Last week I got a text from an old college friend. She would be in town one night only and wondered if I wanted to get together for dinner. Since I'm a huge fan of impromptu soirées, I invited her and two other gals for dinner. With six hours to the dinner party, I frantically began to create a menu with appetizers, entree, and dessert. I wanted a dessert that was rapid, unexpected, and downright delicious. A dessert like Gourmet's fast butterscotch pudding.

From start to finish it takes less than 20 minutes to make. At first I was worried about it not setting quickly enough, but after chilling for three hours, it was thick, rich, and creamy. The girls were pleasantly surprised when I pulled the puddings from the fridge and totally satisfied after eating them.

The pure essence of butterscotch is apparent in each bite, and the pillowy whipped cream is a luscious accompaniment. The only thing I didn't like about this recipe was that it made exactly four portions and I was hungry for more! To delight your friends with this uncomplicated and nostalgic dessert,


Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding


  1. 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp cornstarch
  3. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  4. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. lightly sweetened whipped cream, for serving


  1. Whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 tsp salt in a heavy medium saucepan, then whisk in milk and cream.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently, then boil, whisking, 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla. Pour into a bowl, then cover surface with buttered wax paper and chill until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.

Serves 4.

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