Every morning when I wake up, I hope for the best, from the day that lies ahead. I suppose, like most people do. I want to be an outstanding teacher (my real job), a good friend, an understanding partner, a kind and compassionate citizen, an amazing aunt, a caring step-parent, a good writer…maybe I put too much pressure on myself? There are days, most days in fact, where I feel that I’ve fallen so short of the mark. And it is on those days that I rely on the luxurious warmth of a pot butterscotch pudding to help heal the self-inflicted wounds and short comings of a stupid day.
It’s not fancy, but it is pure homemade comfort. I’ve always been a butterscotch/caramel girl, so the current dulce de leche trend is like a dream come true, but this recipe is as far from exotic as a small town hockey arena on a Monday night. but no matter, this pudding is a sweet, smooth and full of happy butterscotch goodness.
This recipe is quick, and calls for one can of Carnation Evaporated milk, a onetime staple in all Canadian houses.
Carnation Butterscotch Pudding
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, I always use dark brown sugar, not golden
1 can of evapo. (slang for evaporated milk)
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 whole large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and cook, while stirring until mixture bubbles, about 2 minutes. remove from heat.
In a medium bowl, whisk together evapo., cornstarch and salt. Whisk into sugar base and stir to combine, return to heat and stirring constantly, cook mixture for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly thickened. In the now empty milk bowl (why get another bowl dirty?) whisk the egg, while whisking, slowly pour in the pudding, whisk or stir to combine. Return to the saucepan, and cook over low heat for another two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Depending on how bad your day was, eat the pudding while it is still warm in the pot, standing over your kitchen sink, OR pour in a bowl and chill before serving. As with most of my dessert favorites, this pudding make an excellent breakfast too.
Can’t wait for Black Friday.