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Butterscotch Pudding with Bourbon-Brown Sugar Meringue

Oxmoor House
Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Other time 8 hrs
Yield 6 servings
If you prefer a subtle molasses flavor, use the lesser amount of molasses in the pudding. For entertaining, serve the pudding with Molasses Cigarillos.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups milk, divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

How to Make It

  1. Combine butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, and molasses in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.

  2. Combine 1 3/4 cups milk and whipping cream in a separate saucepan. Split vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into saucepan; stir in bean pod. Bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove and discard vanilla bean pod. Slowly whisk milk mixture into sugar mixture.

  3. Whisk together egg yolks, remaining 1/2 cup milk, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt in a small bowl. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot mixture into yolk mixture; add yolk mixture to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 20 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; pour into a 1-quart baking dish. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pudding; chill at least 8 hours.

  4. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, bourbon, and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat 7 minutes or until a candy thermometer reaches 235°.

  5. Meanwhile, beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually drizzle in hot brown sugar syrup, beating at high speed 2 minutes or until thick and glossy. Mound meringue over chilled pudding, forming peaks with the back of a spoon. Broil 8 inches from heat 2 minutes or until meringue is browned.

Christmas with Southern Living 2006