I don’t have children yet but I do love finding fun crafts and baking that I can do when I’m with them. It can be a really engaging activity as most kids want to help out in the kitchen with baking! I’m all for anything that gets them away from the computer and tv screen and this project is just a blast to do with kids!
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3⁄4 cup sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch 1⁄4 tsp salt 1 cup 2% milk 2 cups whole milk 1 whole egg, plus 3 egg whites 2 tbsp unsalted butter 11⁄2 tsp vanilla extract (clear if you can)
or 1 vanilla bean Gel food coloring (such as AmeriColor) in red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple
Saucepan Whisk 6 small mixing bowls Clear bowls, small juice glasses (clear), or tall
shot glasses 6 disposable pastry bags
Notes: If possible, use gel food coloring instead of the traditional food coloring found in grocery stores. Gel food coloring produces vibrant color results with just a small amount of dye.
If you prefer more yolks in your pudding, try this simple substitution: 3 whole eggs in place of the egg-and-egg- white combination in this recipe. Additionally, decrease the amount of cornstarch to 1⁄4 cup plus 11⁄2 tsp.
CLASSIC VANILLA PUDDING Step 1: Add the sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a medium saucepan (preferably stainless steel). Whisk the ingredients to combine, then add 1⁄2 cup of the 2% milk to the sugar mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir until combined and thick.
Step 2: Whisk in the remaining milk (2% and whole), cooking over low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon for about 15 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
Step 3: In a medium bowl, whisk the two eggs until gently beaten. Slowly add about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to the eggs, whisking as you pour. Then pour the milk/egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining hot milk mixture.
Step 4: Cook over low heat for an additional 5 minutes — do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in the butter and vanilla (or vanilla bean).
RAINBOW PUDDING Step 1: Add the pudding to a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic against the surface of the pudding until airtight. This will prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.
Step 2: Divide the cooled pudding evenly into 6 medium mixing bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl, corresponding with each color of the rainbow. Stir; add more food coloring (if desired) until desired color is reached.
Step 3: Divide the colored pudding into 6 pastry bags. Alternatively, you can just spoon the colors into bowls, but that can be a bit messier. Snip the end of the red pastry bag off so that there is about a 1⁄2″ diameter hole. Pipe the red pudding into each bowl. Repeat with remaining colors.