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Vanilla Pudding with Sautéed Pears

Real Simple APRIL 2004

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 2 pears
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ground cinnamon


In a medium saucepan, combine sugar with cornstarch and salt. Whisk in milk and eggs until well blended. Over medium-high heat, heat the mixture to simmering, whisking constantly; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Pour into a shallow metal bowl and place waxed paper directly on the surface. Refrigerate to chill, about 1 hour.

Core and thinly slice pears. In a skillet, over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Sauté the pears in the butter for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and cook, stirring, until the sugar turns golden, 3 minutes. Spoon the pudding into cups and top with the warm pears; sprinkle with some ground cinnamon.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 210mg
  • Calories: 437
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 50g
  • Cholesterol: 257mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Protein: 12mg
  • Saturated fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 280mg