Savor a warm spoonful of Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding and get ready to be thankful. How can anything be so fragrant, creamy, and rich while being downright healthy, thrifty, and easy?
My notes say Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding is "superb+" warm. But the delightful fragrance and taste fades as it chills. It's good at room temperature, OK straight from the fridge, and bland made into ice cream. Lesson? Get it while it's hot. [Update: I now make this recipe dairy-free by using canned coconut milk and no egg.]
Active time: 20 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes. Serves 4.
1/2 cup dark brown sugar (110 grams)
3 tablespoons corn starch (24 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups milk, 2% fat
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Measure dry ingredients into a medium pot. Whisk to combine, getting rid of lumps. Add 1 cup of milk. Whisk mixture until smooth.
- Whisk egg into remaining milk, then stir into pudding. Stir in pumpkin puree, then bring pudding to a boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally at first and then more frequently to prevent burning. When pudding starts to boil, whisk constantly for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla until just blended. Pour into four custard cups or small bowls.
- Let cool about 10 minutes to allow pudding to set. Serve warm. Cover and refrigerate any extra for up to four days. For best flavor, let chilled pudding come to room temperature before serving.
Recipe tips and notes
- Healthy for you. Get protein from milk and eggs, fiber and beta-caratene from pumpkin, and antioxidants from cinnamon and nutmeg. As desserts go, it's low in fat. It's also healthy for what's not in it: artificial coloring and flavors, preservatives, and additives to mask age.
- Healthy for your community. Use organic, local, and sustainably grown milk, eggs, and even pumpkin.
- Make pumpkin puree from your Jack-o-Lantern or a cooking pumpkin used as one. Boil chucks of raw pumpkin for about 30 minutes or oil them lightly and roast at 400°F for about 40 minutes. Scrape out pumpkin flesh and process in the food processor fitted with a steel blade until smooth.