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Becca’s Book, Serial #15 and Grammy’s Swedish Cream

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Some of life’s greatest pleasures are also its simplest and subtlest (I think that’s a word) and oldest (I know that is).

Now I could be talking about a lot of things, but seeing as this is a blog titled “Reading and Recipes” I’m probably talking about either a story or a recipe. And, come to think of it, I guess I’m talking about both.

But I started out talking about this week’s recipe. So let me finish what I started before moving on to the story.

There are lots of showstopper desserts out there, knock your socks off (who ever thought of that saying?) rich or tangy or decadent treats–an infinite array. And some of those desserts have made it onto this blog. But when it comes down to simple pleasure and elemental satisfaction, I’ll take this Swedish Cream over any of that glitz and fanfare. First of all, it’s EASY to make, all from ingredients most of us have in our kitchen right now. Secondly, both its flavor and texture are delicate and light, seem to hearken back to a simpler era.

And that’s the best part–it does hearken back to a simpler era! Handed down from great-great-grandma (cooking on a wood-fueled stove) to great-grandma to grandma to dad (how’d he get in the mix?), this is surely the oldest authentic recipe on this website (we even had to change the butter amount from “butter the size of a hickory nut” to “one tablespoon of butter”–but feel free to put in a scoop of butter the size of a hickory nut if you can find a hickory nut somewhere). So let’s just call it Grammy’s Swedish Cream and smile as we nod agreement–some of life’s greatest pleasures are its simplest and subtlest and oldest.

And the same can be said of our serialized story, Becca’s Book, as it nears its conclusion. There’s just one more serial after this one–check it out on Thanksgiving Day (if we’re not too stuffed to get off the couch and post it). Becca’s Book is an old-fashioned romance written as a memoir–no glitz, no original style or shocking plot twists or surprise endings: just a love story, plain and simple. But maybe life’s greatest pleasures are found in its simplest gifts with this story also. Take a look or listen by clicking the links below the cover to see if you agree.

swedish cream

Grammy’s Swedish Cream

2 cups whole milk

3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch

pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)

2 egg yolks

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

cooked pudding

Add the whole milk, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks to a heavy sauce pan. Whisk the ingredients together. Slowly heat the ingredients oven medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and begins to simmer. Remove the thickened pudding from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla until fully incorporated. Pour the pudding into serving cups. Cover* the pudding and place in refrigerator to chill. Serve pudding cold as is or with fruit, cookies, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or other garnishes.

*If you don’t want the pudding to develop a skin, place plastic wrap directly on pudding surface.

Makes 2-4 servings.

caramel swedish cream

{With a drizzle of caramel sauce. Yum!}

To view or download Becca’s Book in its entirety (and for free!) click on the cover.

To listen to or view Serial #15, click on the audio or the text link below the cover.

Enjoy! 

Becca's Book cover

Becca’s Book, Serial #15, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Becca’s Book, Serial #15, text © Jeffrey Anderson

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