Recipe of the Week: Mrs. Alaska’s Puddings

The following recipes for puddings are from Mrs. Alaska.  Her long-running blog is: Alaska Bush Life, Off-Road, Off-Grid.

Why buy boxed pudding mix with fake flavors when you can make this comfort food from scratch in just three minutes (really!) from common pantry ingredients that are superior. Enjoy it warm or cold, alone or with fresh fruit.

Once you make these simple puddings, I imagine that one can figure out how to make savory puddings, too, for example, with chicken broth, for people who are sick, or have toothaches, or have swallowing issues.

Chocolate pudding

Ingredients for one serving. Multiply, as desired:

1 cup milk (we use 2/3 water and 1/3 dry milk)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (if you use sweetened chocolate chips, decrease the sweetener)
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar, honey, or other sweetener, to taste preference
2 TBS corn starch

Mix the dry ingredients together in a cooking pot.
Turn on the stove to medium.
When warm, add the milk (or water).
Stir almost constantly once the liquid is hot, for 2-3 minutes.
It will thicken slightly when hot, and more when cold.

Vanilla pudding (or with berries, bananas, etc)

Because unsweetened cocoa is bitter, it requires more sweetener. Any other pudding recipe requires less sugar or honey.

Personally, I make straight vanilla pudding and then top with fresh fruit rather than cook the fruit into it. You choose.

The ingredient list for vanilla (or other pudding) is the same as above but obviously no cocoa and less sweet. Start with 2-3 TBS of sugar, honey, or another sweetener.
Add 1 tsp vanilla and stir. Taste. Adjust.

Savory Puddings

I admit: I have never made any of these. But when my mother was in the hospital, most of her foods were pureed into pudding-like consistencies. I use an immersion blender to smooth out split pea soup. Readers might like to practice making savory puddings with broth and soft veggies, before it is necessary.

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