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 🙂 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.
Vanilla Pudding Recipe (as lifted from the link)
- 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.
- Cook until thick; take off stove, then add butter and vanilla.
- 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.
- 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.
- You can also make a banana plate pie with the vanilla mixture, just cook as directed.
- In baked pie shell, line bottom with bananas; pour a layer of pudding, then a layer of ba nanas, then pudding.
- You can top with Cool Whip or meringue.