This recipe can be endlessly varied with your favorite cereal. This version uses Froot Loops, which makes a fun and colorful party food. Kid-friendly, too! These take about 4 hours to chill completely, and can be made 2 days ahead.
4cupsfruity breakfast cerealsuch as Froot Loops or Fruity Pebbles
5large egg yolks
1drop liquid red food coloroptional
Whipped cream and topping
1/4cuploosely crushed fruity cerealsuch as Froot Loops or Fruity Pebbles
Cereal milk pudding
Combine the milk and cereal in a large bowl and stir to combine. Let the mixture steep for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Strain out the cereal. You should be left with about 4 1/2 cups of cereal milk. Discard the cereal.
Pour 1/2 cup of the cereal milk in a medium bowl. Add the sugar, cornstarch egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the bowl. Whisk to combine.
Add 4 cups of the cereal milk to a saucepan and set over medium heat until steaming but not boiling.
Add 1/3 cup of the hot cereal milk from the saucepan to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to keep the eggs from scrambling. Once mixed, add the egg mixture back to the saucepan of milk in a pencil-thin stream, whisking constantly as you pour.
Cook over medium heat, whisking continually, until the mixture thickens up to the consistency of pudding, about 7 minutes.
Stir in food color, if using. Transfer to a bowl and place plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature until barely warm. Portion into approximately 20-24 shot glasses, 2.4 oz. each. Alternatively divide between 6-8 ramekins or dessert cups.
Whipped cream and toppings
Beat the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add in the granulated sugar while beating. Add in the vanilla extract. Beat until stiff peaks form.
Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip. Pipe whipped cream on top of each pudding shot. Garnish each with crushed fruity cereal.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Lighten this recipe by using low fat milk or almond milk.I've found that allowing the cereal to steep for 2 hours in the milk will impart more flavor.
Keyword cereal milk, froot loops, heavy cream, whole milk