Salted Butterscotch Pudding

by Jennifer on July 9, 2013

in Puddings & Custards

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Salted Butterscotch Pudding by

Have you ever had one of those days?

You know, when nothing big goes wrong, but a slew of little things do, and it makes the day feel like one big fail?

When you poke yourself in the eye with your mascara. Which, when you wear contacts, is the equivalent of a red hot iron.

When you notice a stain on your freshly washed shirt. And you think, “Oh well,” thanks to your limited maternity wardrobe.

When you go grocery shopping and you’re all ready to check out, but you realize that your coupons are still in the car. And you brought a LOT of coupons.

When you come home to cat barf on the carpet (ok, maybe this happens to you almost every day).

When you can’t get a recipe just right.

When your garage door becomes possessed by a poltergeist and won’t close when you press the button. Even when you press it really hard. Like that makes a difference when a poltergeist is involved.


Luckily, for those little-things-that-turn-into-one-big-crappy-day, there is salted butterscotch pudding.

Salted Butterscotch Pudding by

I’ve been intrigued by salted butterscotch thanks to some blogging friends (Melissa from The Baked Equation makes a mean salted butterscotch cookie, which then inspired Dorothy at Crazy for Crust to make salted butterscotch fudge – genius!). I haven’t had butterscotch pudding in forever, so I thought I would give it a go – with a salty twist! Now, the salt in this recipe is not meant to overpower the sweetness. Because…gross. It is meant to complement the flavor and add that little extra something. Still, this is probably best enjoyed by adults. Kids might not have the sophisticated palette to appreciate this treat…or something.

Salted Butterscotch Pudding
Serves: 4
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ cups whole milk (if using skim, you may need to increase the cornstarch)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon butter/vanilla emulsion
  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the water, brown sugar, and salt. Whisk in 2 cups of milk.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup of milk and cornstarch until well-combined. Mix in the eggs and granulated sugar.
  3. Gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil, decrease heat to medium-low and simmer for 1-2 minutes, or until mixture has thickened (it will thicken more upon cooling).
  4. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in butter/vanilla emulsion. Chill before serving.
Adapted from David Lebovitz.


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1 Sarah July 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

Mmmmmmm. I just want to eat this right away. Like now. Now now now. Pudding = comfort.


2 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

Right you are, Sarah! There is something so…old fashioned and nostalgic about creamy pudding!


3 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

Duuuuude. Butterscotch and salt belong together, very much like Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, and me and Betsey Johnson. It’s just KISMET, y’all. This pudding looks PHENOMMMM.


4 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

They were meant to be together! :)


5 Megan {Country Cleaver} July 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

I’m a sucker for anything butterscotch. I will eat the chips right out of the bag!! This has got to be perfection!


6 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thanks so much, Megan! I’ll eat any baking chips out of the bag…that’s not weird, right? :)


7 Paula July 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

This sounds lovely. Hope your week improves and that *Murphy’s Law* goes and picks on someone else.


8 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

I’m grateful even on the annoying days :) Especially when there is pudding involved!


9 Melissa July 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

Ha! This is so funny. I saw this recipe in my email this morning and thought…MUST HAVE…Thanks for the shout out. I don’t know what it is about salt and butterscotch that turns into a must have addiction!


10 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thanks so much for inspiring me! :) It is a magical combination!


11 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me July 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I need a spoon and that pudding pronto!! Looks delicious!


12 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thanks, Michelle! :)


13 Karly July 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I hate days like that! But, if it means that I get to comfort myself with this pudding, I guess I’ll take it!


14 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

It makes the icky days bearable :)


15 Laura Dembowski July 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I love butterscotch pudding so much! It’s always better with a little salt, and I don’t even like salt. Yours looks creamy and amazing! And I feel like a lot of my days are like that lately. By the end of the day, I just break down in tears over something stupid, but it’s really all the things that have happened over the course of the day. Here’s to better days ahead for both of us :)


16 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Yes, indeed! And pudding to make it better :)


17 Sue {munchkin munchies} July 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

This pudding looks as creamy as it gets! YUMMY!


18 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Thanks, Sue! :)


19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I don’t know if I have ever had butterscotch pudding. My husband is a HUGE fan of butterscotch and the sweet/salty combo, so I think he would go cracy for this!


20 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Oh, it is so yummy! I even love the boxed pudding – I’m no pudding/butterscotch snob ;)


21 Carrie's Creations July 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

i hate those kind of days! the result is usually tears these days. and my poor husband gets to the point where he’s like “what did I do?! why are you getting mad?” and then you just cry and tell him all the little things, which sound so silly once they come out of your mouth.. haha…


22 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Yup, totally! Especially since it doesn’t take much to make me cry these days… :)


23 Nessa July 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Perfect comfort food!


24 Jennifer July 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks, Nessa! :)


25 The Bearfoot Baker July 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I am so glad you had salted butterscotch pudding to lift away all the bad in your day. It is amazing what a little sugar can do:)

Hope tomorrow is better:)


26 Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

Very true, Lisa! A little sugar goes a long way :)


27 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Okay, 1: This pudding … OMG. I was JUST craving that fudge and those cookies last night and now I want fudge! 2: OMG cat barf. Every. Darn. Night. while I’m sleeping. Usually on the bed. Ugh!


28 Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

Oh no! The bed is the worst :( Sometimes we get “lucky” and it is on the couch…SO gross!


29 Mike @ Semi Sweet July 10, 2013 at 2:27 am

I’ve had Melissa’s salted butterscotch cookies. They are so crazy good! I can just imagine how great this pudding would be, especially on those bad days!


30 Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

I’ve never had the pleasure, but based on this pudding, I know they must be awesome! :)


31 The Partiologist July 10, 2013 at 8:23 am

I’ve never had butterscotch pudding – or any pudding for that matter. I didn’t think I would like it…until now!


32 Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

Oh, I love the texture of pudding! I love all kinds of pudding :)


33 Elizabeth July 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

This dessert would definitely be able to turn an awful day into a great one! Plus, I love the huge dollop of whipped cream on top :)


34 Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

You HAVE to have whipped cream ;)


35 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

OMG, I wanna take a swim in this scrumptious pudding! It looks so velvety smooth!


36 Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thanks, Georgia! :)


37 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen July 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Jennifer, your Salted Butterscotch Pudding sounds divine! This is just the treat we need when “all those little things” drive us batty. You are NOT alone! Right down to the cat barf on the carpet, LOL! xo


38 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

Haha, thanks, Stacy! Oh, the joys of cat ownership ;)


39 Reeni July 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Salty butterscotch makes me feel all warm and snuggly inside! This will definitely help a bad day get better! I hope you made enough for both of us. Heehee.


40 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

Haha – always! I try to make small batches, but I always have enough for a friend or two :)


41 Renee@chocolatepeanutbutterohmy July 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I love the combination, yum, defiantly on the to do list x


42 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

Thank you, Renee!


43 Lora July 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Butterscotch pudding was my favorite thing to eat as a child. It seemed well, so exotic. How embarrassing is that? Now you have me intrigued big time with this salted version. Yum!


44 Jennifer July 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I loved it as a child too :)


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