layers

I have a confession: I’m a superhero. How do I know this? Because I wear yoga clothes under my work clothes so I can be ready for yoga at a moment’s notice. Just like Clark Kent with his Superman suit. Clearly, I am a yoga superhero and my superhero name is

Dressing in layers like a superhero, or an onion, definitely not like a parfait, except almost exactly like a parfait, is just like what this recipe does with nut butter pudding, chocolate pudding, salted caramel, and whipped cream. It definitely made me the superhero of Nate’s birthday dinner!

I don’t often make desserts, but I make exceptions for birthdays. Sometimes I make huge exceptions, but more on that later. For this portion of the meal the exceptions came in the form of peanut butter (which I ate with a spoon and chocolate chips… boy was that a regrettable decision… instantly unhappy tummy), whole milk, heavy cream, and three kinds of sugar.

I also had to make this the day before so as not to be overwhelmed on actual birthday day. The challenge: hide 4 mostly assembled, layered pudding glasses from a snoopy boyfriend with a severe sweet tooth. The solution: in the trader joe’s bag under arugula and portobello mushrooms (which he despises).

Huge shout out to joy the baker for the chocolate and peanut butter pudding and deb for the salted caramel!

And a very happy birthday to a very special someone ❤

birthday layer pudding
Adapted fr joy the baker and smittenkitchen
Ingredients:
Peanut butter pudding:
1/3 c light brown sugar
2 T cornstarch
1/4 t fresh ground sea salt
2 c organic whole milk
1/2 c organic heavy cream
1/2 c creamy all-natural peanut butter (I want to try sunflower seed or almond next!!)
2 t pure vanilla extract

Chocolate pudding:
1/3 c light brown sugar
2 T cornstarch
2 T cacao powder
1/4 t fresh ground sea salt
2 c organic whole milk
1/2 c organic heavy cream
4-6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 t pure vanilla extract

Whipped cream:
1 c organic heavy cream
3 T powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Salted caramel:
1/4 c sugar
2 T unsalted organic butter
1/4 tsp flaked sea salt
2 T heavy cream

Prep:
1) in a saucepan or any large stovetop cooking device whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt, it’s ok if it’s lumpy. Whisk in heavy cream and milk, turn on heat to medium. whisk occasionally, especially in the corners, till mixture comes to a simmer then whisk constantly for 1 minute, mixture should thicken a little. Turn off the heat and whisk in the peanut butter and vanilla, mixture should thicken a lot.

2) divide the pudding between 6 clear glasses/mason jars/parfaits/whatever and put in the fridge while you make the chocolate pudding and caramel

3) in a saucepan or any large stovetop cooking device (possibly the one you just used but rinsed out) whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, cacao powder, and salt, it’s ok if it’s lumpy. Whisk in heavy cream and milk, turn on heat to medium. whisk occasionally, especially in the corners, till mixture comes to a simmer then whisk constantly for 1 minute, mixture should thicken a little. Turn off the heat and whisk in the chocolate chips and vanilla, mixture should thicken a lot.

4) pour the chocolate pudding over the peanut butter pudding and put them back in the fridge.

5) in a small saucepan melt sugar over medium-high heat and cook till caramel colored (about 5 minutes total). Remove from heat and add the butter and salt and stir till melted and mostly incorporated. Return to heat and add the heavy cream, stir and cook for another minute or two till beautiful and bronze/copper colored. let cool a little bit.

6) top pudding with caramel, cover, and let sit over night (or at least two hours) in the fridge.

7) when ready to serve top with the whipped cream: combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk or use a hand mixer until it forms soft peaks (about 5 minutes witht the hand mixer)

8) serve and watch your guest’s faces light up with sweet indulgence 🙂

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