Salted caramel pudding

01.12.14

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When Lucas got his wisdom teeth extracted a few weeks ago, I knew I’d spend the weekend nursing him back to health – making sure he was comfortable, stopping residual bleeding, keeping him medicated, capturing video of the funny things he said, and bringing him soft foods. I used it an excuse to turn my kitchen upside down, covering every surface with pots, pans, and ingredients, just to make the whole experience a little more enjoyable. For me, anyway; I don’t think anything could have made it more fun for him…except maybe not having his wisdom teeth taken out. I promised you there’d be more puréed, mushy, creamy, smooth, or silky foods to come and I wasn’t lying. Now featuring: salted caramel pudding.

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Let me first back up to tell you why my 27-year-old husband was just now getting his wisdom teeth out. In December, Lucas left his 9-5 job as a product developer for a well-known lifestyle technology accessories company to join the volatile start-up world as the first employee of a budding company. Director of Engineering. When their Kickstarter is live, I’ll share more details, but for now, I’ll tell you that their first product aims to help parents provide healthy lunch options for their kids. Yup, that’s right, he’s in food-related products now. Cue my excitement. This career shift meant that his comprehensive health insurance from his old job would expire at the end of December. Not knowing what kind of independent coverage he’d end up with in the marketplace, he scheduled about a week’s worth of appointments to get all caught up on check-ups by the new year. At which point he discovered his wisdom teeth were making their way toward the surface and, at some point, likely in the next year, he’d have to get them extracted once they erupted. We could wait until this happened, if it happened…or play it safe and take them out while he had decent dental insurance. We chose the latter and rushed to get a December appointment.

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I spent the 4 days leading up to his appointment dreaming up how I’d spend my culinary marathon weekend. When I asked Lucas for input on his favorite soft foods, mashed potatoes was his only request. I suggested salted caramel pudding, and he looked at me with distaste, “I really don’t like pudding.” With the idea already solidified in my head, I, of course, ignored him, knowing I’d eat it all myself if he turned it down.

A few months ago, I won a giveaway for a few jars of Spoonable Brooklyn’s saucy salted caramel from Heart of Gold, and I’ve hung onto it to use it for something special. Begging for an excuse to use it. I’m all for making homemade caramel sauce (as you. can. see.), but what if I could make a recipe that much simpler with some pre-made gourmet salted caramel? Plus, no risk of accidentally burning a batch when you get distracted by a kitty rolling around begging for pets on the kitchen floor.

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This stuff is what I imagine angels eat while they sit around on puffy while clouds discussing whatever it is that blissful angels talk about. Guess what? Lucas’s aversion to pudding is reserved only for store-bought pre-made or boxed pudding. He’s all about homemade pudding. Salty, sweet, smooth, creamy, custard-like caramel pudding with a dollop of whipped cream on top. I don’t think he realized how many cups he’d gobbled up because when it was all gone the next day, he was pretty disappointed. After making two batches of salted caramel rice krispy treats, there’s one more jar left that’s getting turned into this salted caramel pudding sometime this week. As if I don’t have enough holiday sweets sitting around…

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17 Comments

  1. Veronica says:

    Oh My this is what angels would eat! I have heard of salted caramel cake but not pudding! I love pudding and this looks so heavenly! Thank you for the recipe! Hope Lucas is doing better!

  2. Sheri says:

    This does look yummy! I love salted caramels!

  3. dina says:

    omg this looks amazing!

  4. I technically should probably be in bed right now (waayyyy past my bed time), but then I checked my inbox and saw this post. Salted Caramel Pudding. Oh my, I need this in my life immediately! It looks SO good!

  5. Salted Caramel Pudding?! If only I had a dish of this right now. Topped with fresh whipped cream, this looks absolutely perfect.

  6. Joel A. says:

    This is a perfect treat. Caramel… Sweet and …Salty!! I would love to indulge in these anytime. This is my kind of thing.

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      I’m completely convinced now that salt totally enhances the flavor of sugars. I’m gonna try it as a trick to reduce the sugar content of some recipes and see what happens!

  7. What a good Mrs you are, Snix!
    BTW – tea bags stop bleeding – Mom’s trick, works great.
    These look sinful. Gotta make them.
    Don’t forget to enter in my foodie GIVEAWAY!!! xo

  8. These looks absolutely delicious! These would be want I want if my teeth were coming out, and I’d take the mash potatoes too.

  9. Alanna says:

    Oh. Wow. This looks absolutely incredible, and the perfect application for some leftover caramel sauce I have in the fridge. All over it! Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

  10. Poor thing! I will never forget that horrible experience :( WOW this pudding looks incredible! Yum yum :)

  11. Amy Endemann says:

    This dessert is my heaven. Great blog BTW!

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