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Coconut Pudding Shooters

It is Recipe Swap time again!  Each month Christianna of Burwell General Store chooses a recipe from a cookbook called 'The Second Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes From Famous Eating Places' which highlights recipes from different regions of the country in 1954.  This month was a dessert called Zabaglione.  This was a new type of dessert to me, so I did a little research as to what exactly it was because the original ingredients include egg yolks, sugar and a proportional amount of alcohol:

I did a lot of googling to find out what the end result would look like...which it turns out, is very similar to a pudding.  I was so curious to see how this recipe would pan out, that I didn't veer too far from the original directions.  So yesterday, I studied the ingredients, got my workout clothes on and went out for a long walk to decide how I would alter the recipe.  And after a lot of deliberating, I decided it needed to have coconut, vanilla and cinnamon.  Malibu!  That could replace all of the wine, sherry and brandy with one fell swoop...and it would be nice and tropical.  I wanted something warming, so cinnamon and vanilla popped into my mind.  And then I could serve it as a warm dessert drink like egg nog.  So I packed up my ingredients and headed over to T's house to try it out on her family and M.

The original recipe says that whipping the ingredients together in a double boiler should result in multiplying the pudding's volume by 4.  But after about 10 minutes of whisking, then using the hand mixer, I handed it over to M.  She did the same whisking and mixing.  No multiplying happened.  So I added 4 Tbsp half and half, with the thought that it would be more like a whipped cream.  But this really didn't add volume, but did make it quite tasty.  So after 20 minutes, I determined it would be a warm liquid mini dessert shot.  So T pulled out the mini wine glasses and we poured the liquid in, topped it with cinnamon and toasted coconut.   

Check out everyone's interpretation of the recipe, by clicking on the links below.  It is so interesting to see how we all spin it...

Coconut Pudding Shooters
Yields 4-6 servings
Adapted from The Second Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes From Famous Eating Places

This warm drink is a great ending to a nice warm winter meal.  Feel free to swap out the alcohol with a different variety like spiced rum, whiskey or wine.  The egg yolks and sugar are basically a vehicle for any flavor you may be craving. 

3 egg yolks
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
3 1/2 oz Malibu coconut rum
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp half and half
Ground cinnamon
Shredded coconut (for garnish)

Preheat oven on broil.  On a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle enough shredded coconut to garnish the dessert.  Broil for just a few minutes until the coconut is toasted.  Remove and set aside.

Combine the egg yolks, sugar, rum, vanilla, half and half and a sprinkle of cinnamon in the bowl of a double boiler.  Heat the double boiler until the water is a light boil.  Whip continuously until the mixture becomes frothy.    Remove and pour into small shot glasses or miniature wine glasses.  Sprinkle with the toasted coconut and a dusting of cinnamon.  Serve as a warm dessert drink, or refrigerate and serve as a small dessert pudding.


Toni from Boulder Locavore said...

Alli! Don't you love those recipe attempts where the steps never go as planned and you need to quickly 'correct course' to your vision?! I think it really speaks to your kitchen skills to get from where you started to such a fun end result! Love it.

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

Nice save...seems maybe shooters were meant to be!

Mine did not get as thick as I had expected;I had to incorporate another egg yolk to get it to get thick enough to be considered a sauce. Next time I'll know what to do!

Julia said...

I went for a run Saturday morning and during my run is when I decided on the flavors I'd use, that's funny we both needed a little workout to get our brains thinking! I absolutely love that you used malibu and coconut flavors!

alex said...

Nice work Alli! I love how you turned lemons into to speak!

Burwell General Store said...

Nice save, Alli! I am remembering my potato hockey puck fail a few months back... I didn't have near the deliciousness to show for the recipe swap. So glad you're a part of this! I always enjoy reading your blog.

The Cozy Herbivore said...

Oh yum! I love the idea of adding coconut, and by gosh, the Malibu rum!! These look decadent and delicious!

Rachel said...

Huh, I wonder why it didn't increase in volume? One of those mysteries of culinary science, I guess. I love the flavors you used in your zabaglione! Going for a walk to think about how you'd tweak the recipe sounds like a good plan. I end up thinking about these thigns at the oddest times!

Claire said...

Think it is a good thing things didn't go quite to plan - these look amazing - Coconut YUM Cx

Kim Bee said...

I am so impressed with your save on this one. I would have been in a panic. I have to say I am a coconut junkie so this appeals to me big time.

monique said...

There is no such thing as failure, a better idea is always just a shot glass away! Great idea, I did pudding shots a while back, but I'll bet this is a great base!! Super Swap!

PolaM said...

Zabaglione can be rather tricky! Too hot and you get scrambled eggs, too cold and nothing really happens.... Well your shooters look faboulus all the same!

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, a warm dessert shot topped with coconut? That sounds like success to me. Nice save!

Camilla ~ Caffay Way said...

That is so funny - i had a similar experience with my post... I whipped and whipped the "whipping creme" and nothing happened! We had had a few glasses of wine by the time I made my Zabaglione... so blame it on that. But what I was trying to whip up was fat free half and half.
Your shooters look delish!

Jacqueline - The Dusty Baker said...

Love these. I totally reinvent sometimes as I go along. And these seem like the perfect summer cocktail for the winter!

Ivona Poyntz said...

The coconut pudding shooters look sublime: with summer coming they will make great treats for friends.

Alli Shircliff said...

Thanks Ivona,

That is a great idea to make them for summer bbq!