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Time Machine Butterscotch Pudding

February 24, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6, depending on the size of your custard dishes
Author Notes

When I last visited my cousin in Colorado, after she whumped me in Scrabble, she made amends by preparing a batch of my aunt's yummy butterscotch pudding. Sitting outside, looking at the stars (and still smarting over her triple word play with a "z" and a "q") made it seem like we were kids again. (I'm the geeky one on the right in the photo). —wssmom

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • nice pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • grated bittersweet chocolate, to garnish
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the sugar and the butter together, stirring constantly, until melted. Whisk in the cream bit by bit until dissolved, heat until bubbly. Set aside for a moment.
  2. In another small saucepan, mix the granulated sugar with the water and bring to a boil; when it turns golden, take off the heat and gradually add the cream mixture from step 1 bit by bit, whisking constantly.
  3. Return to the heat, add, and stir until mixed well, the milk and salt. Take off the heat whilst you combine the cornstarch and milk in a little tiny bowl. Return the butterscotch to medium heat, whisk in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a slow boil; reduce heat and simmer, whisking all the while, for a minute.
  4. Add the vanilla, stirring well; pour the pudding into small ramekins or custard dishes. and chill for at least two hours. Garnish with grated bittersweet chocolate.
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19 Reviews

BavarianCook February 21, 2014
Made this today and got very positive feedback! Nice recipe - thank you!
Bevi February 9, 2012
I just made this - and snuck a taste! This is so delicious!
wssmom February 9, 2012
I am soooo glad you like it!
wssmom March 1, 2011
I have been scrabbled so many times, but I'm pretty strong at Facts in Five. And the fact is, I have a weakness for butterscotch and this recipe put me in the Way Back Machine to that creamy butterscotch oozing over my Good Humor sundaes. However, give me a triple dose of Time Machine Butterscotch Pudding over a triple word score anytime. Mmm.
charitydinner February 28, 2011
This pudding looks amazing -- butterscotch-flavored Dums Dums have been my favorite since I was little. The photo that goes with it is perfect; it stands out so nicely.
wssmom February 28, 2011
Butterscotch Dum Dums were AWESOME!!!!
drbabs February 25, 2011
I love Scrabble, too, and I love your pudding!
wssmom February 26, 2011
I am seeing a trend here ... there must be a reason why so many awesome cooks like Scrabble!
wssmom February 26, 2011
and pudding!
testkitchenette February 25, 2011
Wonderful recipe, photo, and memory! My grandmother sneakily taught my father to spell well by playing Scrabble with him and never letting him win!
wssmom February 26, 2011
A very wise woman, your grandma!
Midge February 25, 2011
If only every scrabble loss came with butterscotch pudding..Sounds delish.
wssmom February 25, 2011
The two are now indelibly linked in my mind!
Sagegreen February 25, 2011
Love the photo and the story!
wssmom February 25, 2011
Can you believe the bangs on both of us?
fiveandspice February 24, 2011
This looks wonderful, and I love the story that goes with it! I hear you about getting whumped in Scrabble.
wssmom February 25, 2011
Just when you think you're doing well when you add the "ing" to "clack" someone comes along and makes "k-indlier" off your "k" using up all their letters AND hitting a double word score. Yeeesh.
Sagegreen February 25, 2011
Probably shouldn't admit this, but lots of folks used to hate me because of scrabble- I made an obnoxious art out of winning with 3 letter triple letter words. I should have offered pudding!
fiveandspice February 25, 2011
Haha, that sounds sooo familiar! I have never, ever gotten the hang of using those triple or double word scores.