Here’s a super simple and delicious recipe for Butterscotch Pudding.
I can’t even believe it has taken me this long. I mean… butterscotch pudding is pretty much one of my most favorite desserts to eat in the ENTIRE WORLD… and I just made it homemade for the first time last week. Phew. It’s good. This recipe is a keeper. I’ll be making it again and again and again!
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime
I have been meaning to make this recipe for the past 5 MONTHS! It comes from the newest book by Ree Drummond- The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime. Ree is a super sweet friend of mine. She started blogging right about the time that I did 10 years ago… and we have been friends for a good many years now. It’s so neat to see her career to take off- now she’s a sought-after celebrity! I love her newest book. It’s similar to her others with beautiful photos of her ranch life with family and step-by-step photos of recipes.
I’ve bookmarked to make: some of the delicious breakfast Egg Scrambles, Ginger Steak Salad, Chicken Taco Salad, Cheesy Cauliflower Soup, Salisbury Steak, Red Wine Pot Roast, Chow Mein, Quick Fudge and the Quick and Easy Apple Tart. I also really love her chapter on Freezer Foods- things like Ready-to-Go Meatballs, Chili and Baked Ziti! This is a great cookbook to have in your collection.
How to make Butterscotch Pudding at home:
This recipe takes all of about 20 minutes to make. It couldn’t be simpler. In a saucepan, you’ll combine brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Then you’ll whisk in whole milk and egg yolks and continue to whisk and heat over medium heat. After a few minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken and bubble. Once it has reached the consistency of pudding, you’ll stir in some butter to make it nice and creamy and smooth. And it turns out absolutely perfect!
And by “perfect,” I mean creamy and sweet and totally butterscotchy. The pudding is spooned into dishes and refrigerated until ready to serve (with or without whipped cream). We like ours with a little bit of whipped cream, but I can attest to the fact that eating it plain and simple works out just fine too.
How to make whipped cream:
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to beat these ingredients until medium peaks form. At this point, it’ll be ready for spooning onto the pudding for serving. Or refrigerate and use later.
My Mom used to make Butterscotch Pudding from the box, which is when I fell in love with butterscotch pudding in the first place. But making it homemade is infinitely better. Enjoy!
Here are a few more butterscotch recipes you might like to try:
- Butterscotch Brownies with Caramel Icing
- Hot Butterscotch Sauce
- Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Butterscotch Frosting
- Butterscotch Fudge
- Pumpkin Pecan Skillet Cake with Salted Butterscotch Glaze
- No Bake Butterscotch Bars
- Apple Butterscotch Bread
- 1½ cups packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons butter
- whipped cream, for serving
- In a medium saucepan, gently whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Pour in the milk and egg yolks; whisk to combine, and stir the together over medium heat. Continue to whisk... it will look like not much is happening for 3 to 4 minutes... but soon it will be bubbling away! Cook, stirring, while the mixture thickens. Once it seems like it has a nice, thick texture for pudding- pull it off the heat and stir in the butter.
- Spoon the pudding into small glasses or dishes and chill for at least 2 hours. Top with whipped cream before serving.
I am going toi try this right now. My husband loves Butterscotch pudding.. I always have some in the cupboard. I ran out and looked for it at the store today and they dont have it anymore.. Home made is so much better. Thank you.
What gives this the butter scotch flavor is it the brown sugar?
yes, when brown sugar is heated, it caramelizes and tastes like butterscotch!
I make butterscotch pudding a lot. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I like to serve mine warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I do this with chocolate pudding too!
I haven’t tried this recipe yet but am looking forward to it. I love homemade butterscotch pudding too.
Also, I add a teaspoon of vanilla to my recipe at the end with the butter.
One other serving suggestion is serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!.
This pudding recipe is absolutely delicious and turns out perfect every time. I love the method for combining all the ingredients before putting them on the heat. It’s so much simpler and eliminates any potential issues with the egg and cornstarch getting added to an already heated mixture. I deleted my other butterscotch pudding recipes after trying this one a few times with fantastic results. I love this one as is, but I just made it again and substituted some of the milk with Bailey’s to make a Bailey’s butterscotch pudding and OMG!! Best pudding I’ve ever made. Thank you for this uncomplicated and extremely tasty recipe!
What a great tip, thanks!
It looks Devine.I’m definitely trying this out.
You could up the cornstarch and egg yolks and cook a bit longer to make a thicker filling for a pie…
Do you think this will work with Coconut Cream instead of Whole Milk?
I’ve never tried making pudding with Coconut Cream, so I can’t confirm that will work.
Can you use 2% milk
I don’t think 2% will thicken the consistency enough.
Could you use this as a pie filling? Would there be any changes in the directions?
I don’t think so… it’s a pretty creamy, soft pudding. I feel like you’d need a thicker base to use it for pie.
This is my favorite pudding, and my son’s, too! Thank you for this homemade version.
This looks delicious! I love butterscotch and I love pudding. I’m going to have to make this sometime 🙂
This pudding looks divine! So smooth and creamy….perfect. Definitely making soon. Thanks for sharing.