Storified by Arya McLean· Wed, Apr 10 2013 17:50:41
Creamy and silky, milk pudding makes a luscious breakfast or simple and elegant dessert. All you need to make a delicious milk pudding are milk, sugar, gelatin, eggs, and pure vanilla extract. This dish can be enjoyed on its own or topped with fresh fruits, garnished with mint, or sprinkled with corn flakes, nuts or cereals. A light and delicate treat, this makes the morning extra special and also makes a light and sumptuous dessert to end a special night.
You can turn this very simple gourmet cooking recipe to a more elaborate piece by adding colors, flavors and textures. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries make a romantic and vibrant topping to milk pudding. You can also use all three in one pudding to make a lovely red fruit medley. Top the fruits with a rich chocolate sauce for a surefire aphrodisiac delight. For breakfast, bananas or coconut shavings make a memorable garnish to this recipe. You can also top the milk pudding with chocolate shavings for an elegant contrast and indulgent flavor. If you want a healthier or more nutritious dessert, sprinkle some cornflakes and raisins or cranberries and top with some plain or flavored yogurt.
Chocolate, caramel or fudge syrup all makes potentially exquisite toppings to this milk pudding recipe. A healthier version of ice cream sundae, you can dress up milk pudding in a similar fashion and serve them in tiny bowls or stylish glasses complete with a cherry on top. Milk pudding also makes a nutritious snack for kids. This is also a great dish to bring to a potluck as many people are fond of milk pudding. You can also play with this recipe using almond extract or lemon extract instead of vanilla extract. Before adding the eggs to the milk, it should be beaten well until smooth to make a creamy pudding.