Friday, April 25, 2014

Peanut Butter Pudding

I have no idea as to the origin of this recipe.  I stumbled upon it, quite by accident, crumpled in the back of my recipe box.  My guess is that it harkens (just hearing harken should tell you it’s old) from the early '80s).  A baseball-watching friend of ours has dinner with us once a week to either praise or bemoan the Cardinals (if you’re a sports fan, you know that we are currently bemoaning).  He loves peanut butter.  He used to bring a peanut butter pie almost weekly until finally we just couldn’t take it anymore.  It’s been a year since we’ve had any sort of peanut butter dessert.  Finding this recipe, I thought, was a stroke of fate, indicating that it was time to try peanut butter again.

This is a very easy pudding to make.  Because of the cornstarch there is absolutely no guesswork involved as far as cooking time is concerned.  I like that in a pudding.  It is nicely peanut buttery without being overly so, and the level of sweetness is just right, not cloying.

Peanut Butter Pudding

1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a saucepan. Stream milk and half-and-half into the saucepan while whisking constantly to dissolve the sugar mixture.

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring continually, for 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir peanut butter and vanilla extract into the milk mixture until smooth.

Divide the mixture into 4 small serving dishes and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Top with dollops of whipped cream and roasted peanuts.

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Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

This looks like a delicious easy dessert.

I cheer for the Dodgers or Angels unless the Cardinals are involved. :)


Marigene said...

Looks delicious, but for me, I would just have to add some chocolate...such a great combo!
Have a great weekend, Pattie.

Mimi said...

OMG Pattie....this looks AWESOME! Saw you at My Romantic Home and couldn't resist a peek!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Pattie! Peanut Butter Pudding? I don't think I've ever heard of it before but my oh my, I sure would love to try it! Cornstarch in pudding recipes is most welcome at this end. I tend to overcook pudding:) Thanks for sharing, Pattie...

Kaz @ Melting Moments said...

I love finding recipes that have been hidden away. I recently found a great samoosa recipe.

Your recipe sounds divine!

Shannon @ JustAsDelish said...

OMG Peanut Butter in a pudding. Can I have the whole pot please? and I'll lick it clean for you :P