citrus pudding

If you follow me on Pinterest {Do you? You totally should, I’m a super-Pinner. It’s an art you know. Not just Pinning for the sake of it, but actually Pinning things you are inspired by and want to try. Or that make you laugh. Because everyone needs a chuckle every now and then.}, you know that I’ve been on a lemon kick – food-wise – as of late. I’ve never really been all that into lemon-flavored things, but there is something so refreshing about lemons that I’ve just run with it.

I recently Pinned the recipe for Meyer Lemon Pudding and decided that Luke’s absence was the perfect time to make it. I put my own little spin on it too, since I’m such a rebel.

Citrus Pudding
serves 6 people {or 1 person for 1-3 days depending on how frequently you decide to consume said pudding}

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 1/2 cups whole milk
3 extra large egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons citrus zest {I used half lemon zest and half orange zest}
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup freshly squeezed citrus juice {again, half orange, half lemon}
2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the granulated sugar and cornstarch.  Add the honey, milk, egg yolks, zest, and salt and whisk until it’s silky smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently in the first 5 minutes or so, and then stir constantly toward the end as the mixture begins to thicken. You’ll know the mixture is thick enough if you swipe your finger down the back of your wooden spoon, and it doesn’t run back together. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the citrus juice and butter.  Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pour the mixture through the strainer. Divide the mixture into 6 serving dishes {if you wish} and allow to cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate, loosely covered {if you cover it tightly, you’ll trap the moisture and end up with watery pudding} for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Serve chilled by itself or with whipped cream.

The possibilities with this are endless – lemon, lemon-lime, orange, meyer lemon, blood orange. Plus, it’s totally a health-food, what with the fruit and honey and milk. We’ll just ignore the fact that there’s sugar in it, mmk?

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