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Vanilla Bean Pudding

3 Dec

To compliment my chocolate pudding, I decided to attempt a vanilla pudding recipe.  I used the same basic ingredients in the same basic formula, but I did reduce the amount of milk, since there was less dry ingredient than the chocolate recipe.

This recipe uses a vanilla bean, mostly because I found them at Costco and I’ve been looking for an excuse to use them.  But I know you could use vanilla extract (next time I’ll try it and let you know how much).  It lent a really nice fresh vanilla flavor, plus the pretty vanilla bean specks!

So here’s the basic recipe:

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut open and scraped

Again, the steps are simple (sorry, I didn’t take photos!):

  1. Stir together the dry ingredients in a pan.
  2. Add the milk and stir together.  This is also when you add the vanilla scrapings and the halves of the bean.
  3. Turn on the heat to medium.
  4. Stir, stir, stir.
  5. Repeat #4.
  6. Let the mixture come to a boil and let the cornstarch thicken up the whole thing.
  7. Remove the vanilla bean halves before you turn off the heat and transfer the whole thing to a bowl for cooling!

This has a nice fresh vanilla flavor and is not too sweet (just perfect!).  I didn’t even take a photo of the finished product, because to be honest it’s vanilla pudding, so it’s not terribly appetizing in a photo.  I think I’m going to find an excuse to make my grandmother’s zuppa inglese (an Italian dessert similar to a tiramisu, which involves layering ladyfingers with chocolate and vanilla pudding – and those of you who know Italian, please don’t ask…  I don’t have the faintest idea why a pudding dessert is called English soup!), and use the fresh pudding!

You could also make a fresh carmel sauce to drizzle over it…  It’s killer!

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