Vanilla Pudding

My apologies. The long APEC holiday has both stressed me out and distracted me from writing because I didn’t have much time to actually sit down and have any writing done. But I am back now ūüôā And hopefully, no lapses especially during Christmas and long leave in January!

I did buy and talk about the vanilla beans that I got from my friends who went to Bali. I decided to make the very simple vanilla pudding, to be able to highlight its flavors and actually see how good the vanilla beans are. The recipe was simple enough. And I prepared cups with covers s

I substituted the 1 teaspoon vanilla with 1 whole vanilla bean, the seeds I scraped from the bean, and added the bean to the milk mixture, fishing it out before transferring it into the little containers.

I tried the vanilla pudding right after, and it still lacked the vanilla flavor I was after. So on top of that, I added a little bit more of the expensive vanilla extract I bought from the baking store the other time.

With the double dose of vanilla, I really was able to enjoy the vanilla flavor. Now I am curious if using vanilla powder, although that was apparently artificial, will cut it as well.

Pudding with the little black dots

Vanilla Pudding Recipe (as lifted from the link)

3‚ĀĄ4¬†cup sugar
1‚ĀĄ4¬†cup cornstarch
2 1‚ĀĄ2¬†cups milk
1‚ĀĄ2¬†teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. In medium double boiler, cook sugar, cornstarch, milk and salt. When mixture begins to thicken, add part of mixture to egg yolks; mix well, then pour egg mixture back into mixture in double boiler.
  2. Cook until thick; take off stove, then add butter and vanilla.
  3. You can use as pudding and top with Cool Whip or use pudding with bananas for banana pudding You can also add 2 unsweetened chocolate squares at the beginning and make a chocolate pie or pudding.
  4. For butterscotch pie or pudding, use 3/4 cup light brown sugar firmly packed and 1/4 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup sugar, then cook as directed.
  5. You can also make a banana plate pie with the vanilla mixture, just cook as directed.
  6. In baked pie shell, line bottom with bananas; pour a layer of pudding, then a layer of ba nanas, then pudding.
  7. You can top with Cool Whip or meringue.

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