Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Brown Sugar Scotch Pudding to Soothe the Soul

Some days I need to be soothed. Yesterday was one of them. I am tired of people that assure you they will do something and then they don’t. Ok, let’s give them credit for trying. But just like yellow ribbons didn’t matter when my kids were small (they knew only the blue counted) trying doesn’t really help. And promising makes it worse.

Yes, I’m feeling a bit bitter, a bit angry, a very bit depressed. When, oh when, will our lives improve? I keep giving thanks for having made it thus far but sometimes I am just tired of being thankful. Sometime I want to yell and scream and lay in bed and not get dressed. I want to give up and scream at this crazy world that doesn’t make sense. I want to shout that my husband is more qualified than most of you f---ers. I want to tell you that I’m not feeling sorry for myself, but I am. I want to tell you that I’m scared and that I’m sorry for sharing all of this with you-whoever you may be. I want to tell the therapist that said to write it all down because it will help, that it really doesn’t. And I want to tell my friend that brought me newspapers and fabric that that was the best thing that happened to me all day. And the kindest.

And that’s enough if you made it this far because I’m blubbering like a baby and I just can’t take it any more. I want someone else to figure out my life because I’m just too tired to figure it out anymore. Least of all care.  And so I’ll share with you about the only thing I have left to give; because food touches my soul. And I’m guessing for those that are still reading, it may touch yours, too. And that is about all I’ve got today. Something above assures me that the sun will still come out tomorrow…

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Brown Sugar Scotch Pudding (adapted from Gourmet)
Serves 4
2 c half and half
3/4 c packed dark brown sugar
2 T cornstarch
2 large egg yolks
¼ t salt
1 T unsalted butter
½ t vanilla
1 T scotch
Stir together half and half, brown sugar, and cornstarch in a 2-3 quart heavy saucepan and heat over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated through. (Do not let boil.)

Whisk together yolks and salt in a medium bowl until smooth, then add hot half and half mixture in a slow stream while whisking. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking for 1 minute. Mixture will thicken.

Immediately pour through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl and stir in butter, vanilla and scotch until butter is incorporated. Cover surface with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until chilled-or you can just eat it warm, which isn’t so bad. Well, it is pretty good, too.

Choice of Toppings:

Whipped Topping

Mix ½ c heavy cream with ½ c sour cream and beat until mixture holds stiff peaks.


Caramel Sauce

1 c dark brown sugar
¾ c heavy cream
2 T butter
1 t ground coffee

Stir all ingredients together and heat in microwave on low power until melted.

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  1. I dunno - sometimes staying in bed seems a pretty reasonable course of action to me. ;-) Sorry for your troubles, and I hope things will soon be looking brighter. But in the meantime, maybe eat some more of this? Terrific looking pudding. Sounds wonderful, and the pictures are quite good.

  2. Thanks Mr. Riffs. You always know the right thing to say. It is good pudding and I could easily eat the entire recipe.

  3. Sounds like you've had better days than than the one you're experiencing. So long as it's just a day, why not lay low, spend a little extra time in bed, and have some of this pudding. For me, things always look better after a little self-pampering. Give it a try. And I'll take one of those puddings if you've any left over. :)

  4. How come all male bloggers are so sweet? Thanks for the kind words. What I could really use is some of that brodetto that you posted today!

  5. Oh dear, I hear you loud and clear. I'm not sure what you're going through, but I hope you're feeling better soon! Sometimes we just need to let it all out, even writing it down doesn't seems to help, I believe it does, in some way. Hope you'll have a better day tomorrow....and I'm sure this gorgeous brown sugar scotch pudding can help you feel a bit better. :) Hang in there....I'm sure there's light at the end of the tunnel.

  6. This looks very indulgent! I like the scotch in it, great flavoring.

  7. Thanks, Amy. You guys all make me feel so much better. I better make some more pudding!

  8. Thanks Natalie. It is luscious!

  9. my soul needs soothing!!! this would do it...

  10. Abbe read my mind! I need that pudding. If you were here with me we would share pudding, teas and perfumes!!!
    KIss from Brazil, Simone

  11. this looks awesome. I can't wait to try it.

  12. Thank you actor's diet. Today is a better day. And Simone-One day we will! And thanks Emanuelle for writing. You will enjoy it. I promise!

  13. It does look awesome, but because I have diabetes I can't try it. I Hope you feel better by now - I wish you were here and we would have done something fun together.
    when I feel blue I want to stay in bed or eat comforting sweet food, but because of the diabetes I try to exercise instead. Usually it works!

  14. This is why I chose to oven bake my fried chicken. So I can have dessert like this! LOL

  15. Oh, Priscilla. you made me laugh! I'll be honest. That's a tough choice, because I LOVE fried chicken.

  16. oh i so hear you - i hate when people do the same thing to me - it just doesn't help. sometimes one just needs an empathatic ear to cry to. so while i can't offer anything i can tell you that you were heard and my heart goes out to you and your family.

  17. You are so kind-and so right. Thank you. And try the pudding. It helps!

  18. That looks amazing and certainly very comforting! It is just terrible when people say they'll do something and don't or when they say after the fact "I was going to . . ." There are no points for trying. Luckily, sometimes people surprise you in a really great way to make up for all the other times.

  19. You are right Laura. Those are the ones tht make life worth living. Sounds like you are one of them!

  20. This looks awesome and amazing !
    The perfect comfort food :)

    I really like your blog and recipes, it's so creative and fresh !

  21. This is lick the spoon, pot and bowl clean. Very indulgent as Natalie said. And thanks for the kudos on my blog. They are very much appreciated.

  22. Just the pudding to comfort your soul. Life isn´t fair sometimes, it´s true, and other times it´s ok to not get dressed. Let´s hope the near future will be brighter! Gorgeous recipe!

  23. Thanks so much Paula. And I appreciate the comments!