I wait every year for the blood oranges to make their way to the chilly East Coast. I wanted to make a dessert that used them in two ways: straight up in their bawdy glory, but also as a more subtle flavor element. This is nursery food for adults -- the pudding is rich but not especially sweet. I like it chilled, but warm pudding with chilled or room-temperature blood orange sections is pretty swell, too. —calendargirl
4-6 servings, depending on size (roughly 3 cups pudding)
half and half
eggs, lightly beaten (If you are feeling particular, which I sometimes am, you can remove the little strings -- called chalazae)
scant 1/2 cups
fine sea salt
tablespoons fresh blood orange juice, strained if you'd like (about the amount from one blood orange)
Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until smooth and well blended.
In a medium bowl or two-cup measuring cup with a spout, mix the cream, half & half, and eggs.
Put the pan on medium heat and add the egg/cream mixture, whisking to prevent lumps. Once the two mixtures have been combined, stir constantly until the pudding thickens. This will take about 7-10 minutes. Don't let it boil and be sure your spoon reaches all corners of your pan. A wooden spoon is my favorite tool for this, but a heat-resistant spatula or thin whisk is great, too.
When the mixture thickens, turn off the heat, add the blood orange juice and mix thoroughly. Pour into individual ramekins (or a single 3-cup container) and place blood orange sections on top. Refrigerate until chilled and ready to serve.