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.
I have my own Meyer lemon tree but I did have to purchase the lemons for this special treat- this year anyway. My tree is very sparse at the moment- and not that happy. 😦 Hopefully it will have many lemons sometime in the future! Anyway, I love individual desserts. These were silky, creamy and delicious.
This recipe was adapted from The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Such a beautiful and informational book. The lemon zest and juice can be replaced with Key lime zest and juice for a lime version. Alternate press-in cookie crust variations are included below as well. Very nice.
Yield: 12 mini pies
For the Brown Butter Press-In Cookie Crust:
113g / 4 oz / 8 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
50 g / 1/4 cup / 4 T granulated sugar
21 g / 1 large egg yolk
5 g / 1 tsp vanilla extract
210 g / 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 g / 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
15 g / 1 T water
For the Pielets:
1 recipe Brown Butter Press-In Cookie Crust (ingredients above)
99g / 1/2 cup granulated sugar
grated zest of 1 Meyer lemon
288g / 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
60g / 1/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
2g / 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1g / 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
lightly sweetened freshly whipped cream, for serving, optional
Meyer lemon zest, for garnish, optional
To Make the Crusts:
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter begins to simmer and foam, the milk solids turn brown, and the butter smells toasty, about 10 minutes.
Cool the butter to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the cooled brown butter and sugar on medium-low speed until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix on medium speed to combine. Scrape the bowl well.
Add the flour and salt and mix on low-speed until fully incorporated, 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Add the water and mix just until the dough is smooth, about 1 minute more.
Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C with a rack in the center.
Grease the cavities of a muffin pan with nonstick spray.
Divide the dough into 12 even rations in each cavity. (I used cookie scoops of various sizes.)
Use your fingers to press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of each cavity.
Use a small fork or tip of a paring knife to dock the dough all over.
Chill in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
Bake the crusts until they are lightly golden at the edges and appear set all over, 14 to 18 minutes. If the dough puffs up during baking, prick it with a fork when you remove the crusts from the oven so it lies flat again.
Cool crusts completely. Then, use an offset spatula to gently unfold the cooled crusts onto a baking sheet. They should release easily. (I found that rotating them helped release them from the pan- the top edges of my crusts did crumble a bit though- still delicious.)
To Make the Filling and Serve:
In a small pot, rub the sugar and the lemon zest together to combine.
Add the cream and heat over medium-low heat, whisking, to dissolve the sugar. Do NOT let the cream come to a boil.
Transfer the mixture to a large container with a pour spout and whisk in the lime juice, vanilla, and salt.
Carefully pour the custard into the cooled crusts, filling each one just over 3/4 full.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the filling is set, at least 2 hours (or up to 24 hours). Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream and garnish with additional zest, if desired, and serve.
The pielets can be made up to 24 hours ahead and kept refrigerated in an airtight container.
Any leftover filling can be chilled in a ramekin for a baker’s treat. 🙂
Alternate Press-In Crusts:
To Make an Oatmeal Press-In Cookie Crust: Replace the brown butter with room temperature butter. Replace the granulated sugar with 53 g / 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar. Replace 30 g / 1/4 cup of the flour with 74 g / 3/4 cup rolled oats.
To Make a Coconut Press-In Cookie Crust: Replace the brown butter with room temperature butter. Replace the granulated sugar with 53 g / 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar. Add 50 g / 2/3 cup toasted unsweetened shredded coconut with the flour.
This recipe was adapted from Gourmet, via Smitten Kitchen.com. I doubled the recipe to make 12 desserts, used lemon juice instead of zest, and used potato bread instead of white sandwich bread. I measured the berries prior to slicing them.
I loved the combination of browned butter with berries in these simple tarts. We ate them with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. They would also be wonderful served with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.
Yield: 6 muffin-sized desserts
3/4 stick salted or unsalted butter
1 tsp granulated sugar
6 slices potato sandwich bread or white sandwich bread, crusts removed
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp lemon zest, finely grated OR 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp coarse salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/2 cup panko
2 (generous) cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
vanilla ice cream or softly whipped cream, for serving
Preheat oven to 350°F, preferably on convection, with rack in middle.
Make the Brown Butter: In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, reduce heat to medium-low. The butter will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir frequently, scraping up any bits from the bottom as you do. Don’t take your eyes off the pot as while you may be impatient for it to start browning, the period between the time the butter begins to take on color and the point where it burns is less than a minute. Remove from heat.
Lightly butter muffin cups with some of brown butter, then sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Roll bread slices with a rolling pin to flatten.
Brush both sides with additional brown butter, then gently fit into muffin cups.
Stir together brown sugar, zest or juice, salt, and panko.
Add strawberries to the sugar mixture and toss to coat.
Stir in remaining brown butter.
Heap strawberry mixture into the prepared bread cups, pressing gently.
Cover pan with foil, place on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake 15 minutes.
Uncover and bake until strawberries are very tender, about 10 to 15 minutes more. (I baked mine for 12 minutes more.)
Let stand 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.
My daughter has been asking for an upside-down cake! When I spotted this seasonal recipe, and had all of the ingredients on hand, I made it to surprise her. 🙂 A springtime spice cake was such a nice change of pace. The spices worked nicely with the blueberries and pears too. The mini size was just the icing on the cake. 😉
This recipe was adapted from The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics. I used my pretty Daisy cupcake pan- so pretty!
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for tin
6 tablespoons light corn syrup
12 teaspoons packed light-brown sugar
3/4 cup fresh blueberries, picked over and rinsed
1 ripe Bartlett pear, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into thin wedges
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (I used freshly ground)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large whole egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees on convection.
Generously butter the cups and top of a muffin tin with six 8-ounce cups. (My 8-ounce cup muffin pan is a Daisy Pan! I used cooking spray instead of butter to coat the details more easily.)
Place 1 teaspoon butter in each muffin cup. Top each with 1 tablespoon corn syrup; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons light-brown sugar.
Arrange 7 to 9 blueberries in each cup.
Cut pear slices to fit the shape of muffin cups; place 4 or 5 pieces on top of the berries, spreading slices to cover berries.
Arrange remaining berries over the pears, and set tin aside. (I didn’t have leftover berries!)
Into a small bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat granulated sugar and remaining 5 tablespoons butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk; beat until smooth.
Combine the vanilla with the buttermilk.
With mixer on low-speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in two batches, alternating with the buttermilk mixture, and beginning and ending with flour.
Pour 1/3 cup batter over fruit in each muffin cup. Gently tap bottom of tin against counter several times to evenly distribute the batter.
Bake cakes until golden around the edges and a cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 17 minutes on convection, or up to 25 minutes in a standard oven. Remove from oven; let cool in tin.