Guest author Garrett McCord has been telling us about his buttermilk pudding for ages. He finally came over and made it for us recently. Outrageously good! ~Elise
Elise's father is one of those people who has been known to drink buttermilk straight out of the glass.
I think that's, well, sort of gross.
To me, buttermilk is a second string ingredient best left as a behind the scenes player. It should be the bridesmaid, never the bride.
That is, in most cases.
This is not one of those. Buttermilk pudding is something different entirely. A delicious and smooth pudding that elicits small moans of "Mmm," and "Wow!" from those who try it.
It's just sweet enough, super creamy, with a sunny tang that teases you to keep taking bite after bite until, lo and behold, you've eaten the whole bowl.
- 2 teaspoons of powdered gelatin
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, seeded (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract)
- 2 cups of buttermilk
- Jam or jelly to serve, optional
Mix the gelatin with 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and set aside.
Put the cream, sugar, and vanilla bean seeds and pod (or vanilla extract if using) into a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from heat and add the gelatin to the warm cream mixture. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved.
Once the cream has cooled to room temperature, add the buttermilk and stir. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to catch any bits of undissolved gelatin.
Pour the mixture into ramekins, about 1/2 cup per ramekin (the pudding is very rich). Cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and chill to set for at least four hours. Serve with your favorite jam, jelly, marmalade, fruit, or straight up.
Got buttermilk? - New York Times article