After my first bite of budino, it was launched into the top tier of my favorite desserts ever. With the rich pudding, delicious caramel and hint of salt, you can only imagine why. This recipe is perfect to make ahead, adding the finishing touches just before serving to anxious guests!
Have you ever had budino? It’s an experience unto itself. It comes out unassuming and presents itself as a modest cup of thick pudding. It’s appearance notably underwhelming when lined up against sensual cheesecakes or delicate pastries. Served in a cup or glass, it looks more akin to one of Grandma’s standby dessert mixes then a restaurant quality finale. But, you have it set in front of you, what else are you to do?
The spoon slides it’s way through the creamy caramel topping and into the thick pudding base. It’s not even the prettiest of desserts to stare at with it’s haphazard dollop of whipped cream on top. In that moment, you have prepared yourself for an underwhelming bland taste with a promise of burnt sugar from the caramel. Your first bite…
In that instant, the budino melts on to your tongue. The texture is perfectly smooth, not runny. There’s no hint of cornstarch, every egg has been tempered flawlessly for a rich finish. The flavor, unexpected, is an upscale version of childhood lunch box fantasy that a mature palette can appreciate. The soft subtle caramel mixing with the notes of vanilla and just enough salt, bring this dessert instantly into the running for the best yet. It’s simple cookie bottom adds just the right amount of texture to the whole experience and you take a moment to savor. To enjoy that bite and the elements that make this simple pudding dish so sublime. You know this is the first of many budinos to come. And the quest begins to discover the simple nuances of this dessert to your own kitchen.