Vanilla Bean Pudding

Vanilla Bean Pudding
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  2. 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 cup half-and-half
  7. 2 large egg yolks
  8. 4 teaspoons butter
Instructions
  1. Place milk in a medium, heavy saucepan. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to milk. Bring to a boil.
  2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well. Combine half-and-half and egg yolks, stirring well. Stir egg yolk mixture into sugar mixture. Gradually add half of hot milk to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return hot milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add butter, stirring until melted. Remove vanilla bean; discard.
  3. Spoon pudding into a bowl. Place bowl in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until pudding cools, stirring occasionally. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap; chill.
Notes
  1. Vanilla beans can be expensive, but their superior flavor is worth the investment. Substitute vanilla paste or one teaspoon real vanilla extract if necessary. Stir extract in with the butter.
Adapted from My Recipes
Adapted from My Recipes
Rosemary Farm http://www.rosemaryfarm.com/
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