How was your weekend? The winter is playing its intense version here...... But the sneaky rainfall is making us feel dreamy...... I love the marriage between this winter and rain....as it stabilizes the chillness of winter even though not fully fledged.....
Budino is an Italian sweet which is rich and creamy. When I thought of making a bake less dessert, Faith Durand's Bake less sweets recipe came to save me.... I started loving cream cheese also.
4 oz(115 g) of cream cheese softened at room temperature
1 cup of cream (Half n Half or Amul Fresh cream or Whipping cream- I used Half and Half )
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of whole milk
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
Corn starch and egg yolk slurry:
Put the cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl and add half of the cream into it, whisking continuously till there are no lumps in it.
In another bowl, whisk the cream cheese until it looks whipped. Slowly add the remaining cream and whisk until smooth. Pour in the cornstarch and the cream mixture and whisk until smooth. Now whisk in the egg yolk.
Combine milk and sugar in a saucepan on medium heat and when it comes to boil, pour about a cup of milk into the cornstarch cream cheese mixture, whisking continuously while transferring to temper the mixture. Pour the tempered slurry back to the sauce pan and continue whisking and bring back to medium heat and bring it to boil for almost 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
When the pudding thickens and it tastes cooked, reduce the flame to low and continue for 2 to 3 minutes whisking continuously. Take off from the flame and add vanilla extract and mix it well.
Without delay, pour the hot pudding into a shallow container as it might have a tendency to thicken further. Cover with a cling or a plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
I had some left over ganache from the Opera cake and I heated it and poured over the budino and set. But, actually there is no need for ganache or any topping.... It itself tastes good and able to deliver a unique treat for our taste buds. Anish, Rydhi and me enjoyed it well and when it got finished.....I could hear a cry "Ohhh......finished :-(". So try and enjoy with your loved ones.... :-)