Butterscotch Budino

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In reality, this is just butterscotch pudding, but I prefer budino instead,  I believe it’s the Italian word for custard.  It makes this pudding a little more special.  Not that it isn’t special already! 

I keep typing butterscoth instead of butterscotch.  Ughhh

This is the first time I’ve madbutterscotch pudding, and it was so, so fun.  I don’t know….  I love making caramel since going through pastry school.  I used to e fear making caramel, but not anymore.  It’s nothing to be afraid of! 

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I made the “butterscotch” by slowly cooking dark brown sugar over medium to medium low heat until the sugar turned golden and put off a bit of smoke (some smoke is good!), then whisking in hot half-n-half.  The caramel mixture is used to make the custard with eggs and  cornstarch.  I finished the custard with a pinch of fleur de sel and vanilla paste (off to the heat to preserve the delicate flavor).

So good!  I wish I had some whipped cream to serve it with – sadly, I did not. 

Pudding is a good winter desert, don’t you think?  It’s so warm and comforting… humble, humble pudding.  Do you prefer pudding warm or cold?  I think I like mine chilled.  Next question: what is your favorite pudding?  I actually think I like rice pudding the best.  But I dunno… this butterscotch budino might have been better.

Stay tuned for butterscotch pudding cake!

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Butterscotch Budino

Ingredients:
3 large egg yolks
2 1/4 cups half-n-half, divided use
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8-1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel

Directions:
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 1/4 cup half-n-half and cornstarch until combined.
Heat the remaining half-n-half in the microwave until boiling.

Stir together brown sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Stop stirring, and bring to a boil.  Boil for about 5 minutes, or until sugar thickens and starts to turn golden brown.  The first bit of smoke that comes off the caramel is a sign you should whisk in the hot half-n-half.  Gradually whisk in the half-n-half until combined.  Temper the egg yolk mixture by gradually whisking a bit of the hot cream into the egg yolks, and whisking that mixture back into the saucepan.  Whisk and cook over medium-low heat until custard starts to thicken.  This will only take a minute or two.  Strain the pudding into a medium bowl; whisk in vanilla and fleur de del.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Makes 6 servings

28 comments:

  1. I used to like pistachio pudding as a kid...but now, I'm definitely on Team Rice Pudding. From the comforting, rich, cinnamony kind to light, fresh, cardamomy kheer, I love it all!

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    1. Pistachio pudding sounds really good too!

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    1. Aww thanks! I'm getting good use out of them, as you can see. :)

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  3. I love butterscotch budino! So yummy. Yours looks creamy and wonderful. The word budino is much better than pudding :) Glad to see your tweeting your posts again!

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    1. I'm trying to put more effort into tweeting Haha.

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  4. As a kid I always had butterscotch sundaes at Dairy Queen. Caramel is still my favourite although now I throw some slat in there.

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    1. That sounds fabulous! I can't say that I ever have eaten a butterscotch sundae.

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  5. I think it looks delicious like everything you post!!!

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  6. Rice Pudding here. I love butterscotch also though. Never had it homemade. Looks so yummy.

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    1. Who knew there were so many rice pudding fans?! Whoop!

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  7. Hey there! I wasn't able to fall asleep last night, so I made your Meyer's Lemon Cake and then instead of making the fig/amaretto topping I made the Raspberry Buttercream sauce that you originally paired with white chocolate cookies, but I never really managed to get the butter to un-lump in it. Baked in a heart-shaped spring form pan, an early Valentine's treat for the boyfriend. ;)


    Here's a picture!

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    1. I love the little hearts! Did it taste good? Sorry about the butter... I guess it wasn't soft enough?

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  8. I never make pudding... I wonder why, because I like it. I love this recipe, so I have a feeling I will be making it soon. Oh, by the way, budino is the Italian word for pudding (not custard), so you were right!

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  9. Oh, I love butterscotch anything and this looks so good but I live outside of the US and am not sure what half-n-half is. Is there a substitute for this?
    Thanks, Judy

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    1. Hi Judy, whole milk should work just fine. I believe whole milk outside of the U.S. is creamier anyway.

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  10. Wow butterscotch is disturbingly hard to type! Who knew?! And this looks wonderful. Like a hug in a bowl.

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  11. This sounds SO yummy! I rarely make homemade pudding but it's one of my favorite things. I love this homemade butterscotch flavor :)

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    1. I don't either. We should make it more!

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  12. Rice pudding is definitely my favorite but a beautiful bowl of creamy butterscotch pudding (or if I'm feeling fancy, budino) sounds wonderful!

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    1. Do you have a good rice pudding recipe?

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  13. I make butterscotch pudding parfaits...homemade butterscotch pudding, amaretto cookies and whipped cream...YUM

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