Sunday, April 4, 2010

Caramel Pudding


When I read Avanika’s blog post,I felt she was quoting my experience,except the part about braces.I had to extract my wisdom tooth a while back,not one but two.To say I was not worried would be a big fat lie.I was terrified and stressful the night before.I tried to stay calm and sat in the clinic chair as though I was the bravest person on earth!!If the doc came near to me before the injections,I am sure he would have heard my heartbeats..lol.

But,I have to admit-the process as a whole was relatively painless.Within fifteen minutes,two of the tooth were extracted and I had a stitch too.The silver lining was that,as soon as I got up from the chair,the doc asked me to eat ‘lots of ice-cream and milkshakes’the whole day and I could see whatever discomfort I had drifting away!!

I wish I had seen this pudding then!!


Never mind,better late than never and boy am I glad I tried this.Too good to believe.I absolutely love the caramel flavor and this is one easy pudding to try.

Caramel pudding
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted from Food & Wine

Ingredients [makes 4 small bowls]

4 cups milk, whole or 2%
5 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup [240 g] sugar

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the milk with the cornstarch, vanilla and salt until smooth. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar with 6 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil. Cook over moderately high heat, undisturbed, until a deep amber caramel forms, about 8 minutes. Do not leave the stove at any point, there are only ever a few seconds between perfection, and burnt, unusable caramel. Once you are satisfied with the color, remove the pan from the heat.
SLOWLY whisk in the remaining 3 1/2 cups of milk. You don't want to hurry this up, because the caramel will bubble up like an erupting volcano! Don't worry about the color, which will darken, that is what you want to achieve for maximum flavor! The caramel might clump up as well.
Once all the milk is added, return the pan to the stove, over medium low heat, to dissolve the clumped up caramel. Keep going until the mixture is slightly thicker, and the color has deepened, about 10 minutes.
Now add the milk cornflour mixture to the pan, while constantly stirring. The pudding will thicken up almost immediately, about 1 minute.
Pour into small bowls [keep the serving sizes small].
If you feel you couldn't get all the clumps out, or if you want perfection, you could strain the mixture. I didn't, and you couldn't tell. Also, if you want to avoid the pudding skin, you can lay plastic wrap directly over the bowl, touching the pudding to avoid its formation.
Serve chilled.
I topped the pudding with some coarsely crushed butterscotch chips.


To all my friends who celebrate...Happy Easter!!

21 comments :

  1. Wow, that was an awesome caramel pudding,a quickie too. Trip to dentists are always terrifying,we all sail in the same boat :):)

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  2. hey ...loved the look of the pudding ....im so making it...probably today.....thanks for sharing...this tooth thing is a pain i know...how much ever we care, there will be some bacterial attacks....and thats worse for teeth..:)

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  3. Iam making this today if time allows, or tomorrow...cant resist yaar...but will do half the quantity....Allenkil, i will have the whole stuff, at a go...I am sure...m literally drooling from here!

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  4. Wow, this sounds and looks so yummy !!! I will surely try it and bookmarked it :)

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  5. Dear the pudding looks so tempting and is a pretty easy to make too....thanks for sharing...what i like most is that no butter or egg is added....

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  6. Caramel pudding looks delicious.

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  7. Slurpppp!!! such a delectable caramel pudding..

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  8. As promised, just made this one@11 pm.....And oh my,i Just loved it warm, cant wait to have the chilled version...i used semi skimmed milk and used vanilla pod cos i ran out of vanilla extract!...i dint like the look of black vanilla seeds in, but it tastes amazing. cant wait to post...Thanks for posting this amazing simple recipe here da...

    By the way the cake that i made was huge, i dont have proper measuermnets written down, had to adjust here and there, but the taste was good.the lace dint come out good cos my white chocolate was hesitant to set even after 6 hours!!!!!Does it normally take so long?!how long does a melted white choc take to set?...any clue on that?

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  9. Must try this out..looks very good!

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  10. Pudding looks divine! btw how many servings you got from the recipe?

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  11. Divu, the pudding looks perfectly done, great-to-taste! Must-try..bookmarked!Tks for showcasing! (Dentist trips hv been on since I was 14 :( ~ wisdom tooth ditched me 5 yrs ago boohoo..last yr too i had root can. done uff..hope nothing more for next few yrs!)

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  12. Looks delicious! And I am so excited that I haven't made a mistake subscribing to Food & Wine! YAYY!

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  13. hey ...u know what...my pudding texture was like a thick custard...i owuld love to have your texture..and my colour was lighter too...but tasted awesome....may be i used semi skim?i think i will give a shot for caramel without adding water..that seasier i guess...i went to smitten kitten blog ans so many have different output for the same......such a simple pudding and so easy to go wrong i guess, isnt it?...

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  14. Gorgeous pudding Divs! I love anything with caramel. Will def try this sometime. It sounds so easy too, great!

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  15. The 2 nd pict is droolworthy! That is great dessert for kids!

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  16. divya the pudding looks ready to devour...bookmarked it!

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  17. What a delicious pudding! Absolutely tempting. I read with apprehension thinking about making caramel but I am glad this one is so simple.

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  18. Wow.. I'm so glad you made this!! It's a great relief to us 'problems of the teeth' people :P Love that you topped it with those chips!!

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