Old Fashioned Butterscotch Pudding

by feastonthecheap on September 17, 2012

Mariel here. I am the person that consistently robs restaurants of the butterscotches in their free candy dishes. I am the reason you root through the strawberry and grape-flavored hard candies and wonder where on earth the good stuff is. Chances are, I beat you to the punch. When the cashier or hostess looks away, I greedily stuff my pockets with these grandfatherly treats.  On a related note, I am also single-handedly keeping your local drugstore shelves stocked with Lifesavers Butter Rum. You’re welcome.

I’ve been following Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake for quite some time now so I was familiar with her recipes well before I was assigned her blog for this month’s installation of Secret Recipe Club. In fact, I had “Stumbled” this very Butterscotch Pudding recipe over a year ago…I just hadn’t made it yet. It was well worth the wait. I haven’t had homemade pudding in a dog’s age, but it is SO much richer and more decadent than the “just add milk” variety you find at the grocery store. Incidentally, it’s also way more fattening…but that’s a problem for another day.

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Butterscotch Pudding
Adapted from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Serves 6

6 Tablespoons butter – stock
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons lightly packed dark brown sugar – $1.49
1¼ cups half and half – $1.69
5 Tablespoons cornstarch – stock
Dash of salt – stock
2 cups milk – stock
3 egg yolks – stock
2 teaspoons vanilla – stock
Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $3.18
Cost per serving: $0.53

1. In a large saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar over low heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add half and half, stirring till smooth.

2. Combine cornstarch and salt in bowl. Pour in ½ cup of milk and stir until cornstarch is dissolved. Add to saucepan with the rest of the milk. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes – the pudding will thicken up as you stir.

3. Remove from heat. Whisk in egg yolks one at a time, stirring till smooth. Add vanilla.

4. Return to med-low heat and cook 1 minute while stirring. Ladle into a big serving bowl or 6 custard cups. Cover tops with plastic wrap to prevent skins from forming if you don’t plan to serve right away.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz September 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Oh, you did a beautiful job with these! And it’s always so fun when friends get my blog for the SRC :) Now I’m craving butterscotch, too!!!


Liz September 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

It’s always so much fun when friends get my blog for the SRC :) Your pudding looks incredible…so smooth and decadent! Now I’m craving butterscotch, too!!!


Melissa September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

This looks like a delicious dessert! Great SRC pick! :)


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I can’t believe that I have never made butterscotch pudding at home before – I love it! This recipe looks nice and easy too. PS. I laughed out loud at your Lifesavers comment. I used to get one of those Lifesaver books in my stocking at Christmas every year as a child, and the butter rum lifesavers were always the last to go!


Jo September 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Mmm, this looks fantastic! I’ve not made homemade pudding in a long time, and never butterscotch, even though it is a flavor I love. Will have to try this soon!


Louise September 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I love this post! gave me a nice laugh! and the butterscotch puds look fantastic too, definitely making these…


chelsy e. September 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I haven’t had pudding in ages! Can’t wait to try this!


Erin @ Making Memories September 17, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Buterscotch is such an amazing flavor! Your pudding looks wonderful!


gloria September 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I love lizzy and love her. Recipes; these little puddings look stunnings:)


Veronica September 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm

It’s on my bucket list to make homemade pudding, specifically chocolate, but making some of this butterscotch wouldn’t hurt either. Looks so good!


Teri @ The Freshman Cook September 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

Oh wow! You had me at butterscotch! This sounds amazing, and is definitely going on my “must make” list. Great choice.


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite September 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

Oh my goodness, butterscotch pudding totally reminds me of childhood. This looks perfect! Great pick for SRC!


Cristina September 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

you are the butterscotch bandit! the proof is in this pudding yum…


AGNES ALIBERTO September 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Yummy =yum= yum Wish I was allowed to,have SOME !!! Maybe if I make it for my gran-kids I can lick the spoon !


Rhonda October 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

It’s a good thing you live in another part of US or we’d be competing for the butterscotch candies! I think I better just dream about this pudding because if I make it….well, you can guess.


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