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Butterscotch Pudding Recipe

3 cups whole milk
¾ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
2 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Garnish: Lightly sweetened whipped cream

In a large stainless steel bowl whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks.

Whisk in ½ cup of the milk until you have a thick paste. Set aside while you heat the milk. Have ready a fine medium-sized strainer and bowl as you will need to strain the pudding after it is cooked.

First, rinse a medium-sized heavy saucepan with cold water and then shake out the excess water. Doing this step prevents the milk from scorching.

Then pour the remaining 2 ½ cups of milk into the saucepan and bring just to a boil.

Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, until the mixture is smooth.

Transfer the pudding mixture to a clean large, heavy bottomed saucepan and place over medium-low heat.

Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of mayonnaise about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla extract. Pour through the strainer to remove any lumps that may have formed during cooking.

Pour into 4 bowls or dessert cups. The pudding can be served warm or if chilling, press plastic wrap onto the surface of the warm puddings to prevent a skin from forming.

If you like the skin, simply leave the pudding uncovered until cooled, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The puddings can be made a day or two ahead of serving.

Garnish each pudding with a large dollop of softly whipped cream.

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