Toffee Butterscotch & Tapioca Pudding

Every month I get a little surprise in the mail, Cuisine at Home magazine, courtesy of my dearest Lisa who got me a subscription for my birthday last year. I am usually very bad with food magazines, letting them pile up on the bed stand until they become one with the floor…not good. This one is a no fuss-no muss kind of magazine and their dessert recipes are always so mouth watering…it is difficult to resist!!

I was wondering why the postman was taking a break by our mailbox and I went to check on things, he was reading my magazine and looked up at me with a big smile on his face. “You have got to make this” he said, pointing at the Toffee-Butterscotch Pudding in the latest edition. I had to agree that it looked mouth watering, and it had two of my favorites Heath Toffee Bar and tapioca. I am addicted to the toffee bar and crumble it up on top of everything lately such as cakes, cookies and my afternoon yogurt. Over the past year I have become quite fond of tapioca puddings, creams and bubble teas, nutritious and filling, it is as versatile as rice for puddings.

The recipe was very easy and straightforward, but if course I had to make it richer by adding a small handful of toffee bits inside the pudding. I used the same 8 ounce preserving jars that I used previously for chocolate pots de creme, that way I could take one down to the mailman the next time he came. It’s like a sweet surprise as you dig your spoon into it! I don’t eat candy that often so this is like a candy addiction to me which is a good thing actually because I am sending this off to Candy Recaper as my entry to Sugar High Friday.

Toffee Butterscotch Tapioca Pudding, adapted from Cuisine at Home:

Serves 4

1 can evaporated milk
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup whole milk
3 Tb instant tapioca
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
3 Tb. unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup tofffe bits (such as Heath)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. sugar
toffee bits for garnish

Warm the evaporated milk in a saucepan until it comes to boiling point. Reduce the heat to low and keep it warm. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, milk, tapioca and salt. Let stand 5 minutes.
Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat, add the brown sugar and cook until the sugar melts and starts to foam, about 4 minutes.
Slowly whisk in the warm evaporated milk, stirring until smooth. Be careful as it will bubble like mad.
Add the tapioca mixture and bring the pudding to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring constantly for an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove form the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Pour half the pudding among 4 serving dishes, divide the toffee bits evenly on top, pour the remaining half of pudding. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it to the surface as to prevent a ski from forming. Let stand or chill until serving time. Whip the heavy cream to soft peaks with the sugar and garnish the puddings with it. Garnish with more toffee bits.





43 responses to “Toffee Butterscotch & Tapioca Pudding”

  1. JEP Avatar

    I have been extra hungry for a good homemade butterscotch pudding & seeing your recipe that combines my beloved tapioca & toffee…wow, I know this will work for me! Good choice for the SHF!

  2. Brilynn Avatar

    Your mailman has good taste! I wouldn’t mind one of those either.

    And congrats on winning Artisan Bread in 5 from Jaden… I’m so jealous! I’ve already made the Nutella Challah that she posted and if that recipe is any indication of what the rest of the book is like, you’re going to love it!

  3. Susan @ SGCC Avatar
    Susan @ SGCC

    Another winner! I have been really craving butterscotch pudding lately too. I will have to try this.

    By the way, come see me. I left something for you on my latest post.

  4. Peabody Avatar

    That looks amazing. I love all things toffee so I am quite jealous of your mailman right about now.

  5. Truffle Avatar

    What a nice postman you have! Looks like a really lovely, comforting pudding. Great choice and beautifully presented!

  6. MyKitchenInHalfCups Avatar

    Now that’s when I lust after the postman’s job!! I really have got to try this as Gorn & I both love tapioca (and maybe we like heath bars a little) even with all your rich stuff in there.

  7. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Avatar
    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    I too have a mailman who’s always asking about what I’m cooking. When we first moved to this house and he saw all of the cooking magazines arriving in my mailbox, he asked me what I do. When I told him, he began to give me all sorts of recipe ideas and restaurant recommendations!

  8. glamah16 Avatar

    Your so nice to have treats for the mailman! Butterscotch is sounding good right now. Very creative what you did for this event. I was stumped to incorporate a candy into a already sweet dessert. But this sounds lovely.

  9. Emily Avatar

    That is a beautiful pudding. I like tapioca, but I know some people are weird about the texture.
    My mom used to pack me those little pudding cups in my lunch for school.

  10. Anonymous Avatar

    The serendipity of life continues to amaze me – Cuisine at Home is one of my favorite magazines, and I just made some Salmon Cakes (fantastic) from 2003 issue. And I’m addicted to toffee, and recently made some blondies with toffee bits in them. Well, some toffee made it into the blondies! I will have to try this tapioca recipe ASAP!

  11. Jen Yu Avatar
    Jen Yu

    That is just so sweet (literally and figuratively)! Lucky postman. I’m a huge fan of buttery creamy desserts – this sounds amazing. You and Peabody must be conspiring to tempt me between your two blogs ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Ranni Avatar

    I saw this and just had to make it last night. It. Was. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Anonymous Avatar

    Cheeky mailman ๐Ÿ˜‰ Delicious pudding! Your mailman will be very happy receiving this.
    I don’t know the Heath toffee bar but if it’s anything like Daim I’d me hooked…

  14. pam Avatar

    The pudding looks great. I love the idea of using the perserve jars, I have tons of them and would have never thought of that!

  15. Bron Avatar

    Anything with toffee definitely gets my vote! I inherited my Pop’s genes there, he adored toffees and caramels and would have loved this especially being deliciously toffee and easily eaten with gums…me think he had too many toffees, hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Annemarie Avatar

    I love that your postman is giving you recipe advice. I only hope you were kind enough to share with him when he next did his rounds. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Unknown Avatar

    I was just peering at my unused tapioca and heath bits on top of my fridge this morning thinking, hmm, how can I use those together! Seeing this recipe on your lovely blog makes me wonder if there’s some telekinesis in the air — thanks for the great post; I’ll surely be making this soon!

  18. Veron Avatar

    I love tapioca pudding. I miss it so much , I don’t know why I don’t try to make it. this looks utterly delicious!

  19. Anonymous Avatar

    If i had a toffee bar i would even crumble it on steak… Okay maybe not but that’s how much i love the stuff!
    I bet this is really good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Tapioca, butterscotch, toffee…that’s like music to my ears! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Chris Avatar

    I think I hear this calling to me…that forceful whisper…Chris! Chris! ๐Ÿ™‚ Is pudding like this even allowed on Sundays? Wait – you posted it yesterday… okay then! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Rasa Malaysia Avatar
    Rasa Malaysia

    Hah, I just came home from Borders and was just wondering should I get the Cuisine At Home magazine…I agree with you, everything in the mag are irrestible!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Mallow Avatar

    So gorgeous – I have been craving pudding lately (unusual for me), and butterscotch is next on my list of flavors to try.

  23. Lis Avatar

    Sounds heavenly! I haven’t even had a chance to go throught that issue yet. sheesh! ๐Ÿ˜€


  24. Big Boys Oven Avatar
    Big Boys Oven

    this look so nice! yum yum yummy! feel like liking it!

  25. Steph Avatar

    I love pudding! It reminds me of my childhood days, too bad mine never looked as good as this!!

  26. RecipeGirl Avatar

    WOW, this does look like something that I MUST try!

  27. Anonymous Avatar

    what a super idea–those little mason jars are perfect for portable pot de creme!

    jeanne bee

  28. Anonymous Avatar

    “Toffee” “Butterscotch”

    Instant ‘yes’! Looks amazing, Helen.

  29. Susan from Food Blogga Avatar
    Susan from Food Blogga

    Oh, my, these are divine.

  30. Jenny Avatar

    Mmmmmm yummy.

  31. Cookie baker Lynn Avatar
    Cookie baker Lynn

    So cute in the little canning jars! I’ll bet you never have a problem with getting the wrong mail when you treat your mailman so well.

  32. Anonymous Avatar

    Toffee and butterscotch AND tapioca? I think you’re trying to kill me because it sounds sooo good ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. LizNoVeggieGirl Avatar

    Toffee AND butterscotch?!?!! Helen, you spoil me with your tantalizing flavor combinations!! such a lovely, decadent combination for this latest dessert of yours!!

    I too get Cuisine at Home, well, at home (haha) in the mail!! I love it!!

  34. Emma Nowell Avatar
    Emma Nowell

    advice from the mail man I love it! SO this new blogger needs some advice… I am posting an entry for SHF and was wondering how… it seems like you just post it on your blog whenever you’re ready and then send in the link and your info by the deadline? Some direction would be most helpful. Thanks!

  35. Katy Avatar

    i am bookmarking this, because honestly, i can’t imagine a dessert i would like more! it’s as if you somehow figured out my secret dessert fantasies and translated them into an actual recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. steph- whisk/spoon Avatar
    steph- whisk/spoon

    oh brother, does that look amazing!! i am a sucker for butterscotch, and i bet your postman was psyched!

  37. Deborah Avatar

    I’m not a tapioca fan, but I’m sure that this would convert me!

  38. Anonymous Avatar

    Your mailman cracks me up ๐Ÿ™‚

    What a delicious pudding…I can only imagine how wonderful that is.

  39. Jaime Avatar

    oh my! i love toffee! i am going to have to try this!

  40. Allen Avatar

    I love Heath bars, so this is right up my alley. I can only assume that your mailman does everything he can to make sure you receive your mail on time and in good condition — what an incentive!

  41. Anonymous Avatar

    I’m glad the round-up is out because I missed this. I love it that your postman is involved in your cooking life! Amazing-looking pudding!

  42. Melanie Avatar

    I made this delicious pudding tonight and it was a hit with my family. The tapioca and Heath bar added a whole different dimension to regular ol’ butterscotch pudding. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  43. CC11 Avatar

    Just tried these out – really yummy and quick to make

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