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Brunos' budino al caramello

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 8
Brunos’ budino al caramello
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Caramel custard

1

In a bowl, stir together the cream and milk. In a separate metal bowl or double-boiler insert, whisk together the egg, egg yolks and cornstarch.

2

In a heavy-bottomed pan, combine the water, sugar and salt, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until amber in color (careful not to burn), 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cream and milk mixture, and gently simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.

3

Temper the eggs: Slowly whisk the cream mixture into the eggs to form a custard base. Place the egg base over pan of simmering water (double boiler) and gently cook until the mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon (it should have a warm pudding consistency), 6 to 8 minutes. Whisk in the butter, liqueur and honey.

4

Strain the mixture and pour into 8 glasses. Chill, uncovered, until the custard is set, at least 4 hours.

Chocolate ganache and budino al caramello

1

Bring the cream to a boil and pour over the chopped chocolate, stirring occasionally until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.

2

Before serving, pour a layer (about 2 to 3 tablespoons, you may not use all of the ganache) over each set caramel budino, and top with a dollop of whipped sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts.

Adapted from Brunos Trattoria in Brea.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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