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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!

Vanilla Pudding with Caramel Apples

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” were 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.

Vanilla Pudding with Caramel Apples

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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…

The “Doristas”

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 though 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…like 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 till we meet again.

Vanilla Pudding with Caramel Apples - A winning combination of fruit and pudding!

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!


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  • Recipe adapted from
  • 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


  1. Place a mesh strainer over a 4-cup measuring cup or bowl with a spout and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Total time: 2 1/2 hours, including chilling time

The original rice pudding and caramel apples recipe can be found on Epicurious .


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64 comments on “Vanilla Pudding with Caramel Apples”

  1. Sounds like you had a great trip Liz! You just reminded me that I haven’t had rice pudding in a very long time-yum:@)

  2. What a fun trip you all had. Next time? East coast please!

    And hey, if *I* ate the rice pudding, I think anyone can….. (yours looks lovely)

  3. How fun to meet Dorie and some other Doristas. I dig your tunic too. Oh, and I like rice pudding – your nilla pud looks good.

  4. Jealous to say the least!! Trip of a lifetime? Of course. I agree with your hubby; I like the change to vanilla bean.

  5. Oh, I’m so glad you had a good trip! These look wonderful– I’m a sucker for caramel apples!

  6. Liz, a good trip can really recharge you isn’t it? Oh you look so lovely in that colorful outfit. The caramel apples look mouth watering delicious! I got to try this recipe soon.

  7. Aw so much fun!!! I love this pudding too-a beautiful, delicious, yet simple treat. Mmm

  8. What a great experience, Liz. I always love the opportunity to meet other bloggers and Seattle is such a wonderful city to visit. Personally, I love rice pudding and the apples would be a delicious topping.

  9. It was a pleasure meeting you guys- what a wonderful (and beautiful) bunch you are. Gorgeous pudding!!!

  10. Looks like you’ve got a nice trip. And your ricepudding looks delicious!

  11. You are making me blush! It was so much fun to meet you at the conference. You need to grant me access to your (likely hidden) fashion Pinterest boards. I loved your outfits at the conference. 😉

    Thanks for sharing the vanilla bean pudding recipe. Rice pudding is not my jumping-up-and-down favorite, and it’s nice to have alternatives to enjoy with the apples from the original recipe.

  12. Looks like you all had such a blast! I’ve never made vanilla pudding from scratch. Now I want to! I love all pudding. Why don’t I ever make it?

  13. Wow, what a fabulous trip!
    So envious that you get to meet Dorie!
    The vanilla pudding looks so good!!

  14. What a lovely post! How fun it must have been for you guys to finally meet each other (and Dorie too!). I LOVE how you described each Dorista you met and such a joy to look at the photos and have a glimpse of how you guys look in real life. I wish I could have been there to meet all of you too!
    As for your vanilla pudding, it looks stunning! I’m not a huge fan of rice pudding either, and although I’d still eat it, I decided to make another apple dessert. Glad it worked out for you and your family.
    Bon weekend!

  15. Sounds like it was a great conference & I love the photos!! This a gorgeous looking dessert, Liz!

  16. Hi Liz, it was so weird to know you are just a block away from where I was that weekend! I don’t know what is it but it was very strange to be at the same place and at the same time with people whom I virtually know. At some point I even wanted to walk in the W hotel to see if anyone is around to say Hi.
    I am eager to read more about the Conference! Looks like you’ve had a great time, and even a few sunny days! 🙂
    Your Vanilla pudding is an amazing dessert. Love it! I just realized that I don’t have Dorie’s book! Have a great weekend!

  17. The conference sounds like a lot of fun! Homemade vanilla pudding is one of my favorites and it’s so easy to make. The addition of the apples sounds super yummy!

  18. The conference looked like a lot of fun, lovely post.

  19. Just mouthwatering….looks delicious!

  20. Beautiful pudding, I love the caramel apples!

  21. Looks like you had a great time at the conference. Love the pictures. The rice pudding was delicious. My favorite was the apples. Have a nice weekend.

  22. This pudding is making me swoon, you found my weakness!

  23. Yours looks like it turned out beautiful (even with the caramel issues). So nice meeting you in Seattle!

  24. How awesome that you got to meet Dorie!

  25. I am so excited for your Doristas… that you met her in person!! Amazing!! Love this beautiful and creamy pudding… topped with caramel apples. Sounds divine. 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  26. It sounds like you had a busy but rewarding weekend. How fabulous to meet up with all the other Doristas. I love your dress and you wear it well! Your dessert is so beautifully presented. I love your glasses xx

  27. What a wonderful group of bloggers the Doristas are… I loved your summary of everyone who attended… I personally can’t get enough knowing about this group that was attracted to the amazing Dorie Greenspan.
    And you pulled this dessert together… did you do it before the trip? Wonderful, wonderful… I love the arrangement of the apples on the pudding.

  28. Looks beautiful, Liz! And undoubtedly yummy.

    Lucky you for the requested Dorie photo. Love it!

    Looks like you did indeed have a fantabulous time at the IBFC.

  29. I love your blog, you have some great photos. It was such a fun trip and I enjoyed meeting you.
    When I emptied my luggage onto the kitchen island it looked like Christmas came early. Hubby
    could not believe all the goodies. Your pudding looks delicious, I love the glasses that you
    served it in. Have a great weekend.

  30. Your presentation is absolutely jaw-dropping awesome and the taste sounds even better 😀


  31. Liz, you are not only a Dorista but a fashionista as well! It was such fun to meet you. You have a great sense of humor! The vanilla bean pudding looks and sounds delicious! I like the way you made our recipe work for you and your family!

  32. You forged some great friendships and awesome memories.

  33. Yum, yum, yum! And fun, fun, fun! Your life sounds awesome and good!

  34. Just absolutely beautiful Liz! Those caramel apples really make vanilla pudding an elegant dessert!

  35. So glad you got to meet her! This dessert is such a perfect dessert for this time of year!

  36. You sure had a fantastic time with so many great bloggers in Seattle!
    The pudding with caramelized apple slices look wonderful!

  37. Great looking recipe but, much more important, it looks and sounds like you had the most amazing time!

  38. Gorgeous presentations, Liz.
    you are so pretty! Xxx

  39. Awwww Love your photo with Dorie ! Glad that you had a blast at IFBC 🙂 Your pudding look too pretty for words , sluuuurp lol

  40. You look georgepus like always and love your tunic too!
    and this dessert is delicious, love the shots!

  41. Love your outfit, Liz! You looks stunning~ Beautiful lady with lovely dessert pairing. Wow!

  42. So sorry I missed Seattle. Would love to meet you lovelies one of these days.

  43. Can I say I’m ridiculously jealous I’m not on that list, and not sound like a scorned lover?!?! jaja
    Can’t wait till I meet you all one day! Loved your sentence about Mary the ranger and the easily distracted bunch…! And you do have a way with fruit ‘flowers’ my friend!

  44. How wonderful, Liz, that you got to go! Must have been fun! Yummy dessert too.

  45. I had this one completely to myself as, not only won’t Howard eat rice pudding (surprise), no flavor of pudding would do (except possibly chocolate, but even then, I’m not sure). I’m glad that you could make this work for Bill with vanilla pudding. You summed up our IFBC weekend perfectly. I was great to finally meet you (and everyone else) in person. I’m still smiling about it.

  46. Liz it sounds like you had a blast. What a great treat to meet Dorie and so many of your blogging friends through Dorie’s FFWD. Oh and I liked your tunic as well. How fun!

  47. Your vanilla pudding with caramel apples presented as a rose looks good enough to eat. Although I liked the rice pudding, plain, I prefer the tapioca pudding of my mother’s and your vanilla pudding. I also think apple + caramel + stick is a better combo than putting it on any pudding. Still, I liked making this and would make it again if it was requested. Your reflections on the Seattle Dorista clan is charming as well as astute. It really was wonderful to meet you, Liz. You’re really something. Your parents are fortunate to have the support of all you Weber women. I know Maddy will be happy to see you this week.

  48. It’s so much fun. Glad you all had a great time, it was nice to see your pictures. You look lovely.
    These cups are so good and yummy. You have great ideas for parties.

  49. How fun to meet up with Dorie and some Doristas.

    The apples were the star of this show. And your presentation is lovely.

  50. I hope you enjoyed your visit here in Seattle! How cool that you met Dorie?!? What a treat for a Dorista like you!!

  51. You are one stylin’ lady, Liz! I adored each of your outfits during IFBC (was considering snatching that awesome leather jacket off your back and running away with it, lol). I’m so happy you got to spend all that time with Dorie (and jealous, yes, but mostly happy for you!). The Doristas are an incredible group of people and you all must’ve had such a wonderful time together. This is a lovely pudding and the arrangement of apples on top is beautiful.

  52. This is so luscious and wonderful, Lizzy. What a fun post. I love hearing about some of the friends I made through the Dorie groups. How nice you got to meet everyone-it sounds fantastic!

  53. Oh Liz, we would have been more surprised if you had made the recipe exactly as planned 🙂

    So glad to have met you!

  54. So glad to hear that you had an amazing time and got to meet the fabulous Dorie and Doristas too 🙂 It sounds like you all had an incredible time 🙂 This pudding looks so pretty, love the caramel glazed apples!

  55. Liz, how wonderful that y ou had the chance to meet all these fabulous blogger friends a.k.a. “Doritstas” – such thoughtful resumes about all the lovely participants – unfortunately, Seattle was a bit far away for me…
    Your vanilla pudding with the perfectly arranged caramelized apples looks so temting and wonderfully delicious – I know that the homemade pudding and the apples tasted amazing in that combination!
    Have a wonderful Monday!

  56. That photography is amazing, as usual, and then I was even more impressed to read your lovely recap of the IFBC and your shout out to each Dorista you met. UNBELIEVABLE what you accomplish and you always do so with such accuracy, style and class. You are a rock star and it was so fun to finally meet you in person !!! Yes, I am still on cloud nine from the trip – some conference and some group indeed. Now the pudding – awesome job and awesome pics. Not shocked the whole-ahem- household wasn’t on board but all the more for you !!

  57. I’m glad you had such a great time at the IFBC. Thanks so much for sharing the photos and the run-down of everyone who went! Pretty presentation! I knew that slicing the apples would look better, but I’m such a rules-follower I chopped them anyway.

  58. So happy for you that you got to meet Dorie, and I love that tunic as well! You look great!

  59. It was so much fun to see the Instagram photos, twitter feed, and facebook posts. What a terrific way for the FFWD gang to get together. I’m hoping there will be another opportunity that I can make next year.

    On this lovely dish – the styling is oh so gorgeous, and I want to reach out and grab one of those apples!

  60. Thank you for sharing the highlights of your trip! I have re-created many of your delicious dishes and have never had a “miss”, so I can’t wait to try this pudding. Thank you for sharing these links of your fellow bloggers. I love exploring new food sites. So glad to read you had a wonderful time and that you also made it home safely. Thank you, again, for all that you share. (Definitely love the tunic and the boots.)

  61. Liz!!
    love this post!! all of us were wishing we were in the group of the “Doristas” – at that VIP table! 🙂 Glad you all got to meet! 🙂 Don’t you feel so invigorated after meeting Dorie in person? 🙂 love this post!

  62. Gorgeous dessert! Love how the apples are arranged ontop!

  63. I finally made this pudding and I’m finally going to get to meet Dorie this weekend, too. Still wish I could have joined you all last year. Your presentation is beautiful and I think the next time I make this dish, I’ll take your advice about continuing to cook the caramel a while after removing the apples. Mine was a bit thin.

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