Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Butterscotch Pudding

If you think you don't like Buttterscotch Pudding..... you might be dead wrong. At least I was. I was about as excited to make butterscotch pudding this week as I am for my monthly credit card bill. But I was dead wrong. (Not about the bill; oh, mama.) Leave it to Dorie Greenspan to make a butterscotchy believer out of me. This decadent pudding is warm and buttery, with brown sugar and caramel undertones and a luscious creamy texture. Take it from me and plan to serve this one in front of the fire place-warm, with a dollop of whipped cream and sugared pecans. Here's your link to silky-warm-you -to-your-toes goodness. It's so yummy it'll make you forget all about that credit card bill that I mentioned earlier. Forget I mentioned it. For my fellow penny-pinchers, the estimated cost is $2.00 for a half batch, if you make it my way, which is scotch-less. I also didn't use a food processor, like Dorie recommends. Lazy dishwasher me. The wire whisk works wonders. How's that alliteration for you?

And in the meantime, I've been baking loads of chocolate chip cookies and then popping those Nestle swirly chips on the top when they just come out of the oven. Colored M and Ms work well, too.They're the best for parties that include kids of all ages, from one to ninety-two. Speaking of ninety-two, that's about how many I almost ate. And I betcha Santa Claus might like his own little set of ninety-two tomorrow night.
This just in: Hey! Head over to Fine Blogs to see my guest post about a super easy (and cheap and yummy) Christmas Breakfast.
Up Next:
Best Case Scenario: Overnight Breakfast Strata (see above link!), Christmas Cupcakes, Christmas in Italy....in no particular order.

39 comments:

Cristine said...

Your pudding looks fantastic! And send me 92 of those cookies! YUM!

Marie said...

Your pudding looks great Erin, and I am loving the look of those cookies. How festive!!

HoneyB said...

Merry Christmas Prudy! Your pudding and cookies look great!

gigi said...

I've always loved butterscotch but never ever really thought of making my own. Sounds yummy. Your cookies are perfect for any Santa and his helpers. Merry Christmas!

Cathy said...

I ruined mine by adding scotch to it. Silly me. I know from the pre-scotch smell alone that I would have been right there with you singing the praises of the butterscotch pudding to the high heavens if not for the scotch. So sure am I of this, that I might actually make this again someday (sans scotch, of course!) Your cookies look wonderful too -- do I have it in me to make one more batch of cookies? Okay, yup, I do. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Prudy! I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog this year!

Janssen said...

That picture of it on the spoon did me in - I'll HAVE to make this now.

Katherine Aucoin said...

You've sold me on trying this. I would not have been too excited by butterscotch pudding either. What a wonderful surprise though!

Maria said...

Nice pudding and the cookies look perfecto!! Merry Christmas!!

n.o.e said...

I can't wait to try this pudding; we love puddings, and although most butterscotch flavored sweets are too cloyingly sweet for me, I'm betting Dorie doesn't do that to us. The big Q = scotch? or no scotch??

And I'd love one of those cookies (or 92) for breakfast! So festive.
Nancy

Di said...

I like your top photo--what a pretty cup. I had a hard time coming up with a good way to photograph this week's recipe. Butterscotch pudding is rather... beige. =) I'm with you--no need to wash the food processor when a whisk works well.

Donna said...

I'm so glad you liked my choice! After all the cookies we've been making, I thought a nice silky pudding would be just the thing for the holidays!

Have a wonderful holiday!
Donna

Katrina said...

Dang it, you people who make the pudding are making me want to try it (I skipped TWD this week)! Looks great and so do all the cookies and FUDGE!
Happy Holidays! (I'm having a giveaway on my blog, check it out.)

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful.

VeggieGirl said...

I ADORE butterscotch, so that pudding looks diiiiivine; and I love the festive cookies!! :-)

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Allie said...

I've been on the hunt for a home made butterscotch pudding so I'm super excited about this recipe!

Spike said...

I loved the pudding too, it was a nice surprise

Anne said...

I'm glad to hear it came out great scotch-less. The cookies look delicious too. Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas!

Mary Ann said...

It looks yummy with the whipped cream and pecans. I should've braved it.
I didn't have the time or excitement in me to make this one. But, if you loved it, I might have to backtrack. I can't wait to see your breakfast strata- I am heading over there right now.
I really do think our husbands might be twins, judging from your comment!

Mary Ann said...

Oh, and super cute cookies. WHere is the chocolate chip recipe? It might get my husband off his addiction to Pillsbury dough. maybe. They look just right.

Prudy said...

Mary Ann:
The breakfast strata owes its inspiration to you with your breakfast casserole this week. Thanks so much for giving me a yummy blueprint recipe.

Ali said...

The Strata totally reminds me of "The Family Stone". Haven't seen it? You should. Absolutely one of the funniest movies I've ever watched. And it's on TV a lot which is a bonus. I'm certain yours turns out better than Sarah Jessica Parkers.

Patsyk said...

I actually do love butterscotch pudding! May have to give it a go sometime as it looks wonderful!

Love those cookies with the swirled chips! So fun and festive!

happy holidays to you and your wonderful family!

Marjie said...

I love love love butterscotch anything, without the scotch. I created a recipe for butterscotch pie filling, which also translated into pudding, this summer, and my dearly beloved can't get enough of it! Merry Christmas, Erin!

Katie and Mark said...

Erin,

I really wanted to try the breakfast strata, but Mark does not fancy salsa at all! Is there a substitution that would still taste good?

If not, I usually just ask him to try it anyway, and normally he will gobble it right up! : )

Prudy said...

Katie:
Absolutely! Change the salsa for milk and double your green chilies. I make another version with swiss and cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and about 1 tablespoon dijon mustard with the milk-it's also really yummy.
Good luck, Katie. Wish you were here! Let me know if that will work for you. If not, we'll come up with another version.

Jules Someone said...

Glad you enjoyed the pudding. And the cookies look yummy.

The Food Librarian said...

Everything looks great (except for maybe the credit card bill!) :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have loved reading your blog this year and look forward to many more delights in 2009! - mary the food librarian

jenjen said...

I love pudding. Tapioca is my favorite but I might have to make some of that butterscotch -- it looks scrumptious! Those cookies are very cute. I am off to make cookies with my kids now so Santa can have a few tomorrow night when he come!

Thanks Prudy!

Jen

Megan said...

You know, I wasn't sure about the pudding either. But I made it today and it sure looks better than my electric bill.

Happy Holidays!

Madam Chow said...

I agree - it was fantastic warm, right out of the pot. I had to force myself to put it in the refrigerator to chill.

Lori said...

I follow your blog and I wanted to wish you a happy holiday season and many blessings for the New Year!

Lori

Geri said...

Love butterscotch pudding, and your cookies, love the seasonal touch with the chips.

gigi said...

Merry Christmas little lady. Hope it's wonderful and filled with the Love of Christ, joy, peace and great memeories. Love ya!

Peggy said...

I wish you were here to bake at my house today!HA. Your pudding looks great. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Dawn said...

Oh I wish I had kitchen counter space room for trays of cookies!
I am one of those that love butterscotch pudding, and you created a perfect one.
Merry Christmas!

Grace said...

yeah...anyone who thinks they don't like butterscotch pudding has probably only tried the jello version. frankly, it doesn't even deserve the name. :)
great job, and happy holidays!

Jaime said...

both the cookies and pudding look great!

kim said...

yum, beautiful pudding and cookies! i really enjoyed the pudding too. but i'm SO using a whisk next time ;)

1freshstart said...

Oh, I love butterscotch! I swear it's one of those flavors I just have to stay away from. I love the cookies too! I wish I had thought to buy some of the fun chips this season.

~Cat