So I'll admit, I've never really thought of butterscotch pudding beyond the box. But I decided to try some for dessert at a new restaurant called Brasa Rotisserie on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, MN. It's actually the second one in the Twin Cities but it's also on my way to work, which is convenient.
I decided to try making it at home by scouring the internet and found a simple enough recipe to try. It's pretty good, but reminded me more of vanilla pudding than butterscotch. After a little more research, it looks like the best recipes carmelize the brown sugar and butter instead of just mixing it in as this recipe calls for. But either way, if you want to ditch the box and try making pudding at home, this is a nice and easy recipe to try.
3 cups whole (full fat) milk
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch (corn flour)
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Garnish: Lightly sweetened whipped cream and butterscotch chips
First, rinse a medium-sized heavy saucepan with cold water and then shake out the excess water. Doing this step prevents the milk from scorching or so they say. Then pour the remaining 2 1/2 cups of milk into the saucepan and bring just to a boil. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to avoid scrambled eggs, until the mixture is smooth. Transfer the pudding mixture to a clean large, heavy bottomed saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of mayonnaise (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla extract.
Pour into 4 bowls or large ramekins. As you pour there may be lumps toward the bottom of the pan so try to avoid those. The pudding can be served warm or if chilling, press plastic wrap onto the surface of the warm puddings to prevent a skin from forming. If you like the skin, simply leave the pudding uncovered until cooled, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The puddings can be made a day or two ahead of serving. Garnish each pudding with a large dollop of softly whipped cream.
Makes 4 servings. But stay tuned as I plan to try a recipe that requires carmelization of the sugar.