Last week, I watched The Food Network's Melissa d'Arabian make a Spicy Butterscotch Pudding on her cooking show, Ten Dollar Dinners. Until I saw this, my opinion of butterscotch was meh, but turned into something I suddenly needed in my life, so I put on my vegan thinking cap and came up with this recipe. The end result was a beautiful golden-colored pudding, with an incredibly silky texture and a subtle scent of whisky. A modest sprinkle of coarse sea salt over the top upon serving transformed this pudding into a perfectly balanced fall dessert.
1/2 cup Earth Balance
3 tsp Ener-G
3 TB cornstarch
1 1/2 cups unsweetened soymilk
1 cup soy creamer (I used So Delicious Coconut Creamer)
1/2 cup palm sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 TB whisky
coarse sea salt, for serving
In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the Earth Balance over low heat. In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 cup of the soymilk with the cornstarch and Ener-G and whisk until there are no lumps left. Add the mixture to the saucepan with the melted Earth Balance and whisk until well combined. Increase the heat to medium-low.
In the same medium-sized bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup soymilk, creamer and sugars. Whisk until there are no lumps left. Add that mixture to the saucepan and whisk frequently. Once it comes to a small boil, remove it from the heat.
Add in the whisky and transfer the pudding to the refrigerator to chill. (It will thicken as it cools.) Serve with a sprinkle of the coarse sea salt.