerating. The artificial sweetener doesn’t mix in as smoothly as the sugar.

Low-Fat Banana Pudding

2 small boxes sugar-free vanilla pudding mix (Tickle prefers the Jell-O brand)

2½ cups skim or 1 percent milk

8 ounces sugar-free whipped topping, thawed

1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise (Tickle likes Miracle Whip)

1 8-ounce container of fat-free or light sour cream

4 bananas, sliced

1 box vanilla wafers (reduced fat if desired)

Mix pudding and milk together. Add whipped topping, mayonnaise and sour cream and mix well until smooth. Layer half of the vanilla wafers, bananas and pudding. Then repeat layers with pudding on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.