Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Homemade Pudding and Pie Filling

I came across this wonderful recipe on Mama's Nut House. I am going to try these out soon!
Here is what she has to say:

Sorry to say, that these do need to be cooked on the stove top or in a
microwave, but they are easy to make.Each batch of the mix will make 15 one cup
servings or 5 nine inch pies.To make each mix: Mix the ingredients together and
store in a zip lock or mason jar(s) on the shelf. (These have a long shelf life,
there's really nothing to spoil in it.) Write the cooking directions on a 3x5
card and tape to the zip bag or jar(s).

To make 3 cups: Measure out the amount of
mix called for in each recipe - it varies, into a medium size sauce pan. A heavy
pot is best. Gradually blend in 2 3/4 cups of milk over a low heat, stirring
constantly. The mixture will thicken and come to a boil. Let it boil gently for
1 minute, but keep stirring it. Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract (or
extract of your choice). Adding 1-3 Tbs of butter after adding the extract will
give a richer taste, especially if you've used skim or powdered milk to make the
pudding.You can portion this out into six 1/2 cup portions, or store it in a
bowl. When it's cooled a bit, you need to cover this pudding to keep a skin from
forming. The skin won't hurt you, but it's a little tougher than the pudding
underneath it. I put some plastic wrap directly on the cooled pudding. (If it
LASTS that long! lol)

Basic pudding (vanilla flavored)

  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Use 2/3 cup of mix (add 1-1 1/2 tsp vanilla to cooked

Chocolate pudding

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Use 1 cup of mix (add 1-1 1/2 tsp vanilla to cooked

Butterscotch Pudding

  • 1 7/8 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/4 cupscornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Use 3/4 cups plus 1 tbs of mix, plus 2-4 tbs butter (not optional if you want the correct taste)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 Tsp vanilla to cooked pudding.

You can make any other flavor pudding by adding that flavor extract to
the basic pudding (in place of the vanilla extract - or even with the

Pie Filling Prepare any flavor pudding to the boiling point, but don't
let it boil for that minute, just take it off the stove and stir in your
flavorings and opt. butter. Let cool, stirring once in a while, for 10 mins.
Pour the filling into a cooled, baked 9" pie shell and chill until it's firm.
You can add any bits of candy , chocolate chips, nuts, Cool Whip, fruit pieces
(fresh, frozen, canned or dried), coconut or any other add-ins that you can
think of. Strawberry extract with pieces of strawberry, lemon extract with
mandarin orange pieces, etc.You can also add artificial coloring to your cooked
puddings if you want to, but why?

These puddings can also be made with powdered
milk, but will have a limited shelf-life, unless you keep the mix in the
freezer. You would have to adjust the amount of powdered mile to make 2 3/4 cups
of milk and then when you go to cook it, just use that amount of water instead
of milk. You would also need to divide the amount of powdered milk you used into
6 portions and add that much more to each basic flavor.For instance, my milk
calls for 1/3 cup of powder for each cup of milk you want. So I'd add 4.5 cup of
powder (yes, it is a little off, but not enough to hurt anything), and add that
to the dry ingredients, mixing it all together very well. Then for each recipe,
I'd need to add 1 scant cup (11/12ths of a cup) more of the mix than what the
recipe calls for. So for the Vanilla pudding, I'd measure out 1 2/3 cups mix and
remove 1 tbs of mix.Actually, for me and my laziness, either way I made the mix
- with or without powdered milk; I'd make the mix and then immediately divide it
equally into 5 packets. Each packet will make 3 cups which is six 1/2 cup
servings or filling for one pie. Keep the packets all in a larger zip bag with
the instructions inside it. When we want pudding, dump the packet (save bag to
refill later), add the milk/water and off you go.Oh, you find cornstarch in the
baking aisle with the salt, baking powder, baking soda, etc.

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