Kentucky Bourbon Puddings with Candied Pecans

Let’s face it. Sometimes baking is tied to emotion. Oftentimes, for me. The weather has been strangely muggy and overcast, which has kept me hermit-like and sleepy. And the cake I’ve been dreaming of can only seem to materialize as a sketch in my recipe journal. Those frosting ruffles I penned are too effervescent for days like this.

Conversely, these cozy bourbon puddings appeared in front of me in the span of about 20 minutes. After pouring a few jars-full, I ate the remainder directly from the saucepan (it was still warm – swoon!).  To make this comforting treat even more sweetly southern, I candied pecans for a topping.

I’m sure some of you are wondering what bourbon pudding tastes like. It’s not overly boozy or tongue-tingling – it’s more like the best butterscotch pudding you’ll ever make.  In fact, if you swapped out the Kentucky bourbon whiskey (made of 51% corn/grain mix)  for Scotch whisky (made of malted barley), you’d have authentic butterscotch pudding.

This recipe is adapted from Dorie Greenspan’sBaking From My Home to Yours.  Be aware, there’s a few back-and-forths of hot liquid between saucepan and food processor (or blender if you prefer) so be careful.  Otherwise this is a really easy recipe.  Highly recommended, you should make this – now!

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Kentucky Bourbon Puddings with Candied Pecans

Yield: eight 4 oz. servings                                                                                     [click for printable version]

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons water

1 3/4 cups whole milk, divided

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp. salt

3 tablespoons sugar

3 large egg yolks

1 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoons Kentucky Bourbon (such as Jim Beam)

Whipped cream (about 1 1/2 cups prepared)

Candied pecans (recipe follows)

  1. Have eight 4oz. canning jars ready to hand – or six ramekins that hold 1/2-3/4 cup.
  2. Put the brown sugar and water in a medium saucepan, put the pan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stirring and lowering the heat if necessary, boil for 2 minutes.  Add 1 1/2 cups of the whole milk and cream and bring to a boil. The mixture may curdle as it heats – this is normal. 
  3. While milk is heating, whisk the cornstarch and salt together in a small bowl.  
  4. Add sugar and egg yolks into the food processor (or blender) and blend for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk and pulse just to mix, then add the cornstarch/salt mixture and pulse a few times to blend.
  5. With the food processor running, very slowly pour in the hot milk mixture that has been heating on the stove.  Process for a few seconds, then pour everything back into the saucepan. Whisk without stopping over medium heat – making sure to get into the edges of the pan – until the pudding thickens and a couple of bubbles surface and pop. You don’t want the pudding to boil, but you do want it to thicken, so lower the heat if necessary.
  6. Scrape pudding back into the food processor and pulse. Add the butter, vanilla and bourbon and pulse again until blended.
  7. Pour the pudding into ramekins. Refrigerate for 4 hours.  Top with whipped cream and candied pecans.

Candied Pecans:

1 cup raw pecans

1 egg white

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup  granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment, or grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Whisk egg white until frothy.  Place pecans in another bowl, and pour in just enough egg white to coat them.  You will most likely not use the entire egg white.  Add salt, sugar and cinnamon.  Toss well to coat.
  3. Spread pecans on baking pan.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until they begin to dry and color.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  

Note:  Top the puddings with pecans just before serving.  The pecans can also be served alongside the puddings in a pretty dish.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks
Averie @ Averie Cooks
9 years ago

Bourbon mixed with pudding and those candied nuts, oh my, this sounds toooooo amazing!

Heather
Heather
9 years ago

Let's hear it for the comfort food! This sounds divine! Your presentation is so perfect, too. Of course!

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
9 years ago

Those must be heavenly! Anything containing bourbon and pecans gets my vote. ;-P

Cheers,

Rosa

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

Ooh yum Heather that sounds fantastic!

Jessie
Jessie
9 years ago

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing! I always practice "quality control" but sampling straight from the pan – it's the best part! 🙂

Stephanie
Stephanie
9 years ago

Totally digging the candied pecans!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
9 years ago

This looks fabulous. Love those pecans!!

Dasha Crawford
Dasha Crawford
9 years ago

I just found your blog and instantly followed it! Its so beautiful!

Vanessa [theteensytinyinsignificantdetails]
Vanessa [theteensytinyinsignificantdetails]
9 years ago

I'm just starting to get into boozy desserts, and I'm loving them. These look great!

Jennifer (Delicieux)
Jennifer (Delicieux)
9 years ago

Bourbon and pudding, this has my fiances name all over it! I think he will love me forever if I make him this. Bookmarking!

Tracy {Pale Yellow}
Tracy {Pale Yellow}
9 years ago

I love a good butterscotch pudding, these little puddings look amazing! Great pecans on top.

Preppy Pink Crocodile
Preppy Pink Crocodile
9 years ago

You had me at bourbon! These sounds amazing!

KK

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

You are so talented and wonderful. Eveything you make looks so delicious and beautiful. I'm actually kind of intimidated by you 😛 Haha, but it's all good. 🙂 I'm sure I mentioned it before, but again congrats on your book! So many food bloggers are coming out with books now, it's crazy!

Vanessa!
Vanessa!
9 years ago

what temp did you bake the pecans? this recipe sounds amazing; i'm anxious to try it!

tifleur
tifleur
9 years ago

it's wonderful!
and i like a lot your photo.

Thanks for the receipe

see you

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
9 years ago

Wow, this looks incredible! Would it be wrong to have this for breakfast? 🙂

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
9 years ago

Thanks for catching that @Vanessa! Pecans are baked at 350.

Cooking Giulia
Cooking Giulia
9 years ago

wonderful!

Laura
Laura
9 years ago

Yum! With your description I can really taste it and I want it too. I'm moving in with my in-laws in a week and bookmarking a ton of recipes to impress them with. This will be one of them.

Jessica @ How Sweet
Jessica @ How Sweet
9 years ago

You are brilliant. I want this for breakfast.

cookies and cups
cookies and cups
9 years ago

I want to take a swim in that pudding! And that cake looks like it will be amazing, strawberries, ruffles…sigh.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
9 years ago

My husband LOVES butterscotch pudding so clearly this needs to be made. BTW your little shaker is so cute!

Cake Fixation
Cake Fixation
9 years ago

OMG… Yummy!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
9 years ago

These look so great! What a fun Southern treat. Love them!

karen marie
karen marie
9 years ago

I am in love!

Lora
Lora
9 years ago

How utterly fantastic. This is the perfect boozy dessert.

Jennifer
Jennifer
9 years ago

This looks amazing! I bought your book already, and I was so excited when it arrived. It's beautiful, creative, and I'm definitely making a ton of stuff out of it!

thelittleloaf
thelittleloaf
9 years ago

This is SUCH an amazing idea. My boyfriend LOVES butterscotch pudding (he's from Doncaster, where butterscotch originated) and he loves bourbon too so this will literally earn me a million brownie points 🙂

Suzanne Perazzini
Suzanne Perazzini
9 years ago

This recipe has ingredients that are in most kitchens, which makes it a great dessert to whip up when you have unexpected guests or a craving for something sweet.

Tesei
Tesei
9 years ago

Wow, congratulations on such a cool post about your book and maccaron recipe, it must be so satisfying to read that about your work, well done!

Catalina @ Cake with Love
Catalina @ Cake with Love
9 years ago

These sound delicious!! Love the pecans and the whipped cream!

MigraineMe
MigraineMe
9 years ago

These look amazing! And, your pictures are so fabulous!!

Sue
Sue
9 years ago

They look even more like comfort food in the cute little jars, so creamy and yummy! I'd love to examine your recipe journal:) Have a great day, my friend:)

Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
9 years ago

I hear you on the effect of cloudy days. But these look like a delicious result! 🙂 Beautiful!

Michelle Stiles
Michelle Stiles
9 years ago

Just received your book yesterday and I didn't put it down until I flipped through the entire book. GREAT JOB! It is a keeper!

Jamie @ greenbeans & grapefruit
Jamie @ greenbeans & grapefruit
9 years ago

I already know that I'd love these!

Laura Dembowski
Laura Dembowski
9 years ago

This looks so amazing. Love pudding, but haven't had it since I was a kid. This grown up version sounds like it would hit the spot. Eating the warm leftovers from the pan sounds like it alone would make it worth it to make this pudding!

Kirsten
Kirsten
9 years ago

Thank you for your kind words about my macarons! You absolutely made my day x

Lissa (Bellenza)
Lissa (Bellenza)
9 years ago

These look absolutely delicious!

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

Every time we make a whipped cream, I can't help throwing in a teaspoon of bourbon. The taste is so much richer and deeper! My favorite cocktail is the simple bourbon/coke combo. Good luck with your book release!

Heather Ozee
Heather Ozee
9 years ago

Looks amazing sweet cousin, I'd have to say "Hit me Again Bartender" YUM! 😉

Kimber
Kimber
9 years ago

I love you…and this dessert.

kerin@girlmeetssugar
kerin@girlmeetssugar
9 years ago

I absolutely adore your blog! Can't wait to get my hands on your cookbook.. hope they ship to australia 🙂

dien dan rao vat
dien dan rao vat
9 years ago

This looks amazing! I bought your book already, and I was so excited when it arrived. It's beautiful, creative, and I'm definitely making a ton of stuff out of it!

Rituparna
Rituparna
9 years ago

I am still waiting to get my hands on a copy of your book. That pudding looks delicious !

Val
Val
9 years ago

Gorgeous! These are perfect for a whole bourbon-themed menu I'm doing for Memorial Day. Going to make this bourbon barbecue chicken and bourbon bacon baked beans:

http://www.tipsonlifeandlove.com/recipes-2/rachael-ray-book-of-burger-recipe-bourbon-bbq-pulled-chicken-sandwiches-and-green-apple-slaw

nina
nina
9 years ago

wow….so beautiful. looks absolutely delicious:)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
9 years ago

Oh my goodness these look so delicious! I am new to your blog and am so glad that I found it!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

The printable version does not have the 1/2 cup brown sugar!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
9 years ago

Aack! I added. Thank you!