I also smeared some leftover butterscotch sauce from making sticky date pudding on the plate. All the elements on the plate complimented each other beautifully. You omit the mandarin curls since it is just there purely for decoration. You can eat it but I don't, it's simply too strong to my liking.
German Vanilla Pudding
(makes enough to serve one as an after meal dessert)
For the pudding:
1 tbsp castor sugar
2.5 tbsp cornflour
1 cup cold milk
Have ready a one cup capacity mould or just 2 ramekins of 1/2 cup capacity each. Make sure it is slightly wet inside. Place it into the fridge while you make the pudding. Place 3 tbsp milk from the 1 cup of milk into a small bowl and whisk in the sugar, cornflour and vanilla paste into a smooth slurry.
Pour the remaining milk into a wetted milk pot and gently bring to a boil. Once the milk in the pan starts to bubble, remove from the heat, and whisk in the vanilla paste mixture. It should thicken immediately. Place pan back onto the heat and keep whisking. Allow to bubble for 1 minute then remove from heat and pour into the cold bowl set aside earlier. Allow to cool at room temperature first before refrigerating. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.You can choose to refrigerate it with a layer of plastic wrap touching the surface but I didn't quite bother. I like it with skin formation for easy removal.
While the pudding is cooling, segment the mandarin oranges and add a couple of tablespoons of castor sugar and a splash of Grand Marnier to it. Mix everything around well and let it sit in the fridge until the pudding is ready to serve. Make sure you stir the macerated mandarins once in a while.
To serve, place a serving plate over a bowl of pudding and turn it upside down in one quick motion. The pudding should easily slide onto the plate, maintaining it's shape. If it is not coming out, dribble a little macerated mandarin juice on the pudding and let it stand 5 mins before flipping. Serve with the garnishes or any other elements you prefer.
Macerated Mandarin Syrup and Segments (see above)
Toasted pistachios, roughly chopped
Toasted walnuts, crumbled
I am so happy Aaron is back and a little sweet dessert goes a long way. We had a fun day out today, he accompanied me and we bought some stuffs for myself. He sighed when he saw me bought yet another plate and he asked what's this for this time? It's an awesome looking black plate. Also bought a pair of black leather boots and a large wool quilt to keep me warm through the winter.
I am one happy girl now and I wish life would be so good every single day!