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butterscotch budino

Butterscotch Budino

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  • Author: Rosana
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4


A creamy custard-like layered dessert with a hint of dark rum and a salted caramel topping. The perfect make-ahead dessert for two!


For the budino

  • 3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp dark rum
  • Flaky sea salt (for serving)

For the caramel sauce

  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp tsp vanilla extract


  • Whipped Cream (optional)


For the Budino:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk and heavy cream. In a medium pot over medium heat, mix in the brown sugar, water and salt.
  2. Cook until sugar is melted and smells caramelized (color should be dark brown), around 10-12 minutes. Next, add in the cream mixture and whisk until it begins to boil.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and cornstarch. Slowly, add one cup at a time of the butterscotch mix. Continue whisking and adding the rest of the mix until you get a thick custard-like texture.
  4. If using rum, remove the mixture from the heat and whisk it in. Strain the custard using a mesh strainer and divide among 4 serving cups (glass preferred). Cover with lid and refrigerate.

For the Caramel Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the heavy cream and vanilla and bring to a simmer. Add in the butter and turn off the heat while it melts. Set aside.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, heavy cream and butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Whisk in the vanilla and cook for another 2 minutes. Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. Top each budino with 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a pinch of sea salt flakes.


This recipe is slightly adapted from Food52 Genius Desserts, from Pizzeria Mozza

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian