25 Incredibly Simple Pudding Recipes You Can Try at Home

Craving something sweet all the time? Wouldn’t you just love to sink your teeth into good old caramel pudding or perhaps a chocolate delight? We have just the thing for you. From fruity flavours to healthy yet sinfully sweet tasty treats, here are 25 easy-to-make pudding recipes that’ll drive your senses wild.

1) Caramel pudding

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Caramel pudding is a very popular dessert and is quite simple to prepare. It is a delicious traditional dessert with creamy caramel over silky custard.

Ingredients:

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  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Directions:

For making caramel:

  1. Add sugar and heat in a dry pan until the sugar melts and turns slightly brown. Add a little water and the sugar syrup will bubble up. Do not stir just swirl to heat up evenly.
  2. Once the mixture turns golden brown, pour the caramel into a baking mould that spreads to fill the base. Take a large baking pan and pour water up to 1-inch height. Keep the mould or dish with sugar syrup on the baking pan with water.

For making vanilla pudding:

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  1. Beat eggs until fluffy then add sugar and beat it well until the sugar dissolves completely. You can use the whisk to beat until fluffy.
  2. Boil the milk. Once boiled, remove it from the flame and allow it to cool. Then add it to the egg sugar mixture and beat for few minutes. Add the vanilla essence and stir.
  3. Now pour the milk egg mixture into the prepared baking mould. Preheat the oven to 190°C and bake for 35-45 minutes.
  4. Allow it to cool and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
  5. At the time of serving run a knife around the edges of the pudding to loosen a bit then invert the mould on the serving plate. A delicious caramel coated vanilla pudding or flan is ready.

Tips:

  • Over baking leads to a bitter tasting caramel.
  • Allow the caramel to spread through all sides of the base of the container you use for setting the pudding.

2) Bread pudding with pineapple

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Make this quick and easy bread pudding using canned or fresh pineapple in just a few minutes in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 20-ounce can chunk pineapple or 1 cup fresh crushed pineapple, drained, but reserve 2 tablespoons of juice
  • 4 cups bread, cubed (approximately 7 slices)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar; add eggs, milk, pineapple and 2 tablespoons of the reserved pineapple juice. Then fold in bread cubes.
  3. Pour into a 9 x 9-inch baking dish and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until set. If it gets too brown, cover lightly with aluminium foil for the last 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Tips: Choosing milk: use whole or 2% milk. Anything lighter and you run the risk of a too-thin pudding.

3) Spanish Flan

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Spanish flan is a delicious and lip-smacking dessert. It is a traditional Spanish/Hispanic dessert that can be dressed up anyway from chocolate to traditional. This flan is simple, creamy and smooth.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F or 175 °C.
  2. Place a saucepan over medium heat and melt sugar. Allow it to liquefy and turn golden.
  3. Pour the sugar syrup into a 9-inch round glass bottom baking dish.
  4. Turn the dish to evenly coat the entire bottom and sides with the syrup. Set aside.
  5. Beat eggs in a large bowl.
  6. Add condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
  7. Pour this egg mixture into the baking dish.
  8. Cover the dish with aluminium foil.
  9. Bake the mixture for about 60 minutes.
  10. Remove and cool the flan completely.
  11. Carefully invert the flan onto a serving plate.
  12. Serve.

Tips: Creamy pudding: After pudding has thoroughly chilled, you can whisk it or beat it in my mixer before serving. This isn’t a necessary step, but it makes the pudding lighter and creamier after it has set in the fridge.

4) Rice pudding recipe

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Rice pudding is a delicious dish made with rice and milk. Garnished with lots of raisins and cardamom powder this sweet dish is not only tasty but extremely healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup white rice
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, rice and salt in a medium heavy-bottomed pan; bring to a boil.
  2. Now reduce the flame and cook until the rice is tender. Stir frequently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Now in a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg and brown sugar until well mixed.
  4. Now heat egg-sugar-rice mixture and stir on low heat, for 10 minutes until thickened.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract. Remove from heat and stir in the raisins and cinnamon.
  6. Serve warm or cold.

Tips: Egg-free pudding: This pudding can be made without egg by substituting egg with condensed milk; it just won’t be quite as thick and rich. If making without egg, add condensed milk, and be sure to use whole milk.

5) Sago pudding

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Sago/ tapioca pudding is a sweet pudding made by boiling sago with either water or milk and adding sugar and sometimes additional flavours. It is made in many cultures with varying styles, and may be produced in a variety of ways.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sago soaked in water for an hour
  • 750ml full-cream milk
  • 80ml brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • Ground cinnamon to sprinkle

Directions:

  1. Drain the soaked sago, rinse well and drain again.
  2. Boil the milk with the cinnamon stick in a pan.
  3. Once the milk starts to boil, lower the heat and add sago.
  4. Stir continuously over a low flame until sago has thickened and has become transparent (add more milk if too thick)
  5. Remove the cinnamon stick and add sugar and salt.
  6. Remove from heat and beat in 2 eggs, one at a time.
  7. Add the vanilla essence.
  8. Pour mixture into greased oven-proof dish.
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon over mixture and bake on 180°C in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until brown on top.

Tips: Serve as it is or with a little cream or with fresh fruits.

6) Custard pudding

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This simple recipe makes the most amazing custard. It is sweet and comforting and full of mild protein.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 165 °C.
  2. Whisk milk, sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla extract together in a bowl.
  3. Pour egg mixture into 6 custard cups.
  4. Place cups in a baking pan and fill the pan with enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the custard cups.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until custards are set, about 1 hour. Cool completely.

Tips: It thickens as it cools. You can use 1 tsp of corn starch for the thickening purpose. You can also chill the custard and serve it later with any fruits.

7) Chocolate corn starch pudding

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Unbaked puddings get their richness and thickness from a mixture of corn starch. Chocolate pudding gets an extra boost from the chocolate itself.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tsp butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Stir together sugar, cocoa, corn starch and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Place over medium heat, and add milk. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.
  3. Remove from heat, and add butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Let it cool, and serve warm, or chill in refrigerator before serving.

Tips: For the best possible pudding, use top-quality cocoa powder.

Pudding skin: Press a plastic wrap or wax paper on the surface of the pudding to avoid the thickened skin that forms on the top as they cool. If you like the skin, then leave the pudding uncovered.

8) Lemon pudding

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This microwave sponge pudding can be ready in just 10 minutes. Hence, having less time at hand will not stop you from making your own pudding.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 cup whole milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and butter until smooth.
  3. Whisk in milk, lemon zest and juice. Whisk in sugar and flour until smooth.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, beat egg whites and salt with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whites into lemon mixture. Divide batter among ramekins.
  5. Pour very hot tap water into baking pan until it reaches halfway up sides of ramekins.
  6. Bake until cakes are puffy and lightly golden, about 35 minutes. Cool and serve

Tips: There are only three things which can ruin this pudding cake: failure to whip the egg until they form stiff, glossy peaks, failure to use the right pan size, and failure to employ the hot-water baking method properly.

9) Pineapple pudding

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Delicious, yummy pineapple pudding made by adding crushed pineapple, condensed milk and other ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed pineapple
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 50 grams China grass
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • For topping: 4-5 thinly sliced circular pineapple pieces

Directions:

  1. Boil normal milk and condensed milk together in a pan.
  2. Soak china grass in 2 tsp water.
  3. Add it to the boiling milk and stir constantly for 10 minutes till china grass dissolves completely.
  4. Mix crushed pineapple, vanilla and sugar.
  5. Cook the pineapple on low flame for about 10 minutes.
  6. Allow the pineapple and milk to cool.
  7. Spread the pineapple in a pudding dish then gradually pour the milk into the dish.
  8. Decorate it with thinly sliced circular pineapple pieces.
  9. Refrigerate till the pudding sets and serve.

Tips: You can use gelatine instead of china grass

10) Vanilla pudding

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The smooth, creamy taste of Vanilla Pudding makes it a delicious addition to any buffet, party or large event. Serve it alone or with pies, parfaits and other recipes to create an exciting new dessert option.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp corn starch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan put all the dry ingredients, including corn starch.
  2. Add milk and whisk until dissolved.
  3. Heat milk until bubbles form at edges.
  4. Continue to cook and stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Do not boil.
  5. Remove from heat, add vanilla essence and butter. Pour into serving dishes.
  6. Chill before serving.

11) Jelly pudding

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This dessert will leave your kids swarming around you for more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of jelly, a flavour of your choice. You can even make it multi-coloured
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 2 tsp gelatine

Directions:

  1. Add 1 cup of water to a box of jelly. Transfer to a pan and chill till firmly set. It takes almost 4 hours or preferably overnight
  2. Cut them into shapes of your choice after it is set.
  3. Add gelatine to 1/2 cup of water.
  4. Bring milk, cream and condensed milk to boil on low heat in a pan. Switch off the flame.
  5. Stir in the gelatine to the cream mixture and allow it to cool. Just when is mildly lukewarm add in the cut jelly pieces.
  6. Serve your delicious jelly pudding chilled.

Tips: The jelly dissolves if you add it to warm milk. To give a marble finish, add jelly when milk is mildly warm.

12) Vermicelli pudding recipe

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This dish is very popular in all Indian houses. From old to young, this dish is loved by all and gives a yummy taste with its sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre milk
  • 200 grams of vermicelli
  • 250 grams of sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 pinches of saffron
  • 15-20 pieces of cashew nuts
  • 8 tsp ghee

Directions:

  1. Fry vermicelli in half of the ghee till it turns golden brown.
  2. Boil milk and add vermicelli to it. Boil until vermicelli gets cooked.
  3. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  4. Now add cardamom powder and saffron.
  5. Continue boiling till the desired consistency is achieved.
  6. Garnish it with fried cashew nuts.
  7. Switch off the flame and serve vermicelli pudding hot or cold.

Tips: 1 cup condensed milk can be used which enhances the flavour and thickens the pudding.

13) Milk pudding

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Milk pudding is very easy to make and is one among the favourite pudding of kids.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 litre milk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 20 grams of gelatine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • caramel topping or chocolate sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat milk and beaten eggs in a saucepan stirring continuously.
  2. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the flame and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix gelatine with a little boiling water, stir and add it to the boiling milk.
  4. Mix well and then turn off the flame.
  5. Add vanilla and sugar, mix till it dissolves completely.
  6. After this mixture cools, pour it into individual bowls.
  7. Refrigerate for about 4 hours. Serve chilled.

Tips: Garnish with pomegranate seeds and pistachios or your favourite dried fruit mix combo.

14) Banana pudding

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Nothing can be more nutritious and tasty as this dessert, rich in dry fruits and Bananas.

Ingredients:

  • 6 bananas
  • 250 grams of sugar
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 8-10 cashew nuts
  • Fistful almonds
  • Fistful raisins

Directions:

  1. Chop the bananas finely and keep aside.
  2. Make thick syrup by heating the mixture of sugar and water.
  3. Remove the syrup from the flame and add chopped bananas.
  4. Now add cashew nuts, almonds, raisins, cardamom powder.
  5. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour. Serve

Tips: Desired food colour can be used to bring out your pudding in elegant colours.

15) Cheese pudding

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Cheese pudding is simple to make and yet tasty and healthy. It makes you forget about your waistline after the first bite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup grated cottage cheese (paneer)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • 4 tsp corn flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 3-5 drops vanilla essence

Directions:

  1. Heat sugar with water to make syrup in a pan.
  2. Add cottage cheese (paneer) to the syrup, stirring continuously for few minutes.
  3. Add corn flour and cook the mixture till it becomes thick.
  4. Add vanilla essence and remove from flame.
  5. Garnish the pudding with chopped pistachios.
  6. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Tips: The great thing is you may use any flavour you like for the pudding, like chocolate or vanilla.

16) Papaya pudding

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Papaya pudding is delicious and easy to make dessert for any occasion. The 2-step preparation procedure and just 3 ingredients is really a boon when you run out of time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups papaya slices
  • 2 tsp skim milk
  • 1 tsp sugar

Directions:

  1. Blend the milk, papaya and sugar in a liquidiser.
  2. Pour this mixture into cups.
  3. Serve it chilled.

Tips: Do not keep the preparation at room temperature as papaya will get bitter.

17) Cinnamon oatmeal pudding

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What can be more rejuvenating than a bowl of pudding on a hot, sunny day?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
  • 4 tsp sugar

Directions:

  1. Bring water and salt to boil in medium saucepan over high heat.
  2. Whisk eggs, 2 cups milk, cinnamon and vanilla in bowl; stir into boiling water. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Stir in oats and sugar. Simmer until desired consistency, about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon into four bowls. Top each serving with 1 tsp cranberries and serve chilled.

18) Toffee pudding

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If you are planning to serve a tasty cake, do it along with this easy to prepare toffee pudding.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large chocolate muffins, crumbled
  • 50g raisins/ sultanas
  • 50g sugar
  • 50g butter
  • 75ml cream
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 200°C/180°C.
  2. Mix the muffins with the sultanas/ raisins. Divide between 4 buttered ramekins or one baking dish.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 8 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a pan, stir sugar, butter and cream and gently heat together, stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Pour the sauce over the muffin mixture and serve warm with ice cream.

Tips: To prepare ahead, do not bake the muffin mixture, just pour over the sauce and leave to cool. Chill until ready to serve, and bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes until it’s bubbling and is piping hot.

19) Apple pudding

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It is just a simple and easy apple pudding recipe. When you are in a hurry you may want to give this dessert a try.

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples
  • 8 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 30 gm raisins
  • 10 gm cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Directions:

  1. Peel the apples and slice them.
  2. Chop cashew nuts.
  3. Put the apples, cashew nuts, sugar, cinnamon powder, lemon juice and the raisins in a mixing bowl.
  4. Mix well and bake in a pudding dish at 200°C, for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve it hot

Tips: It is good plain but better with milk, cream, whipped cream or lemon sauce.

20) Litchi pudding

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Litchi is one of the most loved seasonal fruit in India. Now enjoy the luscious, juicy fruit with a creamy, lavish pudding.

Ingredients:

  • Milkmaid – ½ tin
  • Milk – 400 ml
  • Litchis – 1 can
  • Fresh cream – 200 ml
  • Gelatine – 5 tsp

Directions:

  1. Drain the litchis from the can and crush in the mixer.
  2. Beat the milkmaid, milk and fresh cream using egg beater. Mix in the litchis.
  3. Soak the gelatine in 5tbsp water. Leave it for 5 min and add 5 tsp warm water and stir with a fork till the gelatine completely dissolves
  4. Add the gelatine to the milk mixture
  5. Pour into a bowl or individual cups and refrigerate for 4- 5 hrs. Serve cold.

Tips: You can use fresh litchis or the canned ones.

21) Chocolate pudding (cooker method)

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This pudding is a crowd-pleaser and is easily dressed up for grown-ups. The result is worth every bit of effort you put in.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp softened butter
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Melt the dark chocolate and milk over gentle heat in a pan and mix well.
  2. Add the bread crumbs to it. Mix well and keep aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the condensed milk, vanilla essence, walnuts and Dark chocolate mixture. Mix well.
  5. Pour this mixture into a greased cake tin and cover it with a foil paper.
  6. Put the cake tin in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  7. Unmould, cut into wedges and serve hot.

Tips: For the best possible pudding, use top quality cocoa powder and chocolate.

22) China grass pudding

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This is incredibly simple pudding recipes you can try at home.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pineapple (chopped)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ China grass
  • ½ litre milk
  • 1 tin milkmaid
  • Few cherries
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

Directions:

  1. Soak china grass in water until it softens.
  2. Stir pineapple with sugar and bake in the oven 180C for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Combine china grass with milk, milkmaid, and vanilla essence in a pan. Cook, stirring frequently until the mixture starts boiling. Remove from heat.
  4. Place the baked pineapple mixture on a shallow serving plate and pour the milk mixture to cover the pineapple. Leave aside to cool.
  5. Top up with cherries and refrigerate until cold.
  6. Slice and serve chilled.

23) Butterscotch bread pudding

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Butterscotch bread pudding is usually made during the Christmas season. Delicious butterscotch chips and brown sugar are used in the preparation of this winter delicacy.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 300 gm loaf bread (broken into small pieces)

Direction:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix bread, milk, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and butterscotch chips. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until nearly set.
  4. Serve warm or cold.

24) Mango pudding

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Who doesn’t love mangoes? Try this recipe and you cannot stop yourself preparing it just once.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pureed ripe mangoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped ripe mangoes
  • 1 tsp gelatine / 10 grams China grass
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • 5 tsp sugar
  • ½ cup water

Directions:

  1. Take gelatine in a bowl and soak in water for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Switch off the flame and add in the soaked gelatine and mix well so that it gets dissolved easily.
  3. Add in sugar, condensed milk, mango puree and mango cubes and mix well.
  4. Pour this in an oil greased bowl or ramekins and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Run a knife around the sides of the bowl and invert it onto a plate.
  6. Serve cold.

25) Panna Cotta

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It is traditional, easy, and delicious Italian custard.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons powdered gelatine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

Directions:

  1. Pour milk into a small bowl, and stir in the gelatine powder. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, stir together the heavy cream and sugar, and set over medium heat. Bring to a full boil, watching carefully, as the cream will quickly rise to the top of the pan.
  3. Add vanilla and salt and mix.
  4. Cool the ramekins uncovered at room temperature. Serve cold.

Tips: Panna cotta is often served with berries or a sauce of caramel or chocolate. It may be covered with fruit or with liqueurs.

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