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The headlines these days can be… shall we say, a little dreary? Well today we are brightening things up and have some tasty news to share. About something sweet, something summery, something featuring fresh seasonal peaches and dollops of whipped cream. It’s a cloud in a cup, easy to make, and newsworthy-delicious!
This is exactly like classic southern banana pudding, except we replaced the bananas with peaches. We were shocked by how few results appeared when searching for peach pudding online. If anyone can explain why this heavenly combo isn’t as well-known as its close relative, we would love to know. It’s just as dreamy, and the tart peaches combined with sweet vanilla custard gives the banana version a run for its money. Speaking of running, you’ll want to sprint to your local farmer’s market and pick up some fresh fruit for this peachy twist on the southern classic that tastes like a peach vanilla dream.
This smooth and creamy dessert is prepped in just minutes. The custard cooks in one pan, then is poured into bowls lined with vanilla wafer cookies and chopped peaches, and chills in the fridge until pudding o’clock. Once you make the whipped cream, you are just moments away from peach paradise. We are excited to partner with Le Creuset for this post—they sent us the Craft Series Kitchen Tools 5 Piece Utensil Set with Crock which is available in a rainbow of colors and is perfect for all your cooking and entertaining needs! Since they are heat resistant up to 500°F, we used the Craft Series Spatula Spoon to stir and scrape every last bit of custard out of the pan.
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Southern Peach Pudding
For the custard:
3/4 cup (149g) granulated sugar
5 large egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (32g) cornstarch
3 cups (710ml) milk of any kind
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
about 30 vanilla wafer cookies, plus more if needed
3 peaches, peeled and diced (see note), plus additional unpeeled peach slices for garnish
For the whipped cream:
1 cup (237ml) heavy cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the pudding:
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar egg yolks, salt, cornstarch, and milk, and whisk to combine and dissolve the sugar. Set the pan over medium heat, and use a wooden spoon to stir frequently as you bring the mixture to a boil. When boiling, lower heat to a simmer and continue stirring until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the vanilla extract. Set aside to cool briefly.
Gather the dessert serving bowls, and line the bottom and sides of each one with vanilla wafer cookies. Place diced peaches in the middle, using about half a peach per bowl. Pour the warm pudding over the peaches and cookies, filling each bowl evenly. Cover the bowls with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, 2 to 4 hours.
To make the whipped cream:
First, chill a mixing bowl and beaters by placing them in the freezer for at least 5 minutes. When cold, remove them from the freezer and pour the cream, sugar, and vanilla into the bowl. Mix on high speed until the cream holds soft peaks when the beaters are lifted.
Uncover the bowls of pudding, and top each one with dollops of whipped cream. Garnish with thin peach slices, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
— To peel the peaches, first fill a medium saucepan with 4 to 5 inches of water. Bring to a boil, and meanwhile fill a large bowl with ice water. When the water is boiling, drop a peach in carefully, and cook for 30 seconds. Lift it out of the water with a slotted spoon, and immediately transfer it to the bowl of ice water for 30 seconds, then remove. Repeat with the remaining peaches. The skin should slip off easily, leaving you with perfectly peeled fruit.
— Instead of individual servings, this dish can also be made as one large pudding, assembled in the same way: line a large bowl with cookies, spread the peaches over them, then pour over the pudding and chill as directed above. Once chilled, spread the whipped cream on top, and garnish with peach slices.