A Must for All Pudding Lovers!
Reviewed in the United States on 4 November 2013
I have dozens of wonderful dessert cookbooks, but very few of them offer any recipes for my all-time favorite dessert - pudding! So I was thrilled to come across Puddin' by Clio Goodman - an entire cookbook devoted to puddings, parfaits, and other pudding-based delights. I am very happy to report that so far, this cookbook has not disappointed me! I have made three gloriously delicious desserts (a fantastic basic chocolate pudding, Boston Cream pudding, and my new favorite, peanut butter pudding) and I can't wait to try more. I only wish that eating pudding on a daily basis was as good for the body as it is for the soul - then I'd be able to try more of Goodman's amazing recipes. For now I've got to wait for a holiday or company because if I eat any more wonderful pudding I'm going to have to go up a jeans size!
I've read through all of Ms. Goodman's recipes and they all appear to be crafted with care and, in my opinion based on my extensive baking experience, with methods that will translate into tasty desserts. I love that Ms. Goodman includes recipes for treats that traditionally pair well with pudding, such as home-made marshmallow creme, graham crackers, and vanilla wafers (what could be better than an icebox cake made entirely from scratch??! I can't wait to try it!). She doesn't use any shortcuts - all of her recipes call for good old-fashioned "real" ingredients and cooking methods (no instant junk or microwave fast-fixes), and she includes information about basic ingredients, special equipment, and Pudding 101 tips to ensure that your creations come out perfectly. I used all organic ingredients with the three recipes I tried (organic eggs, cream, sugar, etc.) and the results were fanstastic (if not low-fat!).
Ms. Goodman includes recipes for traditional puddings (chocolate, vanilla, banana, tapioca, rice pudding and even a vegan coconut pudding that sounds wonderful), as well as a section entitled "New Favorites" that includes Nutella Pudding, the amazing aforementioned Peanut Butter and Boston Cream Puddings, Dulce de Lece Pudding, Roasted Cashew Pudding and more. I think the "Toppings" chapter is brilliant - it includes recipes for brownie crumbs, fudge sauce, peanut brittle bits, fruit compote toppings, salted caramel sauce, various cookie recipes and more. There are twelve parfait recipes (including one for S'mores Parfait!) and eight recipes for pudding-based cakes (which all look amazing, including Mocha Cake with Coffee Frosting, Very Vanilla Cake, and Coconut Cream Custard Tart). The final chapter on Pudding Pops is very intriguing, with recipes for Peanut Butter Fudge Pops, Lemon Raspberry Pops and Banana Split Pops among the seven recipes.
You'd have to scrounge through dozens of cookbooks to find this many quality pudding-based recipes - Ms. Goodman has done us pudding lovers a huge favor by putting them all in one place! This cookbook is well-written, the recipes are easy to follow, and so far the recipes I have tried have been deliciously successful. If pudding is your think you must get Puddin'!
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