Sweet summertime is so close I can almost taste it. Admittedly the idea of four kids all day every day all summer is a bit daunting, we have a lot going on this summer, and I feel pretty confident that we'll have a great time together. Caroline told me last night that she needs to make a list of all the things she wants to do this summer (list making - definitely something she inherited from me!). When I asked her what she wants to include on the list, she rattled off a few things, and then said "and eat a LOT of ice cream!." Done and done, sweet girl.
While these pudding pops aren't technically ice cream, neither Caroline or I will quibble over it. In fact, we will (and did) enthusiastically demolish them in record time. Growing up, butterscotch was always one of my favorite flavors, and butterscotch pudding was one of my favorite desserts, so these popsicles were definitely a nostalgic blast. Kind of like eating a frozen Werther's Originals.
I foresee a lot of popsicles and ice cream in our near future. Get ready.
Butterscotch Pudding Popsicles
barely adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbs unsalted butter
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt (fleur de sel)
- 1 Tbs cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups milk
Combine the cream, brown sugar and butter in the bottom of a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally in the beginning, and more frequently as it reduces and thickens. You’ll know it’s done when it darkens a bit, thickens, and begins to smell toasty.
Stir in the cornstarch and slowly whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, until it thickens slightly, anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and sea salt. Taste mixture and adjust salt, if needed. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl.
Cool mixture to room temperature before pouring into popsicle molds.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.