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Butterscotch Pudding

Makes: 4 glasses
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Set Time: 3-4 hours

Ingredients**

Milk - 500 ml
Sugar - 100 grams (less or more)
Butter - 2 tablespoons
Cornflour - 5 tablespoons
Agar Agar - 2 tablespoons
Water - 1 cup
Vanilla - 1 teaspoon
For the praline (if making)
Chopped nuts - 2 tablespoons
Sugar - 2 teaspoons

Method

a) Making the Pudding

Step 1: Soak the Agar Agar flakes in water for 20-30 minutes to soften it. (I ground the flakes in the mixer once to break them into tiny pieces. You can simply tear them)
Step 2: Combine 1/2 cup of milk with cornflour. Mix well and keep aside.
Step 3: In a deep bottomed pan, heat sugar & butter together. Cook on medium for a few minutes until the mixture turns a beautiful golden brown. (Use the sugar as per the recipe first. If you need a bit more sugar, you can add it later on)
Watch Out For - the mixture hardening. It only takes one minute for the sugar to harden. But not to worry. Even if the mixture hardens (like mine did), as you proceed with step 4, the sugar will melt again and blend well with the milk
Step 4: Add the milk (or cream) to the caramelized sugar mixture and stir until sugar melts.
MEANWHILE Step 5: Simultaneously, place the agar agar + water on a burner and let it cook until the agar agar (or gelatin) mets. (Usually, powdered agar agar melts faster. But flakes should ideally melt too. If not, don't worry. RK has a solution. :D)
Step 6: As the sugar dissolves into the milk & everything is smooth, stir in the cornflour-milk mixture and cook till the mixture thickens. It usually takes about 1-2 minutes only.
Step 7: The Agar Agar solution we heated up in Step 5 should (ideally) be clear now. Pour the solution into the pudding mixture & stir well.
Step 8: Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently.
Step 9: Remove & let it cool. Stir frequently to avoid clumping.
Step 10: When it is warm, add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
Step 11: Before pouring into the glasses, it is a good idea to run the mixture through a sieve so that any solid, non-melted matter is left out & we get a smooth pudding. :)
Step 12: Pour into individual glasses or a nice serving bowl. Chill (not freeze) for at least 3-4 hours until the mixture sets.

b) To make the PRALINE

- Melt the until it turns golden brown
- Add in chopped nuts & mix once or twice
- Immediately transfer to a plate
- When it solidifies, break it off & store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve

c) How to serve 

Top it with some Praline or butterscotch chips or roasted nuts of whipped cream.

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