This rich and silky pudding is best served warm, when you're snuggled down on the couch in your PJs, but it's not half bad all thick and wobbly from the fridge as a midnight snack. In either case, its creamy consistency depends in part on white chocolate; our favorite supermarket brand is Green & Blacks, which has a strong vanilla flavor that doesn't distract from the combination of toasted sugar and malted milk that gives this pudding its butterscotchy character.
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- The mellow sweetness and subtle caramelization of toasted sugar are a perfect match for butterscotch.
- Malted milk powder adds a rich and vaguely nutty flavor.
- White chocolate adds body without making the custard too thick.
- 2 ounces white chocolate with a strong vanilla flavor, such as Green & Black’s (1/3 cup; 55g)
- 3 1/2 ounces quick-toasted sugar (1/2 cup; 100g) (see note above)
- 1 ounce malted milk powder, such as Carnation (1/4 cup; 25g)
- 1/2 ounce cornstarch (4 teaspoons; 15g)
- 1/4 teaspoon (1g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use half as much by volume or use the same weight
- 5 large egg yolks (about 1/3 cup; 3 ounces; 85g yolk)
- 12 ounces milk, any percentage will do (1 1/2 cups; 340g)
- 1/4 ounce vanilla extract (1 1/2 teaspoons; 7ml)
Roughly chop white chocolate, place in a medium bowl, and suspend a large single-mesh sieve over the top. In a 3-quart stainless steel saucier, whisk together toasted sugar, malted milk powder, cornstarch, and salt. Add egg yolks and just a splash of the milk. Whisk until no lumps remain, then whisk in the remaining milk.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring with the whisk until quite warm, about 4 minutes. Increase to medium heat, and gently whisk until the custard thickens, about 3 minutes, then continue cooking and whisking a minute longer. Immediately strain into the prepared bowl, pressing with a flexible spatula until the custard passes through. Add vanilla extract and stir until no longer billowing with steam. Serve warm, or refrigerate up to 1 week in an airtight container; stir before serving cold.