Butterscotch Pudding with Scotch Whisky

Butterscotch Pudding with Scotch Whisky

Creamy and sweet Butterscotch Pudding with Scotch Whisky. There is just a hint of Scotch but leave it out to make it more kid-friendly

Like many parents before me, I have now discovered the secret to getting children to eat their dinner. Have pudding as the dessert. Two evenings in a row I had pudding on offer for dessert and Timothy sat down at the table and ate his dinner with a minimum of pre-schooler drama.

On a related note to pre-schooler drama, I am currently reading One More Time… by Amy McCready in an effort to change the way we discipline and parent in general. What we are doing is not working. Time-outs are useless and I don’t want to yell and scream all the time because Timothy won’t put his damn shoes on, or flush the toilet, or eat his dinner, or put his toys away, and so on. I will let you know how it goes because the pudding bribery method will only work for so long and then the kid will have figured me out soon.

Ok, parenting digression over; back to pudding talk.I strongly recommend that you pick up a bag of organic dark brown aka Muscovado sugar for this recipe. I love regular soft brown sugar and for most recipes it is fine but the flavour you get from the organic brown sugar simply can’t be created with regular brown sugar. If you don’t want to buy the organic brown sugar because of cost or indifference then, of course, regular brown sugar will give you a delicious pudding. It will just taste different than what I make. That is the beauty of cooking in your own kitchen; you make what you want to make with the ingredients you have.

My pudding recipes are slightly different than others I’ve seen on blogs. After lots of testing on my chocolate pudding recipe, I figured out that you need more egg yolks than whites or it is too eggy.  More than 2 tablespoons of cornstarch makes it too starchy for my taste. This is why I use 2 yolks, one whole egg and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

Boil up some sugar and join us as #CaramelWeek continues. Below is a list of who is participating in the #CaramelWeek festivities with links to their blogs and recipes. I confess that I copied this list from Climbing Grier Mountain, since I’m kinda lazy and she had it laid out so well.


Kirsten @ Comfortably Domestic – Crockpot Dulce de Leche

Beka @ Kvetchin’ Kitchen – Caramel Apple Pie

Mads @ La Petite Pancake – Caramel Banana Bread Pudding


Allison @ Decadent Philistines Saves the World – Salted Caramel Pork Loin w/ Shaved Brussel Sprouts & Apple Salad

Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama – Chewy Milk Dud Brownies


Jeanne @ Inside NanaBread’s Head – Chocolate Alfajories with Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks – Almost Famous Fairground Caramel Sauce

Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic – Vanilla Alfajor Cookies

Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain– Dulce de Leche Milkshakes with Caramel Drizzle


Kat @ Tenaciously Yours – Popcorn Crunch Sundae

Christina @ Buffy and George – Butterscotch Pudding (but you already know this 😉 )


Megan @ Country Cleaver – Pear Caramel Mini Cheesecakes

Madeline @ Munching in the Mitten – Caramel Cake


Kirsten @ Comfortably Domestic – DIY Dulce de Leche Coffee Creamer

Katie @ The Hill Country Cook  – Salted Caramel Pie

Butterscotch Pudding closeup

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Butterscotch Pudding with Scotch Whisky

Rich and creamy Butterscotch Pudding that uses organic brown sugar for extra flavour and a couple splashes of Scotch.

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 3/4 cup organic dark brown (Muscovado) sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (35% cream)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 tbsp Scotch Whisky
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together the brown sugar and cream. Bring it to a boil, stirring often and let it boil until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
  2. While that boils, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, cornstarch and vanilla in a large glass measuring cup.
  3. When the caramel is thickened to the consistency of corn syrup, remove it from the heat and add the butter and Scotch.
  4. Put the pot back on the heat and melt the butter. When that has melted, stir in the milk and heat until the milk starts to steam.
  5. Very slowly, starting with dribbles, whisk the hot milk and caramel into the eggs and corn starch. When it is all incorporated, pour it all back into the pot.
  6. Over a medium low heat, whisk constantly until thick. It is thick enough when the whisk leaves a trail that stays for several seconds. Do not let it boil.*
  7. Pour the pudding into a heatproof bowl through a fine-mesh seive and cover with plastic wrap directly on the pudding.
  8. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream or shaved white chocolate.
Recipe Type: Dessert


If it does get hot enough to bubble then remove it from the heat and pour it into a heat-proof bowl immediately. Don't scrape the pot. There will be bits on the bottom that aren't very nice.



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    • Christina says

      Doesn't like pudding? That sentence doesn't even make sense ;). Well, more for you and HRH.
    • Christina says

      Thanks! It is nice to serve more seemingly humble desserts sometimes are dinner parties, just dressed up a little bit.
  1. says

    Shut the front door! This looks & sounds so amazing, and I happen to have ALL of the ingredients on hand. I'm so excited! We're so happy you joined us for Caramel Week, Christina. I hope you'll come out to play with us more often.
  2. Christina says

    Thanks Jeanne! I've heard a rumour about what the next great theme coming in the summer. I"m really looking forward to it :)
  3. says

    Hey lady! This comment is SO overdue. This pudding just looks to die for. Love the whisky add-in. I would have never had a clue! XOXO
    • Christina says

      Thanks! The whisky gives it a little something extra. Another flavour note and since the alcohol boils off it is ok for kids :)

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