I was asked by a friend to provide a small dessert for a gathering she was hosting the other day. I wanted something light that screamed Spring time.
With not a lot of time to do something really creative, I remembered my good old standby pudding recipe. I began thinking of how I could spruce it up to be a little different. What I came up with were these Orange Basil Pudding Cups. In making them, I thought I should share the recipe for the pudding. It is the easiest thing to make and you can flavor it however you like. I used orange today, but have used several flavorings over the years.
You will see by the picture I put the pudding in a little chocolate cup but you can also use mini phyllo shells or make a tart shell if you like or nothing is wrong with a little bowl of pudding topped with some whipped cream.
You get the picture, use this basic recipe and let your imagination run. I hope you use it soon. I think pudding made from scratch is something not done much anymore. This is so easy and worth your time . . give it a try . . . I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons flavoring (I used orange extract)
- whipped cream, fruit, basil, or mint
- tart shells, phyllo shells, fruit layered in a cup
- Whisk the sugar and flour in a medium saucepan. Add the buttermilk and eggs and stir together until blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for up to 8 minutes or until becomes a pudding-like consistency.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the extract or flavoring.
- Cover with saran wrap with the saran wrap touching the top of the pudding so a film does not form.
- Chill for at least 4 hours and up to 24.
- Fill whatever base you may be wanting to use or have on hand.