Butterscotch Custard Pudding

Butterscotch is one of my favorite fall flavors.  It always reminds me of warm autumn days and picnics under turning trees, when the leaves are swirling down, creating a crunchy carpet.  Once my mom introduced me to cooking pudding, I experimented with all the recipes in her old book.  She only let me make Butterscotch pudding on special occasions, as it is sweeter than most custards, and little ones can only handle so much sweetness before bed. 

There is nothing like homemade Butterscotch pudding.  If you have not tried it, I beg you to forget the store bought varieties, and make some of your own.  I remember one very disappointing trip to my grandma's house.  She had asked me ahead of time what I would like to make for dessert, and of course I told her pudding.  She said she would be ready!  I arrived, and we did our usual things, such as viewing the garden and a long walk around the cemetery, then we headed back to her house to make supper and dessert.  She had decided that supper was going to be simple, so that we had time to cook together.  Fish sticks and tatter tots went in the oven.  I began pulling out pudding ingredints and a sauce pan.  She gave me a very strange look, while telling me all we needed was a bowl and milk. 

"What kind of pudding would this be?" I wondered.  Then she produced a small box, emptied the contents into the bowl, measured some milk, handed me a spoon and told me to stir it for two minutes, while she left the room.  I did, and the results were okay, if you like cold pudding from a box... but that is not what I call cooking together -- nor dessert!  So here is the recipe I cook up with my kids, and I think the next time I visit her, I will take her some.

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courtesy of: www.davidlebovitz.com

Buterscotch Custard Pudding

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Mix sugar, corn starch, salt and eggs in pan.
  2. Stir in milk until well combine.  Cook over medium temperature, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and boils.  Boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat.
  3. Stir butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Serve hot or cold, as desired. 

Makes 6 1/2 cup servings.

Serving Ideas:

  • Pour into dessert bowls or wine glasses, add a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy.
  • Pour warm pudding into an Oreo cookie crust, chill, spread with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles, for a butterscotch cream pie.
  • Serve warm, with apple slices and pretzels.  Perfect on a fall outing.
  • Pour into little reusable containers with lids, chill and include in sack lunches.  Remember to include a spoon!
  • Last but not least, make half a batch, when no one is around, then eat straight out of the pan!


Ivorwen, 2010.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

I love these great butterscotch pudding desserts. For many years on our wedding anniversary,my wife has made these little puddings and I look forward to eating mine.

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LiftedUp 6 years ago from Plains of Colorado

Ah! Is that what you do when you can't sleep at night, get up and make a personal pan pudding? What a devious idea. Thanks for the humor as well as the ideas, Ivorwen.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

So, did you take some of your butterscotch pudding to your grandma yet? Did she like it? Did you have to go through the forest where the wolf lives? Did you wear a red hood? Oops, wrong story.

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I love your stories, Putz Ballard. Thanks for sharing your fond memories.

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

LoL LiftedUp! No. I don't get up in the middle of the night and cook. Someone might hear me, and then everyone would be up. I prefer to sneak it in when they are on bike rides and such. :)

Dr BJ, I haven't taken any to Grandma yet, but good news! She lives the opposite direction of the forest where the wolves live. :)

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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

Oh Ivorwen..you've done it again. I can almost taste it now. That does it...I'm gonna make this and/or the vanilla pud. Thanks.

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks Tim. Enjoy.

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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Lady the English pudding you know is derived from the Roman Sausage--the latin boudin going to pudding. I am so glad it evolved into the sweet meatless mixture you so enticingly lay out for us here--while a Haggis or two may be fine for the Scotch, give me the butterscotch variety every time--or chocolate. Will that be our next recipe? =:)

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ThreeFootHat 6 years ago from Chicago

That sounds so good!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Hello Winsome. I have seen recipes for meat puddings, but never tried one. Like you said, they just don't have the same appeal. As to the next recipe, I do believe there is a cheese cake coming, and then some chocolate pudding.

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you, ThreeFootHat!

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I am absolutely going to make this. I love pudding and if it's butterscotch that's even better. Thanks.

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Alekhouse! Let me know how you like it. :)

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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

Wonderful, as usual. This looks like a really great way to use up some extra goat milk! :-)

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks Joy! I know you have plenty of milk to spare. A luxury I only wish for. :)

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub about pudding recipes. I believe Butterscotch Custard Pudding is delicious. It look easy to make this pudding. I'll bookmark this one. Vote up. ~prasetio

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you prasetio! I do hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

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By Lori 4 years ago from USA

I love custard - have never had Butterscotch and I will definitely try this !

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