Can you believe that the first day of Spring is this week? And that Easter is right around the corner?
To me that means wonderful longer, lighter days with a touch more warmth in the air. It also means daffodils– lots of them, and I love daffodils.
I have been waiting all year for Spring, because besides all of those things, I am anticipating the publishing of my first book. (Here is the trailer!!) And that book means something else really exciting to me. My book tour! The planning is still happening, but check in tomorrow and I will let you know how things are shaping up.
But in the mean time, I am still here, taking care of poor little Coco. Um, please don’t ever let anyone tell you that a tonsillectomy is “no big deal.” I will spare you the details, but it is indeed, a VERY “big deal.” I made her this homemade vanilla pudding this weekend, and I had the highest hopes that she would actually eat it (she doesn’t want to eat anything but hot pepperoni pizza, uh, JUST perfect for her throat?) And obviously, she did not eat this- but all the rest of us were licking out of the bowl and couldn’t believe how yummy it was.
Then I cut the tops off of some eggs with a sharp pairing knife, gently pulled the membrane out of the shell and washed them out with very hot water. I then piped them full of the pudding and topped them with a little fresh whipped cream. I thought these would be a lovely Easter treat, or in a glass it is a wonderful dessert for any time. In fact, I think I am going to put small portions in my tiniest Tupperware and put it in Pia’s school lunch. Enjoy!
To make this Vanilla Pudding, this is what you do:
In a saucepan, combine the water and ¾ cups sugar and simmer over low heat. Watch closely and let the sugar melt and swirl the pan as the sugar begins to turn golden. Mean while, bring the cream, milk and ¼ cup sugar to a simmer over low heat.
When the sugar has turned a pale golden brown, add the cream a little at a time (it will froth big time, so be careful!) Stir the melted sugar into the cream until smooth.
Whip the egg yolks, salt and vanilla until pale and thick.
Temper the egg yolks with the hot cream mixture, adding a little bit at a time with the mixer running until all of the cream has been added. Whisk in the corn starch.
Pour the custard base into a double boiler (heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water) and whisk constantly for 15-20 minutes until the custard has gotten pretty thick.
Now if it is not perfectly smooth, just give it a whirl in the blender on high.
Then refrigerate in a bowl with plastic wrap pressed down over the top of the custard so that the pudding doesn’t get a skin on top. Refrigerate until cold and the pudding has stiffened up further. Spoon it into serving bowls and serve with freshly whipped cream.
Recipe: Vanilla Pudding
- -2 cups cream
- -1 cup milk
- -1 cup sugar
- -¼ cup water
- -6 yolks
- -pinch kosher salt
- -2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or extract)
- -½ cup corn starch
- 1. In a saucepan, combine the water and ¾ cups sugar and simmer over low heat. Watch closely and let the sugar melt and swirl the pan as the sugar begins to turn golden.
- 2. Mean while, bring the cream, milk and ¼ cup sugar to a simmer over low heat.
- 3. When the sugar has turned a pale golden brown, add the cream a little at a time (it will froth big time, so be careful!) Stir the melted sugar into the cream until smooth.
- 4. Whip the egg yolks, salt and vanilla until pale and thick.
- 5. Temper the egg yolks with the hot cream mixture, adding a little bit at a time with the mixer running until all of the cream has been added. Whisk in the corn starch.
- 6. Pour the custard base into a double boiler (heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water) and whisk constantly for 15-20 minutes until the custard has gotten pretty thick.
- 7. Now if it is not perfectly smooth, just give it a whirl in the blender on high.
- 8. Then refrigerate in a bowl with plastic wrap pressed down over the top of the custard so that the pudding doesn’t get a skin on top. Refrigerate until cold and the pudding has stiffened up further. Serve with freshly whipped cream.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
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This looks delicious! And, if it is any consolation, after my sister’s tonsillectomy, all she wanted to eat was toast.
LOL! that is so funny! I guess I was shocked it wasn’t pretzels, popcorn and crackers!
This pudding looks so silky and smooth! I do not even really love vanilla and I want this!
Vanilla pudding is one of my all time favorite desserts. This looks awesome!
This is so weird Katrina- but I wasn’t totally sure that I had ever made vanilla pudding before- isn’t that funny? I am a believer though- it is really good. Sort of like cream brulee for the every day!
This pudding looks insane. You can’t beat homemade pudding and yours looks absolutely amazing. Love the fun presentation too. And I still can’t get enough of your book trailer! So. Much. Fun. I just want to come hang out with you and your family. Which is probably exactly the feeling you were trying to convey in your trailer. Well done!
OMG Rachel- that is so, so sweet of you!!! Thank you so much 🙂
This looks silky smooth and perfect!
Congratulations on your BOOK! What an exciting time of life for you.
Thank you Aimee!!
I love the vanilla pudding. It’s so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.
Your trailer is awesome! So well done and you’re looking lovely as always!!
Big congrats to you on the book trailer and book itself! So exciting!
I’m waiting for spring too… and these look like the perfect way to celebrate.
Thank you so much!!
Heather!! Huge congrats on your book trailer!! ….and these adorable vanilla pudding egg cups?! Perfect!!
Your trailer!! EEEEE! This is so amazing. I’m so excited!
Thank you so much!!!!
Oh my Heather!!!! I might need to try somethin like this. Such a fun presentation for this pudding 🙂
Thank you Marla!
ok, first off – i watched your trailer on Saturday and I must say that you’re SO ADORABLE & super gorgeous. I love your laugh and I want to come hang out with you someday 🙂 you seem so bubbly and full of life/laughter! you have gorgeous daughters too!
second, please make me some homemade vanilla pudding when i’m not feeling well 🙂 hehe
Julie= that is SO NICE of you!! thank you so much 🙂
I distinctly remember my tonsillectomy and it was two weeks of massive pain. I couldn’t eat the ice cream everyone promised would be endless after the surgery. Each morning the most I could stand was Aspirgum, which probably isn’t made anymore and certainly wouldn’t be given to a child now. It opened my throat up and numbed it. If she can eat pizza, more power to her! If she can stand Throat Coat tea and the dr says it’s okay, that might soothe her throat. These little eggs are adorable. I could just dive into the pudding.
Thanks Vicki. I think it is literally just about managing her pain for another 5 days until she feels better. I have been up since 2:15 Am because besides food, she has also given up sleeping 🙂 She won’t even drink anything but water- but I have high hopes we will turn a corner in the next few days!
Whatever works! But this pudding works for me. Maybe after I’ll have pizza.
Abbe- I am warming pizza up for Coco right now- but me? I’m reaching for her pudding in the fridge!
I am so excited about Spring too. The pudding looks wonderful, Kevin will want this 🙂
I made vanilla pudding this weekend too! It’s the best 🙂 And I love the presentation of it in these eggs! too cute!
So funny Gaby!! It was just a pudding kind of weekend!
I didn’t know there was such a thing as a book trailer but I’m glad you have one! I love that after reading your blog and making your recipes for years that I finally get to see and hear you ;). I’m loving the Rescue my Renovation shows too! You are so talented and fabulous and I hope to meet you on the book tour.
Jennifer- thank you so much!! Glad you liked it, and I very much hope that I get to meet you too 🙂
Oh yum I love vanilla pudding, yours looks so good!
Boise. Come to Boise for your book tour! Sorry you are having a rough time post tonsillectomy! Both my girls have had their out, so I feel your pain! It does get better though. I say go for the pizza if she can tolerate it! I will gladly eat her vanilla pudding, it looks amazing!
Love the presentation for Easter!
Did you Cuisinart her spicy pepperoni pizza?!! That can be done! 🙂 You get so hungry … STARVING … you want to eat everything that you can’t … it’s very sad, I know! This vanilla pudding looks SO yummy, especially with the whipped cream!
That vanilla pudding looks good! Lovely presentation!
i love this. it sounds so creamy good! i love when restaurants serve in egg shells!