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Blank Canvas Dessert: Buttermilk Pudding

It's good to have a few blank canvas dessert recipes in your repertoire. By blank canvas, I mean desserts that are easy to make, may be prepared in advance, and can be creatively added to. For example, these buttermilk puddings are delicious alone, but are effortlessly jazzed up with a caramel sauce, fresh fruit, syrups, candies, or just about anything that floats your fancy! For a perfect Halloween dessert, use melted chocolate to give these individual puddings ghost faces or spider webs. With this dessert the possibilities are endless, so get the recipe,


Buttermilk Pudding
From Real Simple magazine

1 1/4-ounce envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Canola oil for the ramekins

  1. Combine the gelatin with 1/4 cup water in a small bowl or measuring cup and let stand for 3 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup of the cream and the sugar. Cook, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the gelatin..
  4. In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, vanilla, and the remaining cream. Stir in the warm cream mixture.
  5. Lightly oil six 6-ounce ramekins. Divide the mixture evenly among the ramekins.
  6. Refrigerate, covered, 3 hours or overnight. To serve, run a knife around the edge of each ramekin and invert onto plates.

Serves 6.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: CALORIES 270(54% from fat); FAT 16g (sat 9g); SUGAR 25g; PROTEIN 5g; CHOLESTEROL 59mg; SODIUM 147mg; FIBER 0g; CARBOHYDRATE 27g

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tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
Do they taste like cheesecake maybe??? hmmmm..........they do need some kind of sauce I think!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
just finished... waiting for tomorrow morning :)
Sunshine-in-Seattle Sunshine-in-Seattle 8 years
I can't decide if this would be good or not. Has anyone tried these? What is the flavor like? Being a chocolate hater this seems right up my alley!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i thought this was a marshmallow recipe.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Great idea and looks simple to make.
MamaD MamaD 8 years
I think they look chalky and very unappealling!!
wickidgrrl wickidgrrl 8 years
this is pretty brilliant actually. You can totally make this for a dinner party and have different sauces and toppings like various berries out on the table for your guests to prepare themselves. My friends love when i have food where they can add their own little touch to it. It'll be a hit, can't wait to try it!:)
sophlb sophlb 8 years
I can't wait to try this using cute molds!
dolcezza dolcezza 8 years
I love them .. but how big - er, should i say small - are they? Because they look teeny tiny. hehehehe They look smaller than a Halloween sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Are these actually big enough for a small single serving ? I hope so cuz the look like perfect little after dinner treats.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Good idea.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Good idea.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
what a cute little shape.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
what a cute little shape.
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