Monday, March 19, 2012

Maple Pudding

Ah.... maple syrup!

I'll admit that I probably didn't have real maple syrup until I was an adult. When I was a kid, we had pancake syrup. It had maple flavor, but I doubt there was much real maple in it.

Real maple syrup isn't cheap. But it's real.

So when Virtual Potluck got a deal to work with Coombs Family Farms, I was happy to sign up. I can always use extra maple in my life. We were offered our choice of maple syrup or maple sugar, and I opted for the sugar. It takes a little less space to store. And, since the liquid is removed, you can get more concentrated flavor from it.

I made a few different recipes before I settled on this one. I think you'll like it.

But I'm not the only one cooking. For a roundup of all the VP bloggers participating, Matt at Thyme in our Kitchen has all the information.

Maple Pudding

1/2 cup maple sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 quart milk
3 egg yolks

Combine the maple sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a pan. Whisk to combine and break up any lumps. Add the milk slowly, stirring as you add it to keep lumps from forming. Add the eggs and whisk to break them up.

Heat the mixture on medium heat, stirring until the mixture bubbles and thickens. Continue cooking until you see big blurping bubbles and the mixture is thick.

Strain the mixture through a fine strainer into a storage container. Cover the top of the pudding with plastic wrap, directly on top of the pudding to keep a skin from forming on top of the pudding as it cools. Refrigerate the pudding until it is well chilled.

Whisk or stir the pudding before serving to smooth it out.

I served this with a sprinkle of kosher salt, a dollop of home made whipped cream and a sprinkle of more maple sugar for a garnish.

About Coombs Family Farms:
All of the syrups and maple sugar from Coombs Family farms is organic and certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI) and carry the USDA organic seal, and all of the maple products are naturally gluten free and made without artificial flavors, preservatives, or thickeners. Besides the syrup and sugar, the company also sells maple candy and pancake mix.

Want more info? Visit Coombs Family Farms on Facebook.