My dad used to make this dessert often but without the caramel when we were residing in the Gulf. I still remember our fridge which would be stocked with an array of pudding cups filled with the delicious custards. So when I asked my dad to make pudding when he came to Chennai this time, he got store bought custard powder and whipped this in minutes. Since then the custard powder is remaining idle in my fridge. Last weekend during my cleaning session, I saw the packet and checked the expiry date. Only a few months were left and I was thinking to ask my dad to make this dessert when he comes here.
Yesterday huss asked me to make some dessert and I grabbed this packet. So rather than making a simple pudding, I just topped it off with caramel. The result, It was too good and I have been asked to make this again. But yeah, I am looking for another topping. So onto the recipe.
Milk - 1 1/4 cups
Sugar - 3 tablespoons
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Custard powder - 2 tbsp
For the caramel
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Water -1 tbsp
Ramekins - 3
Lets make the caramel first.
In a pan, add the sugar and water and rotate the pan without stirring. After few mins, the mixture will start to boil and brown. Keep on rotating. The entire the liquid will start to turn a golden brown color. When the desired color is attained, off the stove and pour the caramel into ramekins before it starts to harden. Be careful. Donot touch the caramel as ur skin may get burnt. If touched, place ur skin under flowing cool water.
Now to the custard. Take some milk from the mentioned quantity and mix the custard powder without forming any lumps. Bring the sugar and milk to boil and add the custard liquid. Stir for 3 mins. The custard will start to thicken. Remove the pan.
Pour the mixture into the ramekins. Allow it to cool to room temperature. When done, refrigerate atleast for 8 hrs or firm in the sides and wobbly in the centre.
When serving, turn it on a plate and top it with fruits/ chocolate sprinkles or anything of ur choice. Caramel custards are delicious on their own also...