Café Au Lait Pudding

Chocolate, Desserts

Yesterday I read Ree’s list of Ten Important Things About Blogging and one of the things she recommended was to tell people who visit and read your blog that you love them.

So I figured our relationship had gotten to that point where I should tell you. And though it feels a bit awkward to be the first to say it–I don’t care. Sometimes you gotta be the first to say it, ya know? Almost like ripping a band-aid off of a hairy arm.

So here it is: I love you. For reals.

I think it’s pretty amazing how you come here each day, or every other day or even once a month, to check out what’s cooking, and what random things are being said.

I love this blog so dang much. Mainly because it gives me an excuse to cook things I never would otherwise. In this case, it’s pushed me to the point where I no longer suck at making pudding.

A few years ago I tried to make this pudding–it turned into a lumpy, gross mess. There’s kinda nothing more gag worthy than eating lumpy pudding. Ugh. After that, I sorta gave up on making puddings, thinking they just weren’t for me…

Until I came across this Cafe Au Lait Pudding, and even though the reviews were grim, I couldn’t get the recipe out of my head. Which shouldn’t have been that surprising since a little while back I ate these Mocha Popsicles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Coffee. Milk. Whipped cream. Cinnamon. Basically a latte in pudding form. What’s seriously not to love?

So I shrugged the bad reviews off, determined to make the pudding work.

I started with deciding to cut down the amount of instant espresso (since everyone complained about it being too strong), adding a teaspoon of cocoa powder, some vanilla extract and upping the amount of sugar.

And then an hour later I was met with pure pudding success. Finally. I made a pudding that was not only edible but seriously awesome.

Cafe Au Lait Pudding

Recipe adapted from Gourmet

Print this recipe!

If you like things on the sweeter side, I’d advise upping the sugar to 1/2 cup. If not, then stick with the 1/4 cup sugar.

2 cups whole milk

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

1 teaspoon of Dutch processed cocoa powder

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar, divided

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided

Cinnamon for sprinkling

Do a little prep action by making your ice bath first. Grab two metal or glass bowls, one slightly smaller than the other. Fill the larger bowl with ice and a bit of water and place the smaller bowl inside it.

Whisk together milk, coffee granules, cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, cornstarch, 1/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup of sugar–your choice), and a small pinch of salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, then boil 1 minute, whisking constantly.

Adrianna Note: Be sure to scrap the corners of the pot with your whisk to ensure all the cornstarch is properly combined.

Transfer the pudding to the smaller bowl in your ice bath so it can cool, stirring often, about 10 minutes. If there are lumps in the pudding, simply run it through a sieve or strainer. Then pour the pudding into cups or ramekins and chill for 20 minutes. Since I really despise any skin on my pudding, I placed a piece of Saran wrap on the surface to stop that from happening. If you’re a freak and love it, then by all means keep it uncovered.

While the pudding is chilling, beat cream with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and remaining 2 tablespoon sugar using an electric mixer just until soft peaks form. Spoon whipped cream onto puddings and dust cream lightly with cinnamon.

If you keep the pudding in the fridge overnight or even for a few hours, I’d take it out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving. I found the consistency was the best when it wasn’t super cold. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Katrina September 9, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Yum! This looks fantastic! And so easy… 🙂

  • Reply Bethany September 9, 2010 at 5:49 am

    What a great idea — glad it turned out well! I’m not usually a huge pudding fan but anything with coffee will tempt me. I’m trying not to be too discouraged about not having cute jars like you, though…

  • Reply heather September 9, 2010 at 6:19 am

    not only do you love us, but you can read our minds… or at least mine. i was just searching for pudding recipes last night! this is the winner, since, let’s face it, my fiancée and i are coffee addicts. caffeineaholics? either way, it’ll be delicious.

    cheers and thanks for keeping up the greatness,


  • Reply Sheri September 9, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I have been reading your blog for a few weeks and enjoy it. I love this recipe for the cafe au lait pudding. I am not a great fan of pudding, but this has to be good because it has a coffee and looks so good. Thanks for the post.

  • Reply sterling style September 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Oh girl I can’t wait to try this!!

  • Reply Nicole September 9, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Congrats on turning this recipe around! It looks so rich and creamy. I love your blog and it’s one of my favorite places to stop by and leave a comment 🙂

  • Reply julia September 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

    So glad your blog pushed you to the point where you no longer suck at making pudding. haha. The recipe looks great and the pictures are beautiful, keep up the great blogging!

  • Reply Bonnie September 9, 2010 at 9:37 am

    We love you too!!! And I must say that I love you a bit more for posting this! 🙂 I am ABSOLUTELY going to try it!

  • Reply Maria September 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

    This recipe looks like a winner! nice job!

  • Reply Naomi September 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I’ve seen this recipe on Gourmet and always bemoaned its bad reviews, I’m so glad you tried it and tweaked it and made it work!

    Have you ever tried to make this pudding?
    It’s revelatory and will put you in a chocolate pudding coma, but only in the best way.

    • Reply Adrianna September 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

      Holy moly. That recipe looks seriously dangerous/amazing.

    • Reply Viktoriya Popin October 8, 2010 at 3:57 am

      I made it, and it worked out perfectly!

  • Reply Joanne September 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Love you too!

    Ree’s article made me laugh infinitely much and made me nod profusely at just about everything she said. She’s awesome.

    You’re awesome. This pudding. Also super awesome. I love pudding. Still haven’t mastered it yet. But maybe someday…

  • Reply Stephanie September 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Love it. It looks beautiful, reminiscent of the toasted marshmallow milkshake success.

    And yes of course, we the visiters, love you too. You bring sunshine and sweets to our lives and make us laugh. It’s a beautiful thing…like your puddie.

  • Reply Adriana from Baking Powders September 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    i love cafe au lait! i’m so glad the coffee place by my house actually knows how to make them… not a cappuccino, not a latte, just cafe au lait. this pudding is a great concoction, must try soon!

  • Reply Barelyvogue September 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Love this looks soo delish!! I will definately try this. thanks for posting.
    Keep in touch!


  • Reply Laura September 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    OMGz, this looks incredible. So going to be making this this weekend!

  • Reply Acacia September 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love you too!

  • Reply Becky September 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Oh dear, this looks TOO good! Pudding is a little scary but I might have to suck it up and try this too!

  • Reply Jordan September 10, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Note to self: Instant coffee is different from coffee grounds. They are not interchangeable unless you want your heart to suddenly speed up ridiculously fast then stop completely.

    Apart from the slight grit and the INTENSE coffee flavor, very tasty recipe. I loved the sprinkling of cinnamon on top. It really made the whole thing for me.

    • Reply Adrianna September 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

      Ohhhh nooo! I was in Starbucks this morning and spotted those little packets of VIA brew. I bet those would work perfectly for this recipe. I’d give it another go with the instant stuff!

  • Reply Tina September 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Holy cow does that look insanely good! I could go for one of those just abt now – I totally need a caffeine fix NOW. I seriously heart your blog and could spend the entire day salivating over all the luscious recipes! Thx for being a yummy part of my day 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna September 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      thank you, thank you! X

  • Reply Michelle September 10, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Oh, this looks positively awesome. I wish I had some right now.

  • Reply Katie's Cooking September 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    These look soooo delicious! I love your idea of serving them in the little mason jars. Too cute for words

  • Reply Lala September 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm


  • Reply yummy supper September 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Adrianna, you are a pudding goddess! Good for you for sharing the “love”.

  • Reply My Kitchen in the Rockies September 12, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Wow, we would love this pudding. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply shayla September 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    This is a great recipie!
    I amped up the whipped cream with some Baileys to get an Irish coffee effect.

  • Reply M. September 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    such tasty love confession 🙂

    great recipe and photos:)

  • Reply emily September 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve always been dissatisfied with my homemade puddings, so I tried to make this last night, and it turned out perfectly! Thank you for this lovely and refreshing recipe. It was very quick, and tasted so gourmet. This is definitely going into my dessert repertoire. Thank you!

    • Reply Adrianna September 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      Yay! So glad it worked out. That makes me feel super.

  • Reply Viktoriya Popin October 8, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I love it! It worked aout perfect and so easy to do! Thank You for a good recipe!

  • Reply Daniela October 16, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Love this recipe, I m gonna try it out and post it on my blog if u want. I’ll link ur blog of course 🙂

  • Reply Judith October 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Starbucks is making an 1 cup instant coffee liquid concentrate in a little envelope, which makes a super lovely cup of coffee…do you think that would work instead of the granules? Thanks for the lovin’ — I love your blog back.

  • Reply Sasha @ Global Table Adventure December 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    This would be my ideal Valentine’s snack… easy, tasty, and scrumptious. Great work! 🙂

  • Reply Daniela December 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    This looks sooooo delicious, Going to try it soon. Thanks for shanring 🙂

  • Reply Lanita Canup December 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    This looks wonderful! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply ruthanne December 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Wonderful – I didn’t have mason jars so I put it in crystal punch cups! My son ate 3.

  • Reply meri December 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    looks great! i just made a recipe so similar to this, but it used espresso and more cocoa.

  • Reply Cat January 21, 2011 at 4:26 am

    How many servings does this make please??

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    I just made this amazing desert ,
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    Looks So Yummmmy! i will sure try it this weekend 🙂

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