Wow. We just loved this! The pudding was fabulously creamy and a little bit salty. The sweet streusel crumble and toasted pecan toppings complemented it perfectly.
This recipe was adapted from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book: Recipes for Irresistible Everyday Favorites and Reinvented Classics by Sarah Kieffer. I weighed the ingredients, when possible, omitted the rum or bourbon in the pudding, and modified the method.
Yield: Serves 8
For the Butterscotch Pudding:
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (99 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (99 g) packed light brown sugar
1 tsp fine sea salt
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup (28 g) cornstarch
8 T (1 stick, 113 g) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 4 pieces
1 T pure vanilla extract
1 T blackstrap rum or bourbon, optional (I omitted it)
For the Streusel Crumble: (Makes 1 cup)
48 g (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour
33 g (2 1/2 T) granulated sugar
33 g (2 1/2 T packed) light brown sugar
25 g (1/4 cup) old-fashioned rolled oats
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
3 T (43 g) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 3 pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup (27 to 57 g) whole pecans, toasted and chopped into small pieces
To Make the Butterscotch Pudding:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the granulated and brown sugars, salt, and egg yolks on low until combined.
Increase the heat to medium-high and beat until very thick, about 5 minutes.
Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add the cornstarch. Mix on low until combined.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk and heavy cream until just simmering. Remove from the heat and transfer to a medium liquid measuring cup with a pourable spout.
With the mixer running on low, slowly pour the hot milk-cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Beat until incorporated.
Transfer the mixture to a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring or whisking constantly, until the mixture becomes thick and begins to boil, 3 to 4 minutes.
Whisk for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture becomes the consistency of pudding and is glossy.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and rum, if using. Mix until the butter is completely melted.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap, making sure the wrap sits directly on top of the pudding (this will help keep it from forming a skin).
Place the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator until well chilled, at least 4 hours. While the pudding chills, make the streusel crumble.
To Make the Streusel Crumble:
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed quarter sheet pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugars, oats, salt, and cinnamon.
Add the butter and incorporate using a pastry blender until the mixture comes together but is still quite crumbly.
Place the streusel on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer; press into the pan.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely.
To serve, crumble into chunky pieces.
Divide the pudding between 8 ramekins and top with toasted pecans and streusel.
Pass additional streusel at the table, if desired.
My son is a major fan of creamy comfort food. He was obsessed with this pudding and its caramel notes. ❤ I loved all of the garnishes.
This recipe for this sweet treat was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. She was able to find the perfect ratio of milk to cornstarch to prevent grittiness. I found that the pudding had to cook a little bit longer to thicken.
I topped the chilled pudding with lightly sweetened freshly whipped cream, toasted and sweetened sliced almonds, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Next time, I may try candied pecans instead of almonds. 🙂 The original recipe includes several other options as well.
Yield: Serves 4
4large egg yolks
1/2teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4packed cup/165 grams dark brown sugar
1tablespoon unsalted butter
2cups/480 milliliters whole milk
1cup/240 milliliters heavy cream
1tablespoon bourbon or Scotch whisky, optional (I omitted it)
2teaspoons pure vanilla extract
freshly whipped cream, sour cream or crème fraîche, for serving (I lightly sweetened the whipped cream with confectioners’ sugar)
chopped candied ginger, sliced almonds, Demerara sugar, shaved chocolate, cocoa nibs or flaky sea salt, or a combination , for garnish, optional
Put egg yolks, cornstarch and salt into a large heatproof bowl (preferably with a spout), and whisk until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps. (I used a balloon whisk and a pyrex bowl with a spout.)
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar and butter, whisking, until the brown sugar melts, 1 to 2 minutes. (I used a sauce whisk so that I could get into the edges of the pan.) Let cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture starts to smell like hot caramel and darkens slightly, about 1 minute longer. (Don’t walk away, or the mixture may burn.)
Immediately pour the milk and cream into the pot. (It will bubble fiercely and seize up- the sugar clumps.) Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the clumps melt, 2 to 4 minutes.
Slowly whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking yolks until smooth, then whisk in the remaining hot cream mixture. Pour the egg-cream mixture back into the saucepan and place it over medium heat.
Cook pudding, whisking constantly especially around the bottom and edges of the pot, until it comes to a full boil. It is important to bring the pudding to a full, vigorous boil to activate the cornstarch. Otherwise, it may not set. (If you end up with thin, runny pudding, undercooking may have been the issue.) Also- it’s okay if the eggs curdle because the mixture is strained at the end.
Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring the mixture constantly, until it thickens enough to mound thickly on the spoon, 4 to 10 minutes. If at any point the pudding looks curdled, whisk to help smooth it out.
Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a heatproof container or bowl, then stir in the Scotch or bourbon, if using, and vanilla.
To prevent a skin from forming, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. (If you like the skin, don’t cover pudding until it cools.)
Chill for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
If garnishing the pudding with toasted sliced almonds, evenly spread them on a parchment paper-lined rimmed sheet pan; roast in a 400 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and place in a small frying pan. Top with granulated sugar, to taste, and cook over medium-low to medium heat just until the sugar melts and coats the almonds, about 1 to 2 minutes. Return to the lined baking sheet to cool.
When serving, spoon pudding into dishes. Top with dollops of whipped cream, sour cream or crème fraîche, and any of the optional garnishes. (I incorporated some confectioners’ sugar into freshly whipped cream.)
I am not sure that I would have tried this recipe if I hadn’t seen these fries made on an episode of America’s Test Kitchen. The method is unusual- the cut potatoes are coated in a cornstarch slurry prior to being baked. This coating allows a crust to form on the outside of the fries just like a deep-fried fry. They were crispy and delicious. I’ve made them twice already! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, via Brit.co. I doubled the recipe with the exception of the oil, used Maine gold potatoes, and cut the slices smaller than suggested.
Yield: Serves 4 to 5
vegetable oil spray
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes or Maine gold potatoes, unpeeled
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon coarse salt, or more, to taste
Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 425°F, preferably on convection roast.
Generously spray rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil spray. Pour oil into prepared sheet and tilt until surface is evenly coated with oil. (The oil spray contains a surfactant called lecithin, which prevents the oil from pooling and, in turn, prevents the potatoes from sticking. Using the oil spray also decreases the total amount of oil to 3 tablespoons, just enough to evenly coat the fries.) Note: If halving the recipe, do not modify the amount of oil used to coat the pan.
Halve potatoes lengthwise and turn halves cut sides down on cutting board. Trim a thin slice from both long sides of each potato half; discard trimmings.
Slice potatoes lengthwise into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick planks. (each potato slice should have 2 flat sides)
Combine 2/3 cup water and cornstarch in large bowl, making sure no lumps of cornstarch remain on bottom of bowl.
Microwave, stirring every 20 seconds, until mixture begins to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and continue to stir until mixture thickens to pudding-like consistency. (If necessary, add up to 1 tablespoon water to achieve correct consistency.)
Transfer potatoes to bowl with cornstarch mixture and toss until each plank is evenly coated.
Arrange planks on prepared sheet, leaving small gaps between planks. (Some cornstarch mixture will remain in bowl.)
Cover sheet tightly with lightly greased aluminum foil and bake for 12 minutes. (Covering the fries with foil ensures that they are fully tender by the end of the baking time.)
Remove foil from sheet and bake until bottom of each fry is golden brown, 7 to 15 minutes.
Remove sheet from oven and, using thin metal spatula, carefully flip each fry.
Return sheet to oven and continue to bake until second sides are golden brown, 7 to 15 minutes longer.
Sprinkle fries with 1 teaspoon salt. Using spatula, carefully toss fries to distribute salt.
Transfer to paper towel-lined plate and season with salt, to taste. Serve.
I have made many tried and true dinners and desserts during this quarantine period- more than usual. I was surprised to realize that I’ve never posted our gold standard and absolute favorite ice cream. This is it. 🙂
The recipe is from Food and Wine, contributed by Jeni Britton. I have made it for years! According to the recipe, the ice cream is exceptionally creamy from the inclusion of cornstarch to help thicken the base and cream cheese to make it more scoop-able. I confirm the results. Fabulous.