Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Summer of Puddings

I think I like puddings better than ice cream, and I do love ice cream.  It's just that ice cream forces you to hurry if you want to enjoy it in its best state.  Puddings are cool, silky, and slooooow.  You can sit there forever with pudding, talking or staring in the humidity, and the pudding will still be there.  It's what I crave when I'm hot and bothered - and less trouble for me to make than ice cream.

My friend Peter gave me some chocolate pudding which I did not share with my family.  I followed his directions to the Alton Brown recipe.  It's a neat trick - homemade pudding mix.  But I put too much salt in mine, which gave it an unwanted peanut butter flavor.

Then there was my old favorite, easy-peasy vanilla tapioca, this time with crushed blackberries on top.  Fantastic. [updated with recipe below]

Sunday was the version of eclair dessert.  I think there will be floating island this week. 

I keep seeing fascinating pudding recipes at my job.  And I have my eye on a chocolate charlotte and a mocha fluff from my 1952 Joy of Cooking.  Do you have suggestions, too?  But first I need to get sweet cream at market  - my cream has gone sour again.

Easy Peasy Tapioca Pudding

Mix together in a large saucepan (the pudding expands):
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbs. minute tapioca
2 3/4 cups milk
1 egg, well beaten
pinch salt

Allow to stand for at least 5 minutes, but longer doesn't hurt.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly so the milk won't scorch.  Bring to a full boil, then turn off heat.

Stir in:
1 tsp. vanilla

Pour into a serving dish or storage container.  Let the pudding sit for 20 minutes, then stir.  Either dish into bowls and eat it warm, or refrigerate until chilled through.  Lovely garnished with fruit or fruit sauce.


Deanna Beth said...

I don't find tapioca to be easy-leash. Do you get the "real" kind, that must be soaked? I am always impatient and it never gets right.

Polly said...

I'm a sucker for pudding too. Now I'm tempted to try some, with fruit, for our church picnic on Sunday! I was planning an eclair cake. ;)

Margo said...

DB, I added the tapioca recipe to the post. I consider it easy, considering other recipes have you separating eggs and whatnot. I've never had this recipe fail - do let me know if it works for you.