I love hearts. Always have, probably always will. I just love love, so you can imagine that I love this time of year. I love wearing red, making love-y food, and placing my heart wreath on the front door.
So to celebrate love and sweetness, I whipped up some vanilla pudding with R and his friend J. They both got on the stool, helping with adding ingredients and stirring. When we were done, I whipped up some easy strawberry sauce to use as decoration on the vanilla pudding.
If you put a small dollop of strawberry sauce on top of the vanilla pudding, and pull a toothpick through it, you can create some cute little hearts on top of your pudding:
Okay, so Martha Stewart I am not, but they’re still pretty cute, right?
J and R favored the heart-shaped sprinkles on their creations:
The strawberry sauce is basically warmed strawberry jam that I pushed through a sieve to make it easier to pour:
You can use any old vanilla pudding recipe of course, but this is our recipe:
Sweet Pea Vanilla Pudding
3/4 cup evaporated skim milk
3-3/4 cups skim milk
3/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients *except* vanilla in a heavy saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat, and stir with a whisk. Be sure to continue stirring so nothing settles to the bottom of the pan and burns. Bring the mixture to a boil, as you are stirring constantly, and then immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer 1 minute, or until the mixture thickens a bit.
Remove from heat, mix in the vanilla, and let cool a bit. Pour into a bowl and cover the top with wax paper or saran wrap (this prevents it from getting a "skin"). Refrigerate for a couple hours or until set.
Makes 8 servings
Life is sweet!