I am obsessed with writing recipes. Here’s a glimpse of what I usually do in the pretense of studying … Mom doesn’t read my blog anyways, so I shouldn’t be in too much trouble, eh?
Remember the last time I used Agar Agar for setting a cheesecake? While I was really new to the idea of western food, (I’m not claiming to be an expert now either. The knowledge has only marginally increased since then ) the idea of using Agar Agar instead of gelatin stayed with me. I’ve been patiently waiting to come across a recipe with agar agar that inspires me to cook. Haven’t had luck so far. And so, I decided to create one that I could try.
I’ve never written recipes for desserts before. And if I’m going to be honest, this recipe is not entirely mine either. I’ve taken the science of making a basic custard with cornflour and improvised it to make it pudding-like. And I honestly think I’ve accomplished what I’ve been looking for. A perfect, hassle free, egg free butterscotch pudding! I made a praline too. But none of us liked it a lot. So we added some butterscotch chips instead.
Eggless Butterscotch Pudding Recipe
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Makes: 4 glasses
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Set Time: 3-4 hours
Milk – 500 ml
Sugar – 100 grams (less or more)
Butter – 2 tablespoons
Cornflour – 5 tablespoons
Agar Agar – 2 tablespoons (need help? Click HERE)
Water – 1 cup
Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
For the praline (if making)
Chopped nuts – 2 tablespoons
Sugar – 2 teaspoons
** Convert to your measurements.
a) Making the Pudding
Step 1: Soak the Agar Agar flakes in water for 20-30 minutes to soften it. (I ground the flakes in the mixer once to break them into tiny pieces. You can simply tear them)
Step 2: Combine 1/2 cup of milk with cornflour. Mix well and keep aside.
Step 3: In a deep bottomed pan, heat sugar & butter together. Cook on medium for a few minutes until the mixture turns a beautiful golden brown. (Use the sugar as per the recipe first. If you need a bit more sugar, you can add it later on)
Watch Out For – the mixture hardening. It only takes one minute for the sugar to harden. But not to worry. Even if the mixture hardens (like mine did), as you proceed with step 4, the sugar will melt again and blend well with the milk
Step 4: Add the milk (or cream) to the caramelized sugar mixture and stir until sugar melts.
MEANWHILE Step 5: Simultaneously, place the agar agar + water on a burner and let it cook until the agar agar (or gelatin) melts. (Usually, powdered agar agar melts faster. But flakes should ideally melt too) (Also refer to my notes on how to cook with agar agar or china grass)
Step 6: As the sugar dissolves into the milk & everything is smooth, stir in the cornflour-milk mixture and cook till the mixture thickens. It usually takes about 1-2 minutes only.
Step 7: The Agar Agar solution we heated up in Step 5 should (ideally) be clear now. Pour the solution into the pudding mixture & stir well.
Step 8: Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently.
Step 9: Remove and let it cool. Stir frequently to avoid clumping.
Step 10: When it is warm, add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
Step 11: Before pouring into the glasses, it is a good idea to run the mixture through a sieve so that any solid, undissolved matter is left out & we get a smooth pudding.
Step 12: Pour into individual glasses or a nice serving bowl. Chill (not freeze) for at least 3-4 hours until the mixture sets
b) To make the PRALINE
- Melt the sugar until it turns golden brown
- Switch off flame, add in chopped nuts & mix once or twice
- Immediately transfer to a plate
- When it solidifies, break it off & store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve
c) How to serve
Top it with some Praline or butterscotch chips or roasted nuts of whipped cream.
POINTS TO NOTE:
> If you use cream instead of milk, you’ll get a richer pudding.
> It takes only a second for the sugar butter mix to go from golden brown liquid to crystallized sugar. So keep an eye out. But even if it does solidify, it can be saved by heating it up.
Here’s proof that my brother annoys and bugs me all the time. That giant leg is his!