Last updated on April 8th, 2019
Lusciously smooth jasmine pudding topped with a dollop of whipped cream and crunchy honeyed buckwheat. It tastes like a cup of jasmine milk tea with the subtle notes of jasmine pearls bursting through in a not-so-subtle way.
I had plans of getting this recipe up the day after Christmas. I also had planned for my kid to spend Christmas Eve with the extended family and open her gifts on Christmas morning, neither of which happened either. It all got wiped out with a nasty virus that we passed around the family with fevers, chills, coughs, and congestion for FIVE DAYS. The most miserable of us, though, was our almost two-year-old who just couldn’t understand why this was happening to her or why we were in prompt care on Christmas Eve instead of sitting on Santa’s lap as promised. Good thing she won’t remember this Christmas and its ensuing ear infection.
So it’s Saturday night and I’m finally sharing this jasmine pudding with honeyed buckwheat with you just in the nick of time for your NYE celebrations. It tastes just like jasmine milk tea and it’s the most comforting luscious dessert I can think of right now.
I’ve got another batch steeping on the stove toinght, ready for a low-key NYE game night with our neighbors. I would have also served it on Christmas, if my mom hadn’t insisted no one likes pudding (she later back-pedaled on the dramatization of her statement, but, still, no pudding for her). She’s wrong, though, right? Pudding rules, Mom.
I’m pretty confident there’s no way anyone could not like this pudding (follow that double negative?). The texture of homemade pudding is so alluring and it’s one of the easiest desserts you can make. Here I’ve infused the milk with jasmine tea pearls – and lots of them to let the subtlety of jasmine’s notes shine through, which creates a pudding that’s not subtle in flavor after all. Little honeyed bits of toasted buckwheat break things up with crunchy intrigue, but the topping’s optional and pudding delicious with or without.
My girlfriend Carla turned me onto jasmine milk tea – her regular order when we get together for weekly boba…delivery (we have issues). So I turned it into this jasmine pudding in her honor to make up for her delivery order going south the last time we got boba delivery at my place.
You see, we’ve got a large full-length front porch window that our couch butts up against. It’s great for observing the comings and goings, but it also has major down sides. Like when I’m laying under a blanket on my couch without pants on and someone rings the doorbell. There’s no way for me to get up without whoever seeing I’m not wearing pants but there’s also no way for me to ignore the doorbell because they can see me laying on the couch. What do you do??
It’s similarly awkward when Carla and I are chatting on the couch and inadvertently see the Postmates delivery gal drop our order SPLAT in the middle of my walkway about 5 feet from the front window. What do you do?! Look, but don’t look? Ignore? Open the door only to unintentionally make her feel embarrassed? There’s no right answer here, except, maybe, make Carla answer the door because she’s much better in those kinds of situations.
And then make up for it with jasmine pudding! Hope your NYE celebrations are as delicious as fancy pudding!
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