There's this dessert that has taken Philadelphia by storm..its a Salted Caramel Butterscotch Budino. Chef Marcie Turney, who is a genius, makes it. As soon as you taste it you know that you will wake up in the middle of the night with a mad desire to have just one more bite! It's like god in dessert form, and heretic that I am, I am riffing off Marcie's fabulosity with this budino in a jar with the flavor of a Snickers bar, because Snicker's bars are delicious in their own way.
These are perfect for middle of the night eating in bed, if you indulge in such behavior, especially if you use the mason jars with lids, keeps everything nice and tidy till morning. - Aliwaks —Aliwaks
Test Kitchen Notes
The Snicker's Jar Budino perfectly layers the delightful flavors of a Snicker's bar with everyone's favorite, pudding! I would sub in unsalted butter as using salted butter I found made the budino a tiny bit on the salty side. As noted in the head note, this is the ideal treat to curl up on the couch with or sneak a few bites of at midnight. —rebecca_mongrain
packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 cups
Half & Half
vanilla extract or vanilla paste or vanilla powder (which is what I used today)
finely chopped toasted hazelnuts or peanuts
graham cracker crumbs
tablespoons unsalted butter
cajeta or dulce du leche, I use prepared cajeta because I like the tang, you can make your own or use what you like
In a saucepan, whisk together honey, sugar water & salt
Bring to a boil, over medium flame stirring occasionally.. lower to a simmer, and simmer for about 5 minutes till it thickens and darkens... keep your eye on it.
Remove from heat and pour in half and half, whisking as you go.
In a separate heat proof bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolks, and cornstarch
Add the half & half mixture to the eggs in a Slow steady stream, whisking as you go, just like you were making a mayonnaise
Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve back into the sauce pan, over medium flame and start whisking
Keep whisking, don't stop to answer the phone or feed the cat, its going to seem like it will never ever get thick and then it will, quickly, just when your wrist gets tired and you start to wonder if you did something wrong it will bubble and thicken like a little pool of lava.
Remove from heat, you can set the sauce pan in a bowl of ice, but you don't have to, you can also strain it again till is silken, but you don't have to
Melt butter in a saute pan and add nuts & crumbs, saute them until they are toasty and fragrant...this also happens rather fast
Assembly: add a spoonful (tablespoon or so) of nut/crumb mixture, then fill jar half way with cooled custard, then add a dollop of cajeta then top with more custard, top the whole thing off with a spoonful of dark chocolate ganache & sprinkle with a few grains of fleur du sel
Let cool in fridge for at least 2 hours, you can serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or very lightly sweetened whipped cream and a flurry of remaining nut/crumb mixture
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Bring Half & Half, Butter & Salt to a simmer
Pour over chocolate, whisking as you go till smooth and pourable. It will thicken as it cools. You will have leftover ganache, it makes great hot chocolate , whisked into some hot milk or coffee...slather some on bread with a drizzle of olive oil and a bit of fleur du sel, dip apple & pretzels in to it...use as filling for cake...