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Lemon Cloud Pudding A Fluffy Favorite For Four Decades

April 30, 2018

Anne Linko’s children loved her Lemon Cloud Pudding when they were kids.

Almost 40 years later, she’s still making it.

“I picked up the recipe and never stopped,” Linko said during a recent afternoon at her bright East Mountain home.

The Scranton woman came across the fluffy, sunny dessert in the newspaper nearly four decades ago and decided to try it. Her family, including her late husband and their three sons, ate up Lemon Cloud Pudding, and it became a staple dessert in their family.

Linko follows the original recipe to the letter and insisted it’s a simple but delicious dish.

“It’s really so easy,” she said. “A quick, light sweet that anyone could make.”

Airy and citrusy, Lemon Cloud Pudding tasted like a dream. The lemon flavor made for the perfect complement to the cool, creamy whipped topping. Linko’s guests that afternoon ate every bite of their dessert, and though it was cold and dreary outdoors, Lemon Cloud Pudding reminded them of sunshine.

Linko cooked dinners and created desserts for her family while her boys grew up, preparing such ethnic favorites as haluski, pierogi and pigs in the blanket. She also loves to host company and makes all kind of treats, including Banana Bread and Hawaiian Cake with pineapple, coconut and nuts. Each week, she makes and brings a different dessert to her hairstylist.

Linko also amps up her baking during holidays such as Christmas and Easter with seasonal favorites including nut roll with poppy and lekvar and more.

When not in the kitchen, Linko stays busy with volunteering and spends lots of time at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and as a companion with Telespond.

Though her boys have grown, they still enjoy their mom’s signature dessert. And with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren plus many friends, Linko has plenty of guests to try her creations, her most famous being her Lemon Cloud Pudding.

“It’s an oldie but a goodie,” she said.


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Anne Linko’s Lemon Cloud Pudding

1 package lemon instant pudding and pie filling

1 cup sour cream

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon sugar

Dash of salt

Whipped topping for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Beat slowly with rotary beater or electric mixer about 1 minute or until well blended. Chill and spoon into dessert cups. Top with whipped topping.