Bourbon Butterscotch Pudding with Caramel Sauce


Schemllo! Hi! What’s up!! How are you?! I’m well. Thanks. I have three Friday significant thoughts to share with you:

1. The Millionaire Matchmaker lady scares me. Like a lot.

2. When it rains in Los Angeles (which is like twice a year) everybody’s cuteness goes up a notch. They bring their serious rain gear ‘A’ game–it’s kind of intense. Boys have peacoats on. They wear those rustic looking boots that I love. Girls look spiffy in their Hunter boots. Everybody is wearing big pretty big sweaters. Everybody is drinking coffee. It’s a good look.

3. I learned that bourbon is delicious in everything. Like everything. Just everything.

I always knew that bourbon was delicious. I did.

But it wasn’t until I put it in this pudding when I really took note. It brings out so much flavor!! There’s no intense alcohol taste–just amazingness!! That’s all.

I get a good amount of emails and tweets asking where people should eat–and drop their cash–when they visit Los Angeles.

I’m pretty picky about the places I go to on the regular. Mainly because Los Angeles is such a good food city. There are sooo many amazing restaurants (expensive and inexpensive), taco trucks, taco stands, fast eats, etc., and to be honest, there’s a lot that just don’t cut it.

One place I always recommend is Pizzeria Mozza (Osteria Mozza is even more epic, though more expensive).

The pizza is never a disappointment (the crust is major), the atmosphere is cool and attractive, the wine list is good, and their roasted caprese salad with burrata and pesto is one of my favorite things to eat. Period.

They have a dessert that is also a must. It’s a Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce topped with Maldon Sea Salt served with a little rosemary cookie situation. It’s major, to say the least.

Even if you’re like totally full and you feel like you can’t eat another bite, you’ll see this glass of budino floating toward you, through the dining room, parting seas…and you’ll forget that you just ate forty complimentary breadsticks, two appetizers, and an entire pizza to yourself…

It’s that good.

This is the homemade version of that dessert.

There’s a butterscotch pudding spiked with a good amount of bourbon. (Of course, if you’re serving this to kids you could totally leave it out.) A caramel sauce. And topped with a few salted peanuts. The flavor combination is intense. It’s decadent and rich and sweet.

But what I love about pudding sooo sooo much is that you never feel full after you’re done. Maybe because it’s cold?! I dunno what it is but it’s always the perfect thing to eat after a huge meal.

P.S. I just realized I like pudding A LOT. Here’s some others:

S’mores Pudding
Banana Pudding
CafΓ© Au Lait Pudding
Coconut Chocolate Pudding
Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse (Sorta like pudding)

P.P.S. Before I go…

Does that Millionaire Matchmaker lady scare you too??! I mean, I can’t be the only one…oh c’mon, be honest…it’s just us on here.

Bourbon Butterscotch Pudding with Caramel Sauce topped with Roasted Salted Peanuts

Pudding Recipe from David Lebovitz

Print this recipe!

4 tablespoons (60g) butter, unsalted
1 cup (180g) packed dark brown
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2Β½ (625ml) cups whole milk
2 large eggs
3 teaspoons whiskey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the dark brown sugar and salt, then stir until the sugar is well-moistened. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with about 1/4 cup (60ml) of the milk until smooth (there should be no visible pills of cornstarch), then whisk in the eggs. Gradually pour the remaining milk into the melted brown sugar, whisking constantly, then whisk in the cornstarch mixture as well.

Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently. Once it begins to bubble, reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue to cook for one minute, whisking non-stop, until the pudding thickens to the consistency of hot fudge sauce. Remove from heat and stir in the bourbon and vanilla.

If slightly-curdled looking, blend in a blender or food processor. Or you can run it through a sieve (I did this!!). Pour into 4-6 serving glasses or custard cups and chill thoroughly, at least four hours, before serving. Also, since I hate pudding skin, I put a piece of plastic wrap on each of the puddings’ surfaces to prevent it from forming.

Caramel Sauce:

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 cup heavy cream, room temperature

In a medium pot, over medium high heat, cook the sugar and water until it turns a dark, deep caramel. Watch it the entire time! Do not walk away! It takes about 8 minutes. Add the butter cubes and stir.

Next, turn off the heat and pour in the heavy cream and whisk. The caramel shouldn’t seize up since it’s room temperature. If it does, simply turn the flame on medium and cook, whisking, until it’s smooth and lovely. See!! Caramel isn’t that scary!!

Toasted Salted Peanuts:
1 cup of peanuts
1 tablespoon of coarse Kosher salt

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Spread out peanuts onto a small baking sheet. Sprinkle them with kosher salt. And bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

To assemble:

Top each ramekin of cooled pudding with a few tablespoons of caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle on a few toasted salted peanuts.

Yields about 4-6 jars of pudding

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  • Reply Heather August 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I made this dessert and will do so again. It’s an excellent pudding. I used three tablespoons of bourbon instead of three teaspoons (with just teaspoons, I couldn’t taste the bourbon at all), and it still set well and tasted boozy. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  • Reply Abby December 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Could I make this a day ahead of time? Thinking about making it for Christmas dessert. It looks divine!!!

  • Reply Carolyn December 5, 2011 at 3:13 am

    how long do you suggest cooling the caramel sauce before layering it on top of the pudding? thanks!

  • Reply Julia October 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    The only down side of fashion in LA when it rains: the whole ugg boot/mini skirt thing. WT eff??? I don’t get it… Oh well. It’s kinda a gloomy day today. Maybe I’ll make this for dinner…I mean dessert. Looks fantastic!

  • Reply molly October 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    oh my, i have met my buttery-scotchy match…

    heck yeah.

  • Reply Shanin October 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Where did you get the cute jars?

    • Reply Adrianna October 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      I got them at Heath Ceramics. They’re also available at Terrain. Here’s a link!

      Weck Jars

  • Reply Tami October 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Okee, thanks!! I’ll give it a whirl!

  • Reply Maia October 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Osteria Mozza is my favorite restaurant in LA – just this year, we went for Valentine’s Day AND my 30th birthday, and once or twice just because! I know exactly the dessert you are referring to. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    And by the way… one of my other favorite restaurants is actually in Costa Mesa, across the street from South Coast Plaza (should you ever be shopping down there and get hungry). It’s called Pizzeria Ortica. They have a dessert that’s similar to the Mozza pudding you describe do lovingly above. Also served in a glass jar, it’s half caramel pudding and half dark chocolate pudding, with a layer of salted caramel and whipped cream on top.

  • Reply Tami October 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Omg, I just found your site and I want to make EVERYTHING! You are such a doll and we should be besties!! P.S. In bestie land, being all “Lisa Frank” is a compliment. πŸ™‚

    Q: My hubs loves his Jack Dagnils sauce. Would JD be good in this rec?

    Thank you!!!

    • Reply Adrianna October 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      We are friends. Duh. That’s how this whole blogging thing works. That’s why it’s awesome. And I love Lisa Frank…so thank you! πŸ™‚ To answer your question: Jack Daniels is not considered a bourbon whiskey…it’s just whiskey. BUT it should be fine. It’d start with adding two tablespoons and go from there. Three might be a bit too strong.

  • Reply Kathrin October 11, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I want to do this right noow! πŸ˜€ And with the jars, it looks so cute!

  • Reply Diana October 10, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Those puddings look gorgeous, I love any dessert spiked with booze. The weck jars are great, I just treated myself to a bunch and need to find a reason to use them. I have to agree the millionaire matchmaker is super scary. She is always yelling at people and I’ve also noticed she really hates red heads, which I happen to be.

  • Reply Lora October 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Butterscotch pudding is by far the best childhood indulgence that I love to give into every now and then. I will have to wait for company to come over because I know if I make this recipe I am in severe danger of eating it all in one go!

  • Reply Carolyn@ LivingOriental October 9, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I love caramel, and that looks just too perfect to eat! Love this recipe πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca October 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I am making these right now and my husband couldn’t be happier! FYI, the last ingredient in the caramel recipe is missing–it just says 1/4 cup, room temperature. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna October 9, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Eeeee!! It’s all fixed now.

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