Vanilla Pudding With Macerated Stone Fruits and Shortbread
Macerating peaches, plums and cherries with vanilla and sugar creates a rich juice that is fabulous spooned over silky pudding. Keller serves the dessert with buttery, crumbly shortbread, a staple at his Bouchon Bakeries. Slideshow: More Cookie Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook
The cookies can be kept at room temperature and the pudding can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Vanilla paste is available at specialty food stores and online at kingarthurflour.com. You can also substitute seeds scraped from half of a plump vanilla bean for 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla paste.