I have decided to make my first posting about Pudim. This was one of the first Brazilian Food experiences I ever had and it was about 6 years ago while still living in the United States that I first tasted it. My husband attempted to make it, and while it didn't turn out correctly, I still thought it was absolutely delicious!
Pudim, pronounced (poo-gene), is not pudding; despite what it might sound like. It can best be described as a Brazilian version of Flan. The difference is that Pudim does not use gelatin and it is much more like a stiff custard. Pudim is probably the most commonly eaten dessert after basic cakes and Brigadeiro (recipe soon to come) in Brazil, and it is inexpensive and quite simple to make. There are several varieties of it, from Chocolate or Brigadeiro flavored Pudim, to a cooking sheet baked type of Pudim called Pudim de Pao... or Bread Pudim... which is nothing like the Bread pudding it might make you think of. Anyway, to the recipe.
The ingredients are basic and as follows:
- 1 can of condensed milk (NOT EVAPORATED.. big difference!)
- Whole milk - just use the empty can of condensed milk and fill it once with milk. That's how much you need.
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- Small to medium Bundt cake pan preferrably one that is flat on the bottom without all of those fancy ridges (the crystalized sugar will get stuck in them-- which is ok-- but you won't have as much delicious sugary syrup to eat with your Pudim), that holds about 2 liters. If you do not have these things... you can still make pudim, but you will need to use a pan that holds about 2 liters, and is not too deep or too shallow. You decide.
- Pan larger in width that the bundt pan that can be used as a bath to submerge part of the pudim pan in.