Vanilla Pudding with Caramel Apples: I tweaked our assigned French Fridays with Dorie recipe so that the family would indulge! Vanilla pudding instead of rice pudding was an easy, delicious substitution. Plus I’m sharing the biggest gathering of our group since its inception in Seattle at the International Food Bloggers Conference!
French Fridays with Dorie
My Sunday consisted of taxi rides, airport delays and a late arrival home to Indianapolis. A tough day of travel didn’t diminish the incredible high after attending the International Food Bloggers Convention.
Many of you know I’ve been blogging along with a number of amazing bloggers each Friday…posting recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Around My French Table. Well, this past week, a group of the “Doristas” was honored to meet the warm and genuine Dorie in person and her endearing husband, Michael.
Along with today’s post for Vanilla Pudding with Caramel Apples, I will share the highlights of meeting these dear friends in Seattle.
The fashionable Dorie complimented my tunic and asked for a photo together!
The “Doristas” with Dorie after our breakfast together
With Dorista Trevor who missed our breakfast…
Dorie was chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2013 IFBC…and the wheels started turning amongst our FFwD group. We decided we must meet up. And did we ever.
The charming and gregarious pair, Dorie and Michael, met up with us for cocktails on Thursday night and breakfast on Friday morning, regaling us with stories of their married life and cooking adventures. We were mesmerized by their tales. Plus we had the excitement of meeting each other. Let me briefly run through the crew:
Alice, the young dynamo who even brought her sweet, young children to meet us. Through an email inquiry, she instigated our front and center seating for Dorie’s engaging talk. WTG, Alice!
Susan, another one of our event planners, with whom I connected with immediately after joining this group. As new bloggers we bonded and became dear friends… as her blog name indicates, she creates amazing meals!
Mary, my unofficial adopted sister and another ringleader of this Dorista convergence. She used her ranger experience to herd our easily distracted bunch. We have too much in common not to be related…including the crazy coincidence that her daughter and my youngest sister were high school friends. SMALL world. Our friendship was definitely reinforced and sealed by meeting in person.
Kathy, another adorable baking blogger…sweet as can be and another dear friend from the beginning.
Patty, ever so talented, her blog photos are truly inspirational…and we forged a friendship early on despite her NFL alliances. And she was delightfully fun and funny in person.
Guyla (we finally learned the mystery orientation of her name….you’ll have to visit her blog to ask), another pal from the get-go….and also so warm and friendly.
Betsy, another sweet and bright gal, we bonded early over our husbands’ dislike of any dish off the beaten path (meaning not meat and potatoes). Wonder if Howard liked the rice pudding?
Trevor, the uber-creative blogger, coined the term “Dorista” and has dazzled us with his posts in Haiku. His blog and photography are both top-notch. He was a gem in person, too.
Cher, the laugh inducer with her inventive segues and stories who makes us feel OK about tweaking the recipes to our liking as that is her forte.
Adriana, our young, exotic Puerto Rican friend, who garnered the traveled furthest award was both beautiful and bubbly!
Trish and Nana, the mother-daughter blogging team…their friendship is undeniable…and they were kindness personified.
Michelle and Karen, were not always on my weekly Friday rounds, but after meeting them both, I will remedy that!
14 amazing bloggers. I cannot wait until we meet again.
Vanilla Pudding with Caramel Apples
On to the assigned recipe which was Rice Pudding and Caramel Apples which sounds perfect for the first Friday of autumn, right? On the flight home, I innocently queried, “What do you think about rice pudding?” to the hubby. Yeah, his expression said it all.
So I made an easy vanilla pudding and topped with Dorie’s apples. I have to admit I had trouble with the caramel and ended up draining my apples and boiling the liquid again till it truly caramelized.
Bill and Katie both loved the vanilla pudding…so simple, homey and toothsome (I’ve been wanting to use that adjective from my childhood!). And I was happy to eat their share of caramel glazed apples!
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- A dash of table salt
- 2 1/4 cups whole milk
- 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- Place a mesh strainer over a 4-cup measuring cup or bowl with a spout and set aside.
- Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup of the milk, then the egg yolks and the rest of the milk.
- Cook over medium heat, whisking till the pudding begins to thicken and just starts to bubble. Reduce the heat and stir constantly with a rubber spatula until the mixture thickens, about 3-5 more minutes, making sure to scrape down sides and bottom of pan.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla bean paste until the butter is melted and completely incorporated. Place a strainer over a 4 cup measuring cup and strain the pudding to remove any cooked egg bits. Pour into serving dishes and cover each with plastic wrap. Chill for about 2 hours.
Recipe adapted from Chow.com
Check the Epicurious link below for the apple recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 117mg Sodium: 115mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g