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Creamy Butterscotch Pudding

Natasha MacAller
A creamy and delicious custard type pudding with the comforting flavour of butterscotch, perfect on its own or with bananas.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill 3 hrs
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 615 kcal


  • 475 ml whipping cream
  • 70 g unsalted butter softened
  • 225 g dark brown sugar
  • 45 g cornflour/cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 480 ml milk
  • 3 egg yolks lightly beaten
  • 15 ml pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rum optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar


  • In a small saucepan, heat 300 ml cream until warm (or microwave in a small jug until warmed). Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Combine butter and brown sugar in a medium stainless steel saucepan over low heat.  Simmer 2 minutes, stirring with a spatula until bubbly. Add warmed cream and stir until smooth.
  • Combine cornflour and salt in a small bowl.  Slowly whisk in 1/4 of the cold milk until cornflour dissolves.  Add this mixture to the pan with remaining milk.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning.  Stir about 2 minutes until you see steam rise from the surface and the pudding thickens.  Slowly stream in egg yolks, whisking constantly.
  • Switch to spatula and continue to gently stir until bubbles form on top of pudding.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 2 1/2 tsp vanilla, rum (if using) and the vinegar.  Quickly strain into a jug , to make pouring easier, and then immediately pour into 6 individual serving dishes or glasses.
  • Tightly cover each one with a piece of cling-film to keep a skin from forming.  Chill 3 hours or until softly set.  Can be made a day in advance.
  • To serve whip remaining cream with 1/2 tsp vanilla until soft peaks form.  Place a dollop of the whipped cream on top of each pudding.  Garnish with a toffee shard or serve with sliced bananas for that retro childhood pudding experience!


Calories: 615kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 178mgPotassium: 224mgSugar: 40gVitamin A: 1715IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 0.5mg
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