This Butterscotch Bourbon Budino with Salted Caramel is like a pudding cup for grown ups. It’s a rich and creamy indulgent treat that’s not overly sweet.
I’m going to come right out and say it – I’m not a chocolate fan. On any given day I’ll surely take a scoop of vanilla ice cream over some chocolately chunk creation. I’d say that at least 10% of the population agrees with me on this one, but we’re definitely in the minority.
But today, I’m sharing with you a recipe for a Butterscotch Bourbon Budino with Salted Caramel that is guaranteed to knock the socks off even die hard chocolate lovers.
What is Budino?
Budino is basically a fancy word for pudding. It’s an Italian custard with a thick and creamy texture.
I first learned about budino in this cooking class that I took at Dobbes Estate Winery. We made a chocolate hazelnut budino with fresh whipped cream. And, while it was amazing, this non-chocolate fan was dying to try it in a different way.
Enter butterscotch and bourbon… and just because we can, some salted caramel for good measure.
I’ve talked about my salted caramel sauce before, and my husband’s obsession with it. It’s easy and quick to make (just 15 minutes) and it’s the most buttery, yummy caramel sauce that you’ve ever tasted.
To make the flavor truly shine, I like to use a high-quality butter, like Plugrá®. It’s slow churned with real milk from American dairy farms, so it’s extra creamy. Plus, there are no artificial ingredients or added hormones. You can really taste the difference it makes in both the salted caramel sauce and the custard for the butterscotch budino.
And, just like the salted caramel sauce, the custard for these butterscotch budinos is simple to make. The most time consuming part is waiting for it to chill after the cooking process. It’ll take at least 4 hours. Because of this, I generally like to make them a day or two ahead of when I plan to serve them – I just divide the custard among some small serving jars, and place them in the fridge. They’re almost like a fancy pudding cup.
The salted caramel sauce can be made ahead of time as well, even up to a week beforehand. When you’re ready to serve, simply heat up the caramel, drizzle a bit over each budino and top them with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of pistachios.
If you sample the custard on its own, you may be surprised when you’re cooking up the custard that it really doesn’t seem too sweet. It’s got a mild flavor, with just a hint of sweetness, that makes it easy to eat spoonful after spoonful. It’s that salted caramel on the top gives it an extra oomph and makes it just so yummy without being a major sugar bomb. It’s just the right balance of sweet, creamy and salty that makes it overly simple to say “yes” to seconds.
Butterscotch Budino Recipe
Butterscotch Bourbon Budino with Salted Caramel
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar (plus 2 Tablespoons )
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
- 5 Tablespoons Plugrá® unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons bourbon
- Chopped pistachos (for topping)
- 15-Minute Salted Caramel Sauce (for topping)
- Combine heavy cream and milk in a large bowl. Whisk together egg, egg yolks and cornstarch in a medium bowl.
- In a large pot set over medium-low heat stir together brown sugar, water and salt until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high and allow to boil without stirring, until the mixture turns thick and dark amber in color, occasionally scraping the sides of the pot with a rubber spatula, about 7 minutes.
- Immediately add in cream mixture and whisk to combine and dissolve sugary bits. Bring mixture to a boil, watching pot carefully to avoid boiling over, then reduce heat to medium.
- Whisk half of this hot caramel mixture into the egg mixture. Return mixture to pot and whisk to combine until custard boils and thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and bourbon.
- Divide custard among ten 6-ounce glasses or cups. Chill uncovered until cold, about 4 hours.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon caramel sauce over each budino and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios.
The jars I used are available here.
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Wine Pairings for Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel:
- Tawny Port is one of my favorite wine pairings for creamy, custard dishes – It’s hints of caramel and slight nuttiness pair nicely with the flavors in this butterscotch budino.
I teamed up with Plugrá® to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.