Nothing like a good homemade, bowl of old-fashioned vanilla pudding. It screams cozy-night-in or after school snack. Kestrel Growth Brands contacted me to try some of their products and of course I did not hesitate to try one of my favorite flavors- vanilla, their Organic Vanilla Extract to be exact. Yes, I am a vanilla ice cream kind of gal. In this new economy I find it urgent to support small businesses. Their owners are people with passion, enthusiasm, and a desire to produce the best quality products. The deeper I delve into the foodie world, the more wonderful individuals I meet living their dreams through their small businesses. They are entrepreneurs with huge ideas, creativity, and a can-do spirit. I am always inspired by them. For me, dealing with small business owners makes doing business more personal as they find pleasure in being more accessible to the consumer, me.
I did like this vanilla and its smooth flavor and delicious aroma. It definitely is a better quality than the brand I have in my cupboard. I felt it shined in my Old-Fashioned Vanilla Pudding which is thick, creamy, and mmm, mmm, gurg. So if someone hands you vanilla, make pudding. Will ya?
Old-Fashioned Vanilla Pudding
2/3 cup sugar
6 T. cornstarch
1/2 t. salt
5 cups organic whole milk
2 T. unsalted butter
1 T. vanilla- Singing Dog Vanilla!
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt then slowly whisk in milk. Continue stirring until the pudding thickens, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap being sure the wrap touches the top surface of the pudding and seals it off from the air to prevent a “skin.” Let cool a bit and eat warm or refrigerate until cold. Pudding will thicken as it cools. Serves about 8.