Caramel Latte Pudding

I think we are all familiar with those popular coffee drinks out there. I love coffee. I love a good latte….steamed milk and good strong espresso. I love those caramel machiatto drinks too!!! Oh, yes I do! So, a friend of mine came over the other night and since she loves coffee too, I thought I would make her a nice little coffee treat…..coffee pudding. Not just coffee pudding, but coffee pudding with whip cream and crunchy little bits of caramel on top. Yes, crunchy caramel, like the kind you find on crème brulee. OMG, right? It’s creamy, not too sweet and it’s not a real heavy dessert. Now, I use espresso powder in this recipe, but you can use instant coffee. That works too. Mm-m-m-mmmm. This dessert is really pretty served in a nice little
coffee cup. Yep, sure is.

espressopwder      coffee custard   coffee custard2   Caramel Latte Pudding

2  cups of milk or half and half
1  tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons of instant coffee or espresso powder

In a saucepan, mix together the sugar, cornstarch, espresso powder and yolks, till smooth. Place saucepan over low heat and slowly add the milk and whisk together. Continue whisking until mixture starts to boil. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, pour into your cute little cups or bowls. Chill for several hours. Top with whipped cream and crunchy caramel pieces.
Crunchy Caramel
If you have a kitchen torch (don’t break out the welders torch please), place a thin layer of sugar on a piece of foil. Torch till sugar is amber colored and bubbly. Allow to set just till hard and remove from foil. Break into pretty little pieces.
If you don’t have a torch, you can place the sugar on some foil on a heat proof pan, and place under broiler. WATCH CAREFULLY, AS IT WILL BURN QUICKLY.

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