For the New Year’s Celebration – Our Adult Pumpkin Bourbon Pudding
We at the Stroke Recovery Foundation hope that you all had a happy if different Christmas.
To bring you some cheer now we are going to share a new recipe for your New Year’s celebration. We offer our unique Pumpkin Bourbon Pudding, an adult, low-calorie, low-fat, low gluten, but really tasty dessert. Also, this recipe is extremely easy to prepare – that is what I like, as I think most people do.
The story behind this creation is that several months ago I dreamed up this healthy dessert -my Pumpkin Pudding. More recently, in the Wall Street Journal, I saw a recipe that intrigued me. The chef had created a pudding but in my view the difficulty was that it was a quite complex recipe which had to be prepared for a 30-minute period just before being served. To my way of thinking that is great in a restaurant, or if there is a private chef cooking a home dinner. But for we more modest mortals, I thought too complex.
However, the idea of incorporating bourbon in the pudding was great, and so I have incorporated it into my pudding recipe. Incidentally, I have never seen a pumpkin pudding recipe other than mine until I saw the WSJ recipe though I am sure they exist.
Let us start with my list of ingredients:
1 15 oz can of Libby’s Pumpkin
1 12 oz can of non- or reduced fat evaporated milk
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 ½ shots of bourbon – 75 ml
I will give you some suggestions for the preparation. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl. Utilizing a hand mixer, thoroughly mix all the ingredients.
Let us talk about the bourbon for a minute. The first time I made the recipe I used only one shot (50 ml) of bourbon, and we really loved the result but thought that the recipe could use a bit more bourbon. So, we upped it for the current recipe. You might like a little less pronounced bourbon flavor, or more. As with all my recipes I always encourage you to focus on your taste. Also, remember, I never use salt in my recipes so that requires me to up the spices and flavors.
Place the ingredients into a greased ramekin, oven proof dish, or even a pie plate. Preheat the oven to 425° and place the mixture in the oven for 15 minutes. Then drop the oven setting to 350 for 30 minutes. At that point you might want to inspect the pudding to see if the center has become solid. We place a knife in the middle to test. The knife should come out clean. When we made the pudding, the center was still loose so we raised the oven setting to 370 and baked the pudding for an additional 10 minutes. A second test resulted in completion. We turned the oven off but let the pudding stay in the oven for a few more minutes.
The pudding is best served warmed up or at room temperature. A good quality vanilla ice cream is a great complement, or you may prefer, whipped crème, or both. Everyone is different. Debbie, my wife preferred it plain, I like the ice cream. You also may prefer to do the pudding as a pie – just place the pudding into a pie plate with the pie crust. Pre-made pie crusts bought in the supermarket work fine. Just be aware that doing it as a pie will increase the fat and calorie count and impact the gluten should you or a guest have gluten issues.
The pudding should be refrigerated if it is not to be eaten within a few hours. Another advantage of the pudding is that it travels well. Just don’t forget the ice cream or whipped crème.
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Like many charities during this Covid-19 time we are struggling to maintain ourselves. There is still time to donate to the Stroke Recovery Foundation. Donations made this week will qualify for a 2020 tax deduction.
Our mission is your STROKE SUCCESS – prevention, awareness, and recovery. We offer coaching and counseling to achieve those objectives. Heart healthy recipes that are tasty are but one minor thing we do the support the stroke community.
Have a wonderful New Year!!
Hopefully, things will calm down in 2021 with the advent of the vaccine. Please keep your masks on, social distance, and take the vaccine when it becomes available to you. And most importantly, Stay Well!
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