Creamy Butterscotch Pudding with Toffee


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Creamy Butterscotch Pudding with Toffee
Photo: © Wendell T. Webber
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

  • 2 cups heavy cream, 1 1/4 cups warmed

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tablespoon bourbon

  • 1/2 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup crunchy toffee pieces, such as broken Heath or Skor bars


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and bubbling, about 3 minutes. Stir in the warmed cream.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the salt. Add 1/2 cup of the milk and whisk until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan along with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of milk and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in the egg yolks, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the vanilla and the bourbon. Return the pudding to the heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Off the heat, whisk in the vinegar. Strain the pudding through a fine sieve set over a bowl. Pour the pudding into six 6- to 8-ounce parfait glasses or dessert bowls. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of each pudding and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours, or overnight.

  3. In a chilled bowl, whip the remaining 3/4 cup of heavy cream with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla until soft peaks form. Garnish the puddings with the whipped cream and toffee pieces and serve.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

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