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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Butterscotch Pudding



There are many things I have learned to make from scratch since starting this blog. I began as a novice baker, and now, I've baked all kinds of cakes, cookies, brownies, blondies, frostings, fillings, ice creams, truffles, and more. One thing, however, I had not tried until yesterday, was pudding. The instant kind is so easy, I just never saw the need to make my own. But when it came up in Sweet Melissa Sundays and I saw how simple the recipe looked, I decided to give it a try.

The one thing that made me nervous was boiling the granulated sugar and water down to an amber colored syrup. I have tried in the past and wound up with clumpy, burnt, sticky messes far too many times. This time, though, everything went smoothly. I watched it like a hawk and stirred it constantly (even though the recipe didn't say to... but I was afraid of it sticking!). When it started to turn the color of clover honey, I immediately took it off the heat and it was fine.



I made the recipe according to the book with two minor changes. One, I used fine sea salt instead of table salt (much yummier). Second, I used all half-and-half instead of heavy cream and milk.

Judging by Daniel's reaction, I'd say my first pudding-making was a success! It is very sweet, but very good. Perfectly smooth consistency and mild butterscotchy-caramelly flavor.



Don't forget to see how it came out for the other SMS bakers! And make sure to visit Jennifer's blog, Maple N' Cornbread, to see the recipe for Melissa's Butterscotch Pudding.



PS - Just wanted to let you all know we have a Valentine's apron on TheSmartBaker.com. We have added a cute little heart detail to the pocket of the monogrammed aprons! Go check it out!

11 comments:

Susan said...

Glad your first time making pudding was a success! I really loved the flavor of this.

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for experimenting in the kitchen with me this week!! Im glad the pudding was a success for you and your husband! Beautiful photos!! Thanks for the link on the apron too, off to check it out :)

Megan said...

I've only made Dorie's butterscotch pudding (which was marvelous) but I didn't realize there was one in the SM book. Thanks for letting me know how good it is!

tiny house plans said...

This is a nice pudding recipe! Thanks for sharing! The photo made me drool!

Nina said...

oh yum! it looks awesome!

HanaĆ¢ said...

Congratulations! That's a great first pudding. Great color and the texture is spot on too. Try making creme brulee sometime. One of my favorites :o)

Rosy said...

They look great! Interesting that it worked well with half and half too - might try that next time. If you need caramel-related advice, I love David Lebovitz's blog post on the subject! How I (eventually) stopped burning every batch I ever made! x

oneordinaryday said...

Butterscotch always reminds me of my mom. : ) Looks great!

The Food Hunter said...

I'm having a total pudding craving now!

The Bahens said...

I'm glad yours turned out to be a hit! Lovely pictures.

Ingrid said...

It's amazing how far we've come, huh?! I haven't made homemade pudding yet either but I did bake a pudding cake tonight! Your pudding looks terrific and I love that butterscotch caramley flavor.
~ingrid

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