Salty-Sweet, Creamy Peanut Butter-Caramel Puddin’

If my cravings for pudding were a heartbeat, it would look like this:

Tap.          Tap.          Tap.          Taptap.   Tap.   Taptaptap.   Tap.  Tap. TAP-TAP-TAP

LET’S HAVE PUDDING ALREADY!!!

TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP

TAP

By this time, there had better be some pudding in hand. NOW. Not just any old pudding will do, though. Luxuriously rich, smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth custard is what I want. Yes, please. Luckily for me, that’s an easy order to fill. It takes very little effort too! If you have all the ingredients on hand, this recipe practically comes together on its own:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp rum extract
  • 3/4 cup dulce de leche
  • 1 cup boiling water (and more in the kettle for a water bath)

While the kettle whistles merrily on the stove, cream the peanut butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

sugar and pb

Grab a can of dulce de leche. Measure out 3/4 cup and have three eggs ready.

dulce de leche dulce and eggs

Pour the dulce de leche into the bowl. Crack the eggs and pour them in as well. Stir to thoroughly combine.

mix 1

Toss in 1/2 tsp of rum extract and stir again.

rum

Now measure one cup of boiling water from the kettle and pour it into the bowl slowly with one hand while the other hand beats the mixture furiously with a spoon. Pour the mixture into a large measuring cup with a spout. Pour 1/2 cup of batter into 8 individual serving dishes (or, if you’d rather, one prebaked pie shell). Set the dishes inside a casserole dish and fill the casserole dish half-way full of boiling water – this creates a bain-marie for the puddings which gives them a silky texture.

just poured

Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake in a 325 degree Fahrenheit oven for 40 minutes. The little puddings emerge from the oven smelling like the most amazing peanut butter cookies ever! Their smooth, matte surface makes this dessert appear polished and sophisticated.

cooked

I HAD to have a taste.

just a taste

While the top has a slight cookie texture, the inside of this delight is suave and tender-sweet. The best part? It tastes like a MILLION calories when it actually has less than a chocolate bar! YES! For one 1/2 cup serving, here is the nutrition:

  • Calories: 227
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbs: 28.3 g
  • Protein: 5.8 g

And just for you, Town, here is the chocolate I would pair it with: a Purdy’s Gianduja-filled hedgehog.

hedgehog

Gianduja is a velvety blend of chocolate and hazelnuts that is similar to Nutella but much thicker (imagine the inside of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup), so it pairs well with the peanut butter and actually brings out even more sweet caramel flavour. One regular sized hedgehog has this nutrition:

  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 9.5 g
  • Carbs: 11.5 g
  • Protein: 2 g
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