yum, yum, YUM

I am always looking for ways to lure my kids away from artificial colors....including yucky popsicles...and tried this recipe. It is awesome!! I actually made the pudding and served it with "Pflaumenkompott", since my neighbor has a very abundant plum tree ;). Then I took the rest and made pops.

Vanilla Pudding Pops
3 cups milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp cornstarch
small pinch salt
2 tsp vanilla paste


In a medium sauce pan, heat 2 1/2 cups milk and sugar over medium heat, whisking to dissolve sugar. Bring just to a simmer. You will see steam coming from the milk, but no bubbles.
Meanwhile, whisk together remaining 1/2 cup milk, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl. When the milk/sugar mixture comes to a simmer, whisk in the cornstarch mixture.
Whisking frequently, continue to cook for several minutes, until pudding comes to a simmer and begins to thicken (I generally cook it for about 1 more minute at this point, but it depends on the heat of your stove). It should thickly coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla paste (vanilla extract with beans suspended in it; plain extract is fine).
Pour into clean popsicle molds and transfer to freezer.
Freeze until solid, or overnight.

Makes about 8, depending on the size of popsicle molds.
(This recipe can be halved.)

Pflaumenkompott

Wash and pit your plums...cover with sugar and let sit for about an hour. Then bring to a boil until the plum break down. Add a little cornstarch if you like a thicker consistancy, otherwise, ENJOY!! Tastes great on its own or over pudding.

Vanilla recipe found at
http://bakingsheet.blogspot.com/2006/05/cooking-school-nostalgia-and-pudding.html