Nap time = Bake time

So, what happens when Kidlets won’t nap? Nothing. No baking. No knitting. Nothing. Lately getting my kids to nap is like being happy that you fell into a storm drain with the gutter cats- not going to happen, not happy. I have two kids that NEED naps to function. Heck, I could probably use a nap to function better. So, around 4pm there is lots of screaming, crying and that flailing around like a fish out of water thing that kids do when they are mad.

I’m being forced to bake while they are standing next to me repeating ‘Mommy’ over and over again for the entire duration of bake time. Fun because they help, exhausting because I’ve said, “What?” 4, 738 times. Have you ever said a word so many times that you forgot what it meant?

It’s like saying your name over and over again that after the 300th time you say it, you forgot that it is your name. “Cait? Who is that?” “What? What’s that?” (I know, in order to question the word What? you actually have to use the word in question, haha). I think it’s funny what you can trick your brain into. As a stay at home mom there have been many early mornings where I have thrown on sweatpants for several days in a row, but the third day in sweatpants, I just feel yucky. I think my brain translates sweatpants as sickpants and makes me feel blah. When I have jeans on, even if I’m just wearing a t-shirt (outfit of choice, jeans and a t-shirt) I feel so much better.

Now I’ve gone completely off course.

Um…what was I saying?

Well, I was going to make chocolate crinkle cookies (and I still will…), but my kids were begging for “The Butter” (A.K.A Peanut butter, every word in the english language according to my oldest starts with “The”. New England is “The” England. Rhode Island is “The” Island). So I made pudding. A far cry from crinkle cookies, but delicious all the same.

With that, I will tell you, pudding needs a thickening agent. Something like…cornstarch. I had none. I do, however, have something better, Tapioca Flour. I have found that TF thickens much better than cornstarch, but really, either can be used in a 1:1 ratio. I know Peanut Butter pudding might sound weird, but it’s seriously yummy. The Peanut butter should be natural peanut/salt and mixed if the oil has risen to the top. You can switch out the peanut butter for almond butter or any other nut butter, keeping in mind that it should only be nut/salt.

Peanut Butter-Milk Chocolate Puddings

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Ingredients:

Peanut butter pudding:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

5 teaspoons of cornstarch/tapioca flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cup whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Pudding:

6 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons cornstarch/tapioca flour

2 Tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 ounces chopped milk chocolate (something like Giradelli)

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the peanut butter pudding:

Whisk the first 3 ingredients together in a large saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and then cream. Whisk over medium heat until it starts to boil, whisking constantly. Whisk in Peanut Butter, boil until thick again. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide among six 1 cup glasses or dishes. Chill while preparing chocolate pudding.

For the Chocolate pudding:

Whisk first 4 ingredients in large saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk, then cream. Whisk over medium heat until boil. Boil until thick. Add chocolate, boil until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let sit 5 minutes. Spoon over peanut butter and chill for 2 hours. Top with whipped cream.

Yeah, that’s it! Homemade pudding! And it is beyond delicious. The peanut butter flavor is just amazing.

I had this stupid idea to put the pudding in a wine glass. I thought it would look better than it did.

Did not look as I anticipated it to, but at least it was yummy.

I made little cups for my kids, set them up at the table, went to go clean up the dishes. I turned around to see how they were doing and my youngest had turned into chocolate-PB pudding. Head.To.Toe. in pudding. Crazy little monkey. I’ve always wondering how on earth it’s possible to make that big of a mess. How does she miss her mouth? I’ve seen her eat, she manages to get other stuff in her mouth, but pudding and yogurt? How does it end up everywhere but in her mouth? It’s so strange.

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