Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch-PuddingI cannot stop thinking about this Butterscotch Pudding. Friends Barbara, David and Annie were coming for dinner and I wanted a simple killer dessert you might see at a cool restaurant and say, “oh boy!”

Oh boy oh boy oh boy Butterscotch Pudding. Thank you, Gourmet’s Ruth Cousineau for this. A few of the reviews online mentioned theirs turned out “soupy” so my thought was, toss out the old box of cornstarch and start fresh. Who knows if I fixed others’ problem but mine was some creamy, comfy wonderfulness.

Foodie confession: this recipe has no Scotch.

I was also apparently going for pudding overdose; once I made a batch and poured into vintage glassware, to me the servings were too small. Plus I needed five servings (my plan was to stretch the four to five with a cookie or something, but this batch was closer to three). No worries, it took just a few minutes again to do a second batch. Turns out, Annie couldn’t make it to dinner but Barbara took home a tub o’ Butterscotch for her.

Butterscotch Pudding from Gourmet Magazine

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

In a heavy medium saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Then whisk in milk and cream.  Over medium heat, bring to a boil, whisking frequently.  Then boil, whisking, for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla.  Pour into one medium sized bowl or single serving bowls, cover the surface with buttered wax paper and chill until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.  Makes four (small) servings.

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1 Worth The Whisk March 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

Melody, I wouldn’t do a double batch, just for science reasons. But it really is SO simple, when I made the second batch, it was a cinch.

2 Melody Scott March 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

You’re killin’ me. I’ve been on a diet for like three years. Ok, three months. This sounds fabulous, and I think I’m going to have to make it for my butterscotch-loving husband and beg a taste.

Can it be simply doubled? Not because it will be that BIG a taste, but because I have guests coming soon as well. 🙂

3 zoesmom July 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Patti, I tried this recipe last night and it is INCREDIBLE. We have guests coming in the next few weeks, I plan to make it once again because, guaranteed, this batch will be consumed in very short order.

4 lisa July 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

Patti, could this be adapted to make ice cream? What would you need to change to make it? I read a great review on Boston.com today about best ice cream in Greater Boston area and when they mentioned butterscotch ice cream with crushed oreo cookies, it started me dreaming…
Patti comments: I haven’t made ice cream in decades, so I am sticking with puddin’! But that Boston flavor sounds YUM.

5 Denise Vivaldo July 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm

The pudding is divine. Make it.

6 Nancy July 12, 2009 at 7:49 pm


I made this recipe for a dinner for my new boss and was very pleased. My husband, Pat loved it and so did my other guests. One addition was a garnish with raw sugar on top and it was a great contrast to the smooth creamy pudding.

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