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Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Desserts, Snacks | 6 comments

Apple Cider Pudding with a Caramel Swirl and Toffee Chips

Apple Cider Pudding with a Caramel Swirl and Toffee Chips

So I’m really stuck on caramel right now.  I don’t know if it’s the start of Fall or my sweet tooth talking but I can’t get enough lately.  My middle child says I’m a little overboard, especially with the salted caramel dishes but there will be several more to come.  If you’re not a caramel fan, like my mom…then to you I say I’m sorry.  It will pass.  Don’t abandon me, please.  I’ll at least try and sprinkle in some other things so it doesn’t get monotonous for you guys.  Today I was craving apple cider but it’s still so warm out that I came up with an idea.  Apple Cider Pudding with a Caramel Swirl and Toffee Chips. It was a huge hit.  It’s completely gone!

You may be thinking that apple cider seems like a strange thing to crave.  I agree.  Growing up during the Winter my mom always had a crock pot on the counter with apple cider in it so that any time you came in the house there’s this wonderful smell wafting through the air.  I always think about my mom when I smell it.  I’ve begun the tradition at my house and my children will do the same.  Birdie, my oldest already does.

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I’ve never attempted homemade pudding and certainly not without a recipe but this turned out really well and it was actually fairly simple.  I used full fat cream.  It’s what I had.  You see we are having several friends over this weekend to watch football on Sunday and a couple of them have planned to do dishes they specialize in (you’ll see those recipes in the future), so I bought some of the ingredients and one called for heavy cream.  There is however a fat free cream that side by side tastes almost exactly the same.  I will test that next time.  How awesome would it be of this Apple Cider Pudding was close to being fat free??

I folded in a caramel swirl using the best ever caramel recipe.  Not to sound redundant but it truly is the best tasting caramel you’ve ever eaten and so so easy!  You’ll find the super simple, one ingredient caramel recipe here.  Here’s a hint…sweetened condensed milk.  That is all.

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I started off making a very simple apple cider with cinnamon sticks and powdered cinnamon, all spice, cloves, fresh nutmeg and some vanilla sugar I found. I used a fresh pressed apple juice that is so good alone and simmered and reduced the apple cider recipe before I added it to the cream and sugar. If you don’t have all spice or you don’t like cloves…don’t use them.   If you can’t find fresh pressed apple juice, use what you have!  It’s all up to you!  It really took me probably less than 30 minutes and then I popped it in the fridge to chill before I added toffee chips and swirled it with caramel sauce.  Everyone ate it up.  Jr didn’t even want to wait for it to chill!  That is a successful recipe to me.  And the house screams of Fall.  That’s a huge plus!  Thanks Mom for the inspiration! 🙂

Apple Cider Pudding with a Caramel Swirl and Toffee Chips

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup
  • 2 cups cream, half and half or maybe even whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) Best Ever Caramel
  • 1/2 cup (or more) toffee chips

In a small sauce pan bring apple juice, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, apple pie spice, vanilla sugar and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and bring it to a boil.  Cover and let boil until it’s reduced by half.  Strain.  Whisk together corn starch, 1 3/4 cup sugar and salt and set aside.  In a medium sauce pan, heat 2 cups cream and reduced 1 cup of apple cider until bubbles form on the edges.  Slowly whisk in sugar, salt and corn starch until blended well.  Mixture should be fairly thick.  Place mixture in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled though.  Stir in toffee chips and fold in caramel.  Transfer to individual serving cups and garnish with toffee chips and apple slices.

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Do you love it?  Me, too!!!

What other pudding recipes would you like to see?  Let’s experiment!

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  1. That crock pot was at least 235 years old! Does Mom still have it or did she send it to the Smithsonian? You’re making me miss home. The next time I’m there, you’ve got to make this for me.

    • She has a new one now but I actually think she still uses that old one for the cider. Can you guys get the stuff for apple cider the way mom used to make it? It would be so nice and warm on all those rainy days! I can send you what you need. Been thinking of a few things to send over soon anyway.

  2. Gonna have to check with Nina about the apple cider stuff, i’m not sure what spices we can and can’t get here. I’ll get her to let you know.

  3. Ok. That would be super simple to send over. Y’all let me know.

  4. This looks amazing! I, too, crave apple cider. It reminds me of fall, and I wouldn’t mind too much if fall lasted for half the year.
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog — thought I would return the favor. Lovely site you have here.
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    • Well thank you! I’ll try and pop over from time to time and see what you’re up to!


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