It is almost New Years Eve. Can you believe we are about to roll into 2011?! This has been anamazing year & I wanted to offer you a quick & easy dessert that you can prepare for yourself & guests this weekend or anytime. When I saw Sprinkle Bakes Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes I knew that bubbly was a flavor direction I wanted to take.
I crawled the web for pudding recipes and they were all filled with refined sugar & loads of fat. I figured since we are kicking off a new year, why not lighten up this dessert, add a splash of celebration champagne while keeping all the flavor of a traditional creamy pudding. With the added bonus of health.
I love my job. I tell you that time & time again throughout the year. There are many parts to being a food blogger. I cook, bake, taste test, style food, photograph it & then carefully write up a blog post that hopefully gets you guys in your own kitchen to cook for your families.
My mission with each post is to make you smile & to fill your plates with whole food meals that you created with your own hands. Nothing nourishes the soul more than hugs, kisses & a home cooked meal. When we take a few minutes out of our weekend to prep ingredients and then a few more minutes throughout the week to prepare meals, healthy minds and bodies are the reward.
I live a low-glycemic, virtuallysugar free life because it makes me feel better. Meals in our house are made from the finest ingredients I can source & afford. I enjoy crawling the web for recipes & then tailoring it to suit our needs. I share my treasures with you. This pudding is sugar free (stevia sweetened), lower in fat than most & easily flavored to taste.
I served this to 18 family members “testers” here in Grand Cayman. I got an overall thumbs up! If you are serving this to kids & you don’t want them to have any of the champagne, simply divide the vanilla pudding into two bowls & stir it in to taste.
We all loved the idea of a do it yourself dessert bar. You can keep each element in separate bowls: the pudding, the two sauces, fresh berries and a bottle of champagne handy if any one wants to top off their pudding parfait with an extra splash!
What do you have planned for New Years Eve? Are you going out or staying home? Did you make a list of New Years resolutions?
- 2 large Eggs
- 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons Cornstarch
- pinch of Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Stevia Powder
- 2 cups fat free Milk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
- 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 tablespoons Champagne or Prosecco
- 12 ounces frozen Blueberries
- 12 ounces frozen Raspberries
- 2-4 tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1 cup fresh Raspberries
- 1 cup fresh Blueberries
- Prepare an ice bath to fit a medium bowl that will nest inside it. Set aside. Whisk to combine cornstarch, stevia & salt. In a medium sized heat proof bowl, whisk eggs. Add cornstarch & combine well. In a saucepan heat milk over medium high heat until boiling, stir & be careful that it does not burn. Pour hot milk into eggs & whisk constantly to combine well. Pour mix back into the saucepan & continue to whisk over medium high heat for about 2 minutes until thickened.
- Transfer pudding from saucepan to a heat proof bowl. Whisk in butter, vanilla extract & champagne. Make any flavor & sweetener adjustments. Set the bowl in the ice bath & stir occasionally until chilled.
- In two small separate sauces pans add raspberries & blueberries, one fruit in each.
- Heat berries over medium high until boiling. They should become saucy & the berries should burst. Remove berries from heat, transfer to heat safe bowls & stir in 1-2 tablespoon of cornstarch. Let berries cool to room temperature & store in fridge until ready to use. The sauce will thicken a bit more in the fridge.Taste the berry sauce & add some stevia or your favorite natural sweetener if needed.
- Either let your guests layer their own parfaits or go ahead & do it for them. It is fun either way!
- Pull out all sizes & shapes of clear glassware so people can have shooters or larger desserts.
- Chop up some toasted nuts to layer in these pudding parfaits. Pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia, etc. would add texture & crunch.
- Instead of fresh fruit you can also use chopped dried fruit or a combo of the two.
- Serve pudding with chocolate shavings or chocolate sauce.
- I had some of this on my morning bowl of oatmeal & I cannot begin to tell you how good it was.
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