Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Grape-nut Pudding ala ANNIE

This was my first attempt at Grape-nut Pudding and even though I never made it before, I decided to put my own spin on it. (That's just how I am)

The Recipe:
1/2 Cup of Grape-nuts
2 1/2 Cups of warm Milk (I used fat free Simply Smart)
3 Eggs
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/3 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Raisins
1/4 Cup of Cranberries
1/4 Cup of toasted Walnuts
3 Tablespoons of unsweetened Coconut
Dash of Nutmeg

Soak the grape-nuts in the milk for 10 minutes. Mix all other ingredients except Nutmeg until well incorporated. Mix in the grape-nuts and milk. Pour into a buttered oven safe casserole. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Place the casserole in a large pan filled half way with water. Bake for about 1 hour or until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the center. Mix twice during the first 1/2 hour of cooking (optional).

After making this recipe, I've decided that I am going to make pudding more often.
1. Because it uses up my milk which I usually end up pouring 1/2 a carton down the drain at the end of the week.
2. Pudding is a good source of calcium and by using the fat free Simply Smart Milk, it's lower in fat. And in this case I'm getting a serving of fruit, fiber from the grape-nuts, and omega fatty oil from the walnuts. Actually even the coconut has some nutritional value.
3. I don't feel as guilty eating a dessert that is good for me.
4. Because I like it!

What is your favorite pudding recipe?


The Cookbook Junkie said...

Grape-nut pudding? Is that regional? I've never heard of it. Hershey's makes Grape-nut ice cream.

I don't make pudding because it's a low-willpower food for me. And I like it with whipped cream, cool whip or mixed with sour cream, making it even 'worse' for me. I buy the little cups for portion control.

I do have a recipe on my to-make list that I actually forgot about until just this second - it's a chocolate malt pudding. I haven't made it because I don't have the proper ramekins. It doesn't require special ramekins, I just don't want to make it until I have some nice ones.

Annie said...

Well I'm in Rhode Island but I'm not sure if it is a regional thing. It is made from Post brand Grape-nut Cereal.

EJL said...

yeah , I think I like mine with milk and sugar...pudding, not for me.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like it might be a regional thing. My in-laws are as formyself from RI and I got the recipe from my mother in-law. It got me through my pregnancy. I do not suggest any foreign objects, such as fruit and such. It is fine the way it is. By the way the ice cream is the bomb!!!