Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Adventures in Cooking: Homemade vanilla pudding

It's no secret, I don't cook much - I mainly fix convenience foods or easy to make recipes.

It's not that I don't like to cook, but somehow, I've gotten out of the "habit" of cooking.

Sometimes, reading a recipe is like, well, how it was when I started learning Greek in seminary - literally a foreign language.

So, yesterday, as I looked (unsuccessfully) for another treat, I realized, surprise surprise, I had all of the ingredients necessary to make homemade vanilla pudding.

So, on the second day of the great "blizzard of 2011" I decided to fix pudding for my evening dessert.

While I found this recipe in my grandma's "The Microwave Guide & Cookbook," I made (gasp) using my stove. How very retro of me right?

It starts with 3/4 C. of sugar, 2 T. of cornstarch
and 1/4 tsp. of salt.

Add  in 2 C. of milk. 

Mix until smooth, clear and thickened. 
Here's a clue - stir it constantly, because well,
it will scorch on the bottom of the pan.

 Next, prepare 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten OR 1 egg, well beaten.
When the pudding mixture is hot, (and smooth, clear and thick),
add a little bit of the hot mixture to the egg before
putting the egg into the pudding.

Note: you do this, I believe, so the egg doesn't cook 
as it hits the pudding and turn into egg drop soup like eggs!.

Cook it until it's smooth and thick.
Note: Remember, to keep whisking,
because well, it turns a bit brown if you let it scorch.

Then remove from heat and
add 2 T. of butter and 1 tsp. of vanilla.

Pour into four bowls and serve.
There ya go.
How to make homemade vanilla pudding in six easy steps.

With a few modifications, you can make it chocolate - with more sugar and unsweetened chocolate; or
butterscotch with brown sugar and additional butter.

It was a fun way to end a long, yet productive day.

Now I just need to (re)learn how to make something more healthy!

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