Sheila’s Butterscotch Pudding | “Rescue Me”

By Katrina Tulloch

It was my first time making pudding and I didn’t want to mess it up. An hour before cooking, I stood in the baking aisle, debating between name-brand Jell-o and off-brand Kroger boxes of butterscotch pudding mix. What would Sheila do? I realized I was being stupid – Sheila Keefe would never make butterscotch pudding from a box.*

Not for Tommy Gavin. She’d spend all afternoon cooking it from scratch, she’d chill it, she’d throw a fit because it wasn’t perfect, and she’d make a second batch. Maybe a third. Then she’d seal it up in her plastic container and spend hours getting dolled up, only for Tommy to cancel their date. Poor Sheila. She’d still make him a goddamn frittata in the morning.

Point is, Sheila’s butterscotch pudding would be fresh. So I ditched the boxes for butter, eggs and brown sugar.

What you need to make butterscotch pudding (graham crack crumbles optional)

What you need to make butterscotch pudding (graham cracker crumbles optional)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (anything but skim)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • three dashes of salt
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup DARK brown sugar, not light
  • 1 tbsp. graham cracker crumbles to top
  • fresh whipped cream

I followed the Food Network’s recipe with smaller measurements (because Sheila doesn’t have enough friends in town to warrant 6 to 8 servings, and neither do I.) Many pudding recipes recommend an electric/standing mixer, but it’s not necessary. If you’re up to whisking violently for 5-10 minutes, you’ll have the same creamy result, with the added bonus of exercising that arm today (a big deal if you’re as sedentary as I am). Fresh whipped cream is even easier to make, once you’ve got that whisking arm revved up like a 14-year-old in his room with the door locked. Stop whisking when you’ve got those soft peaks, ifyouknowwhattimsayin.

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It’s great hot or cold. I added a couple spoonfuls of graham cracker crumbs on top. Serves three. It’ll definitely please your friends and family, because it’s been Internetically proven that 97.3% of the world fucking loves pudding (see below).

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*Ain’t nothing wrong with a box mix. I’m sure Sheila would use a box if she had plans later, like burning down Tommy’s house or something.

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5 thoughts on “Sheila’s Butterscotch Pudding | “Rescue Me”

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