Butterscotch Pudding

Several months ago, I visited a Jar, a steakhouse, during dine LA.  It was the first time I had eaten a steak since I was a teenager, and while good, what stole the show was the butterscotch pudding they served for dessert.  I said at the time: “Once it cools down, I’m going to make this for the first person who comes over to my house to eat.  I will make you some butterscotch pudding and you have to eat it.”  And I came through.  It was delicious, and easy!  And I’m not on the primal diet anymore, fyi.

Butterscotch Pudding

(via David Lebovitz who took it from someone else etc etc.)

4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2½ cups whole milk
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons whiskey (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter, then add the dark brown sugar and salt and mix well.  Remove from heat.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the milk until smooth, and then whisk in the eggs.

3. Gradually pour the remaining milk into the melted brown sugar while whisking.  Then add the cornstarch mixture.

4. Return the pan to heat and bring to a boil while whisking.  When it bubbles, reduce heat to low and whisk until the pudding thickens to the consistency of a hot fudge sauce.  This is sort of the magic stage, because it will be very thin and milky one moment, and all of a sudden become quite thick and pudding-like the next.  It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and whisky if using.  Chill for several hours before serving.  If you are fancy, you can put the pudding in individual glasses to chill, so that each person gets her own. If you are not fancy, you can just put it in one big bowl, and your guests can just dig into it for their individual portions, like depraved animals.

6. Before serving, place some shaved chocolate on top.  To get nice shaved chocolate, place a big piece of baking chocolate upside down on a cutting board (so that the side facing you is smooth).  Then, scrape the chocolate with your knife towards you while holding the edge, almost as if you were ‘peeling’ the chocolate.  Learned that from Jamie Oliver.

Ta da!

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Look how fancy it is!  It tasted really good too, and everyone was happy to get their own little chilled portion, that told them, ‘you are not a depraved animal, but rather a rather sophisticated, elegant and fancy animal’.


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