The Speckled Palate
February 16, 2015

#OscarNomsParty: Butterscotch Pudding + Giveaway

Butterscotch Pudding // @speckledpalate

I’m so excited to be participating in the #OscarNomsParty today with several of my blog friends. We’ve all made recipes inspired by films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, and we’re hosting a pretty sweet giveaway! More information on that in a bit, as well as our wonderfully decadent menu, too.

Real talk: I’m nowhere near as good about seeing movies as I once was.

In 2006, my roommate and I saw all the films nominated for Best Picture, and we created a running list on the chalkboard wall in our kitchen of who thought which movie was going to win in what categories.

This year, I’ve seen one film nominated for Best Picture and a few others that picked up various nods.

One of those is Gone Girl.

Butterscotch Pudding // @speckledpalate

Like a good student, I read the book before I watched the movie, and while the two were relatively similar, I enjoyed the book better. (Question: Has anyone ever liked the movie more than the book?)

That being said, I appreciated the movie for what it was. It just didn’t capture the characters as fully as the novel did, even though it was artfully done.

Winston, who didn’t read the book, enjoyed the film, too, and was on the edge of his seat most of the time. When it first got started, he kept shooting me questioning glances as something new would come to light.

Butterscotch Pudding // @speckledpalate

Rosamund Pike, the actress who plays Amy Dunne, is nominated for Best Actress, and I wanted to tip my hat to both the movie and book with a recipe. But… the initial thought I had for food didn’t make it into the film. (It was a scathing statement that made me laugh out loud as I listened to the novel, and it was referenced a few times when certain information came to light.)

Since Gone Girl was one of the only nominated films I saw this year, I asked if I could bend the rules a little to create this dish that’s more about the book than the movie.

Because it stars butterscotch.

(If you’ve read the book, please tell me you know what/who I’m referencing here.)

Butterscotch Pudding // @speckledpalate

Butterscotch Pudding is a super simple dessert to pull together, and it’s absolutely delicious once chilled for a few hours. I’m sure it would be delicious straight off the stovetop, too, but since pudding needs additional time to thicken in the fridge, it might be best left alone for a bit.

This pudding is creamy, slightly sweet and decadent. And it’s totally worth cheating (on a diet) for.

Here’s how you can make it for this Sunday’s awards show:

Butterscotch Pudding // @speckledpalate
5 from 2 votes

Oscar Noms: Butterscotch Pudding

A nod to the "Gone Girl" book, even if the butterscotch reference didn't make the movie, which Rosamund Pike is nominated for Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards. Treat yourself this Sunday to some decadent Butterscotch Pudding, lightened up with 1% milk and Greek yogurt.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 large servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • A pinch of good sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, and let it brown slightly.
  2. While the butter is browning, combine the milk and greek yogurt. Whisk until smooth and no lumps visible. Set aside.
  3. Once the butter has browned, add the brown sugar. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the brown sugar cook and bubble for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently so the sugar doesn't burn. Reduce the heat to low.
  4. Add the pinch of salt and measure in the cornstarch, stirring until combined until the combination forms a paste.
  5. Slowly pour in the milk/Greek yogurt mixture, whisking vigorously.
  6. Once the milk/yogurt mixture is completely added, cook the pudding over low heat, stirring frequently with a spoon, until the mixture gently simmers. While continually stirring, let the mixture simmer for a minute. It will thicken during this stage.
  7. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and measure in the vanilla extract.
  8. Pour the pudding into ramekins, and cover with plastic wrap. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill for 1-2 hours, until set.
  9. Enjoy chilled with a dollop of whipped cream (or more Greek yogurt) and with a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen's Butterscotch Pudding.


Butterscotch Pudding // @speckledpalate

And now, a little more about the #OscarNomsParty and our awesome giveaway!

Oscar Noms Party Giveaway

In honor of the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, I’ve teamed up with 15 incredible bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway!

One lucky reader will win a streaming media player — their choice of an Amazon Fire TV, an Apple TV or a Roku 3. It always seems to be a challenge to catch up on the year’s best films, so I’m thrilled to give you the chance to do so!

Each of the participating bloggers has prepared an Oscar-themed recipe, and they’re up for best recipe! When you participate in the giveaway, be sure to vote for your favorite dish, too. The winning blogger will get $50 in cash!

The Oscar Noms Party
Menu & Movies


Pork Tenderloin SlidersThe Judge
Aged Cheddar & Apple Grilled CheeseBoyhood
Pull-Apart Pepperoni Pizza BreadWhiplash
Asparagus RollsInto the Woods
Texas Quesadilla with Chunky Guacamole – The American Sniper
Magic Garbanzo Beans  Into the Woods


Nutella MochiBig Hero 6
Rocket Raccoon CakeGuardians of the Galaxy
Texas Peach Cobbler SkilletAmerican Sniper
Camouflage Mini Chocolate Cheesecake – American Sniper
Courtesan au ChocolatGrand Budapest Hotel
Butterscotch PuddingGone Girl
Chocolate-Covered Cherry GranolaWild


Pink Lady CocktailGrand Budapest Hotel
Oscar Chambord RoyaleThe Theory of Everything
Black(berry) Hole The Theory of Everything
The Blueberry Wish – Into the Woods


Oscar Noms Party Giveaway

Meet the amazing bloggers bringing you this giveaway!

Anne from Wit Wisdom and Food // Beth from bethcakes // Cat from The Rustic Willow // Cate from Chez Catey Lou // Erin from The Speckled Palate // Ginnie from Hello Little Home // Grace from Think Fruitful // Jenna from A Savory Feast // Katie from Twin Stripe // LeAndra from Love & Flour // Leia from Eat It & Say Yum // Linda from Brunch with Joy // Madison from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen // Meghan from Cake ‘n’ Knife // Molly from Hey There Sunshine // Susannah from Feast + West

Giveaway rules:

  1. Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below. Everyone gets a free entry! You can enter multiple times, up to 35 additional entries by following the giveaway sponsors on social media. (If you’ve followed in the past, that counts! Just enter the info as prompted.) All entries will be verified. No purchase is necessary to win.
  2. The giveaway is open until Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen at random and emailed within 48 hours. Winners must claim prize within 48 hours of initial contact. The retail value of the prize is $100. Prizes shown in the graphic are the only ones available.
  3. Open to U.S. residents with a valid shipping address only. Must be 18 years of age as of Feb. 16, 2015.

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  1. Jana

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE butterscotch and these just look divine! Pinning for later! 🙂

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Jana! I love butterscotch, too, and I hope you enjoy this pudding as much as we enjoyed it!

  2. Trish

    YUM! That butterscotch pudding looks amazing. I love that it includes Greek yogurt too.

    I read Gone Girl when it first came out and keep thinking I still need to see the movie.

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Trish! The Greek yogurt just makes it so creamy and delicious! If you enjoyed the book, I definitely suggest checking out the movie. It’s different and incredibly dark, but is well done.

  3. Jess

    yum, yum and yum! Love this and I havent had some in awhile. I am going to pin it to my recipies too!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Jess! You should definitely give this a shot!

  4. Beth @ bethcakes

    I was bad this year and haven’t seen like any of the Best Picture nominations! I’ve always been really into movies though. I haven’t read or seen Gone Girl, but I really want to! This butterscotch budding looks divine! Butterscotch is one of those flavors that’s forgotten a little bit, but it’s so good. 🙂

    • Erin

      I’ve only seen one, Beth, so you’re not alone in being bad this year. I definitely recommend Gone Girl, though I’ll go ahead and warn you that it’s DARK. And butterscotch… it’s so good! I don’t really ever think about it, but ever since I finished the book, it kept popping back into my mind, and now was the perfect time to make something featuring it.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Brenda! Definitely add this to your pudding collection!

  5. Amy Albers

    Butterscotch is amazing – I can only hope that my finished product looks as good as yours!

    • Erin

      Butterscotch really is SO good… and I’m sure you can make yours look just as pretty! Any additional treats on top of a pudding is pretty to me!

  6. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Yum, yum, yum!! My fiancé loves anything butterscotch, so I need to save this recipe for his birthday. It sounds delicious!

    • Erin

      Please do, Jenna! I love butterscotch, and this was a great treat!

  7. Michelle

    I enjoyed the book, haven’t seen the movie and am a fan of all things butterscotch! this looks so good!!!!!

    • Erin

      Glad you enjoyed the book and love butterscotch, Michelle! This pudding was quite the treat, and I’m so glad I had the chance to make it in honor of the nomination and #OscarNomsParty.

  8. Savita @ ChefDeHome

    I love everything butterscotch and this pudding making my mouth-water! pinning for later!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Savita! Butterscotch is SO good!

  9. Grace

    Yum! I love butterscotch, and this recipe looks so simple and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Grace! I love a good simple recipe that calls for butterscotch. What’s not to love?

  10. Cate | Chez CateyLou

    Well I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, but I am so into this dessert!! It looks absolutely incredible, I am craving some pudding now!!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Cate! Pudding is such an easy and delicious dessert… and I suggest checking out the movie or book if you’re into dark thrillers!

  11. Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum

    Ooo, that pudding sounds so good. Especially with the chocolate and whipped cream. Mmmm…

    • Erin

      Thanks, Leia! The toppings just take it over the top!

  12. Molly | Hey There Sunshine

    I loved Gone Girl (book and movie), so I was curious to see what you’d make for it. This sounds so good! I’m not a butterscotch fan normally, but your recipe sounds so yummy I may have to try it.

    • Erin

      I’m glad you loved the book and movie, too! What kind of recipe were you expecting from it? Thanks! The recipe is good and delicious. I’m not sure if it’s for a non-butterscotch fan, but you can totally dress it up with toppings to change it up!

  13. Cat @ therusticwillow

    Absolutely trying this. Love butterscotch! And I was trying to think of a movie I liked better than a book and I just couldn’t think of one! I think the Lords of the Rings gives the books justice though.

    • Erin

      I hope you enjoy this, Cat! Butterscotch is so good. 🙂 And I think you’re right — Lord of the Rings did the books justice, as did Harry Potter. Good call!

  14. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

    You had me at brown butter. And brown sugar. And vanilla. Man, everything that’s good starts with something brown, doesn’t it? I’m craving some butterscotch now, girl! Hubby watched Gone Girl without me…I apparently need to catch up and see why you chose it!

    • Erin

      Brown butter. Brown sugar. Vanilla… it’s kind of a hard combination to go wrong with, right? You should totally catch the movie (AND read the book so you get the reference I’m making here!) and let me know what you thought of it all!

  15. LeAndra

    I read the book forever ago, but I just saw the movie. Is butterscotch the cat? I’m so curious!

    • Erin

      Nice! I really enjoyed both… and am disappointed the butterscotch reference didn’t make it into the movie, though I know it wasn’t really a huge thing. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the cat!

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