walt's favorite fluffy pudding

My grandparents (on my mother's side) were farmers.  I loved going to the farm as a kid - endles possibilites for fun and adventure!  My grandmother would pick me up every Sunday for church and I'd go back to her house for lunch and games and whatever the day would hold.  I loved those Sundays.  She would plant me at the kitchen table, I would draw while she would cook up something delicious for the fam.  I loved her food - it was simple and exactly what you'd want in a home cooked meal! For some reason I have been craving the fluffy pudding she would make for my grandfather - he ate it every day for breakfast.  So this morning I dug out the church cookbook and whipped up a batch.  It does not taste anything like store-bought pudding, it's light and savory, not at all sweet. It's almost like a mild flavored custard.  I like to use it a as a base and couple it with granola and brown sugar or throw in a little cinnamon and pecans or maple syrup and walnuts.  Anyway .. it's made for a great start to my Sunday!

Here's the recipe should you wish to give it a try.

4 3/4 c. milk (my grandmother used powdered milk 1 3/4c. with 4 3/4c cold water) 7/8 c. flour (or 4 heaping tablespoon fulls) 2/3 c. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 3 eggs (separated) 1/2c. cold water 1 tsp vanilla (you could also use vanilla bean paste if you want those cute little vanilla specs)

Heat the milk over medium heat in large saucepan.  Mix flour, sugar and salt in small bowl.  Blend egg yolks and 1/2 c. cold water.  Add to dry ingredients; mix well.  Pour egg mixture into warm milk over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Cook until thickened and smooth (5-10min).  Remove from heat.  Beat egg whites until stiff; add vanilla.  Fold into pudding mixture.  Let set to cool before serving.  Can be stored in covered bowl in refrigerator for several days.  This is makes a LARGE bowl full.