Monday, September 14, 2015

"Old School" Butterscotch Pudding (Scratch Recipe) - 52 Snacks for Children's Church

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This recipe did double duty... Not only was it a treat for our children;s church service, but I also served it up the night before at a little dinner party as a dessert.  The puddin' was loved at both spots!

The adults loved the rich deep flavors that are not duplicated in the instant box version.  The kids liked to dip their candy bar garnish in the puddin and lick it clean.

And besides, doesn't puddin look pretty served in crystal???

While the recipe is scratch, it really doesn't take much time.  Start to finish, about 15 minutes (plus time in the fridge).  You have to be careful to not burn anything, so pay close attention and pretty much whisk or stir constantly.

But the extra time and effort is always worth it!

So grab a candy bar, release your inner child and lick away!

 OK... Here's what I did...

Butterscotch Pudding from Scratch

  • For the Crumb Base
  • 2 Cups Animal Cookies (Can use Graham Crackers)
  • 1/2 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 4 TBS (1/2 Stick) Butter, melted warm, almost hot
  • For the Pudding
  • 3 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 6 Cups Whole Milk
  • 8 Large Egg Yolks only
  • 4 TBS Butter
  • 15 Mini "Twix" Bars for Garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. For the Crumb Base: Put the Animal Crackers and chocolate chips into the bowl of a food processor and start processing. Drizzle the butter into the mix while the blades are running. Divide among the number of cups you are making (this recipe made 16 cups with each holding about 3/4 cup of pudding).
  2. For the Pudding, whisk together the cornstarch, brown sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan. Turn the heat on medium high, add the milk and stir to combine. Just as the first bubbles appear in the mixture, whisk the egg yolks into the milk. WHISK FAST so the yolks do not have time to curdle. Continue to whisk for about 6 minutes (could be longer) until the pudding thickens to a well, a pudding consistency.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the butter 1 TBS blocks. Stir until everything is melted and smooth.
  4. Divide into the cups and allow to cool in the fridge for a couple hours Or overnight.
  5. Garnish with the candy bars and ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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