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Butterscotch pudding with brittle. Photo ©
Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog.
Here’s a fun dessert idea, whether for a weekday family dinner or a pudding bar at your next party.
You can make pudding or buy it. Making it is better and lots more fun. We’ve been spending more and more time with Puddin’: Luscious and Unforgettable Puddings, Parfaits, Pudding Cakes, Pies, and Pops.
The book, by the owner of a pudding store in New York City, has foolproof pudding recipes, from standards to modern twists. Get your copy here.
PICK A PUDDING
- Banana pudding
- Butterscotch pudding
- Chocolate pudding
- Coffee pudding
- Lemon pudding
- Pistachio pudding
- Tapioca pudding
- Rice pudding
- Vanilla pudding
- Modern puddings: Dulce de Leche, Key Lime, Malted Milk, Nutella, Peanut Butter and many others
- Seasonal favorites like Eggnog, Maple and Pumpkin Pie puddings
PICK A TOPPING
Cookie & Cake Toppings
- Brownie crumbs
- Cake cubes (from any type of cake)
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Vanilla wafer crumbs
- Other cookie crumbs
- Caramel sauce
- Dulce de leche
- Fudge sauce
- Fruit sauce: berry, cherry, peach melba
- Marshmallow creme
- Whipped cream
Candies & Nuts
- Baking chips: chocolate, butterscotch, mint, peanut butter, vanilla
- Candied nuts (any type, including honey roasted nuts)
- Candied orange peel
- Chopped brittle or toffee
- Mini candies (malt balls, M&Ms, marshmallows)
- Mini pretzels, chopped chocolate covered pretzels
- Reese’s Pieces
- Candied bacon
- Dried berries: cherries, cranberries
Puddin-licious: an entire book of pudding recipes. Photo courtesy Spiegel & Grau.
FOR A PARTY PUDDING BAR
1. MAKE the pudding in large bowls. Consider adding dairy free (vegan) and sugar free options.
2. KEEP each bowl on a bed of crushed ice.
3. PLACE the toppings in smaller bowls, each with its own serving spoon. Refilling topping bowls as needed.
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