Brown Sugar Scotch Pudding to Soothe the Soul

Brown Sugar Scotch Pudding is rich and luscious and may not cure everything, but it sure will make you feel better. 
Brown sugar Scotch Pudding

Brown sugar Scotch pudding is really butterscotch pudding in disguise. Better than butterscotch candy, and topped with caramel sauce instead of butterscotch sauce, this pudding is sure to soothe your soul. It is meant to be spooned slowly into one’s mouth, then one luxuriously licks the spoon clean, to dive in again.  This butterscotch pudding recipe should be in one’s back pocket for those few days when one’s spirits are depleted and the only thing that will help is this brown sugar Scotch pudding!

Some days I need to be soothed. Yesterday was one of them. I am tired of people that assure you they will do something and then they don’t. Ok, let’s give them credit for trying. But just like yellow ribbons didn’t matter when my kids were small (they knew only the blue counted) trying doesn’t really help. And promising makes it worse.

Brown sugar butterscotch pudding

Yes, I’m feeling a bit bitter, a bit angry, a very bit depressed. When, oh when,will our lives improve? I keep giving thanks for having made it thus far but sometimes I am just tired of being thankful. Sometime I want to yell and scream and lay in bed and not get dressed. I want to give up and scream at this crazy world that doesn’t make sense. I want to shout that my husband is more qualified than most of you f—ers. I want to tell you that I’m not feeling sorry for myself, but I am. I want to tell you that I’m scared and that I’m sorry for sharing all of this with you-whoever you may be. I want to tell the therapist that said to write it all down because it will help, that it really doesn’t. And I want to tell my friend that brought me newspapers and fabric, that that was the best thing that happened to me all day.

And that’s enough if you made it this far because I’m blubbering like a baby and I just can’t take it anymore. I want someone else to figure out my life, because I’m just too tired to figure it out anymore. Least of all care. So I’ll share with you about the only thing I have left to give; because
food touches my soul. And I’m guessing for those that are still reading, it may touch yours, too. That’s about all I’ve got today. Something above assures me that the sun will still come out tomorrow…

Brown Sugar Scotch Pudding

Other Foods that Soothe My Soul

Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip Cookies

Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

cut squares of chocolate Texas sheet cake

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Brown Sugar Scotch Pudding

Brown Sugar Scotch Pudding to Soothe the Soul

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Brown sugar pudding is really butterscotch pudding in disguise. Simple to make, this really is the best butterscotch pudding recipe out there!



2 c half and half

3/4 c packed dark brown sugar

2 T cornstarch

2 large egg yolks

¼ t salt

1 T unsalted butter

½ t vanilla

1 T scotch (optional)

Whipped Topping:

1/2 c heavy cream

1/2 c sour cream

Caramel Sauce

1 c dark brown sugar

3/4 c heavy cream

2 T butter

1 t ground coffee


Stir together half and half, brown sugar, and cornstarch in a 2-3 quart heavy saucepan and heat over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated through. (Do not let boil.)

Whisk together yolks and salt in a medium bowl until smooth, then add hot half and half mixture in a slow stream while whisking. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking for 1 minute. Mixture will thicken.

Immediately pour through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl and stir in butter, vanilla and scotch until butter is incorporated. Cover surface with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until chilled-or you can just eat it warm, which isn’t so bad. Well, it is pretty good, too.

Choice of Toppings:

Whipped Topping

Mix heavy cream with sour cream and beat until mixture holds stiff peaks.


Caramel Sauce

Stir all ingredients together and heat in microwave on low power until butter has melted.


Thanks Gourmet!

Keywords: pudding, homemade pudding, brown sugar pudding,



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  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    March 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Just the pudding to comfort your soul. Life isn´t fair sometimes, it´s true, and other times it´s ok to not get dressed. Let´s hope the near future will be brighter! Gorgeous recipe!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    March 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks so much Paula. And I appreciate the comments!

  • The Sketched Chef
    February 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This looks awesome and amazing !
    The perfect comfort food 🙂

    I really like your blog and recipes, it's so creative and fresh !

  • Abbe
    February 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    This is lick the spoon, pot and bowl clean. Very indulgent as Natalie said. And thanks for the kudos on my blog. They are very much appreciated.

  • Abbe
    February 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    You are right Laura. Those are the ones tht make life worth living. Sounds like you are one of them!

  • Laura Dembowski
    February 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    That looks amazing and certainly very comforting! It is just terrible when people say they'll do something and don't or when they say after the fact "I was going to . . ." There are no points for trying. Luckily, sometimes people surprise you in a really great way to make up for all the other times.

  • Abbe
    February 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    You are so kind-and so right. Thank you. And try the pudding. It helps!

  • Anonymous
    February 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    oh i so hear you – i hate when people do the same thing to me – it just doesn't help. sometimes one just needs an empathatic ear to cry to. so while i can't offer anything i can tell you that you were heard and my heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Abbe
    February 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Oh, Priscilla. you made me laugh! I'll be honest. That's a tough choice, because I LOVE fried chicken.

  • Priscilla M
    February 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    This is why I chose to oven bake my fried chicken. So I can have dessert like this! LOL

  • Meirav
    February 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    It does look awesome, but because I have diabetes I can't try it. I Hope you feel better by now – I wish you were here and we would have done something fun together.
    when I feel blue I want to stay in bed or eat comforting sweet food, but because of the diabetes I try to exercise instead. Usually it works!

  • Abbe
    February 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you actor's diet. Today is a better day. And Simone-One day we will! And thanks Emanuelle for writing. You will enjoy it. I promise!

  • emanuelle
    February 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    this looks awesome. I can't wait to try it.

  • + Q Perfume Blog
    February 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Abbe darling…you read my mind! I need that pudding. If you were here with me we would share pudding, teas and perfumes!!!
    KIss from Brazil, Simone

  • the actor's diet
    February 7, 2013 at 5:49 am

    my soul needs soothing!!! this would do it…

  • Abbe
    February 7, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Thanks Natalie. It is luscious!

  • Abbe
    February 7, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Thanks, Amy. You guys all make me feel so much better. I better make some more pudding!

  • Natalie G
    February 7, 2013 at 3:39 am

    This looks very indulgent! I like the scotch in it, great flavoring.

  • Amy
    February 7, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Oh dear, I hear you loud and clear. I'm not sure what you're going through, but I hope you're feeling better soon! Sometimes we just need to let it all out, even writing it down doesn't seems to help, I believe it does, in some way. Hope you'll have a better day tomorrow….and I'm sure this gorgeous brown sugar scotch pudding can help you feel a bit better. 🙂 Hang in there….I'm sure there's light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Abbe
    February 7, 2013 at 1:40 am

    How come all male bloggers are so sweet? Thanks for the kind words. What I could really use is some of that brodetto that you posted today!

  • ChgoJohn
    February 7, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Sounds like you've had better days than than the one you're experiencing. So long as it's just a day, why not lay low, spend a little extra time in bed, and have some of this pudding. For me, things always look better after a little self-pampering. Give it a try. And I'll take one of those puddings if you've any left over. 🙂

  • Abbe
    February 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks Mr. Riffs. You always know the right thing to say. It is good pudding and I could easily eat the entire recipe.

  • Kitchen Riffs
    February 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I dunno – sometimes staying in bed seems a pretty reasonable course of action to me. 😉 Sorry for your troubles, and I hope things will soon be looking brighter. But in the meantime, maybe eat some more of this? Terrific looking pudding. Sounds wonderful, and the pictures are quite good.