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Tuesdays With Dorie: Real Butterscotch Pudding

December 23, 2008

Well, to be precise, Real Butter Rum Pudding. We didn’t have any scotch.

This recipe has a lot of steps. It seems like a lot of work, and you get a lot of things dirty, and if you’re like me, you spill stuff. As a rule, I avoid recipes with these characteristics.

This pudding is totally worth it. It would have been worth twice as much work.

The pudding is exquisitely smooth and creamy, and the taste is like nothing I’ve ever had: deep and complex and layered. The rum flavor actually intensified near the bottom of the cup.

I made this on a night when we had a guest: #1 Son’s girlfriend, hereafter referred to as #1SG. Everyone was in favor of the pudding, although to varying degrees:

#1 Son: It was good. It had a lot of depth of flavor. It was my ideal image of butter rum — it had the sweetness and richness of the butter with the heat and complexity of the alcohol. It was really, really good.
#1SG: I really liked the texture. It had more complexity than other puddings I’ve had. I’m not such a fan of alcohol in my desserts, though.
#2 Son: I liked it. It had a good texture, it was puddingy, but near the end it got overly alcoholy and started not tasting good anymore. But at the beginning, really tasty.
Husband: I could easily have downed another three or four cups of that. I actually loved how it got more alcoholic as it got lower.
#1 Son Again: Yeah, that.

And we were all so impatient to eat the stuff that I neglected to take photographs before it was completely, cups-licked-clean gone. #1 Son says that means I should make it again, but I think I’m going to have to refer you to other blogs to see the beauty that is this pudding. It didn’t look like much, in any case, but it went down easy.

The other TWD bloggers will have photos. And Donna at Spatulas, Corkscrews, and Suitcases will have the recipe. Go there. Get it. Make the pudding. You won’t be sorry.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2008 11:42 am

    I agree this pudding was so worth the time I spent whisking in the kitchen! I am glad you liked it as well.

  2. December 23, 2008 11:55 am

    I am making mine today.

  3. December 23, 2008 1:38 pm

    I love your play by play of comments. They’re really funny! I have so got to get my butt in the kitchen and make this!

    Happy Holidays!

  4. December 23, 2008 3:46 pm

    Mmmmm, rum pudding… Yet another possibility for the deliciousness that is pudding. 🙂

  5. December 23, 2008 5:02 pm

    Yes, I will wash dishes to have this pudding.

  6. December 24, 2008 8:30 pm

    Mine is in the fridge, we have yet to try it. I just made it today and with all the other cooking and baking I’ve done, we are all too full to give it a try. I’m glad your family liked it!

  7. December 26, 2008 9:20 am

    Glad everyone enjoyed it! Looks delicious!!

  8. December 26, 2008 10:21 am

    It’s interesting to hear everyone’s reaction.

    I’ll bet it tasted wonderful with rum… I almost tried brandy and think it would be worth making another batch to test it out.

    Glad to hear it was mostly liked.

  9. juju73 permalink
    December 29, 2008 1:57 am

    Yay! Glad you loved it! Sounds like it was a success

    Happy New Year!

  10. December 29, 2008 9:12 am

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