Vanilla Caramel Budino

I’m not going to lie. This is the best pudding I’ve ever eaten in my life. I know you’re thinking Paula it’s just pudding. Oh no no no no no no no no (did you see me waving my finger and shaking my head ’cause I was). It’s Vanilla Caramel BUDINO (okay still pudding but much sexier in Italian) and my eyes rolled back into my head when I tasted this. Let me back up a bit. Sus and I took a little trip to Beverly Hills a few weekends back. We holed up at the posh Beverly Wilshire (you know the one where they filmed THE Pretty Woman) and had planned on eating as much ridiculously good food as possible.

When I found out that Scott Conant had a restaurant there (SCARPETTA) we knew we HAD to go. You see I kinda have a thing for Mr. Conant. You may know him as the judge from Chopped that HATES red onions. Don’t you dare try to feed that man red onions. LOL. I also hear he has a thing for Reeses Pieces. But that’s another story. My intention going in was to try his pasta. I hear he’s pretty magical at making pasta. I won’t keep you in suspense, he puts his money where his mouth is. It was MAGICAL.

Earlier that day we had already inhaled a pizza bigger than we are plus a cake from Duff’s Cake Mix so yeah we were already stuffed. Going in we were thinking JUST a plate of pasta and maybe a glass of wine (or at least I was). The restaurant had other plans for us. Nicole the sweet General Manager came out to greet us and welcome us to the restaurant. When we saw the tasting menu we knew we HAD to do it. We chose the 4 course. The chef had other plans. I’m thinking they were just happy to see girls eating in Beverly Hills. Apparently that doesn’t happen often ; ) All told we had 8 courses. It was one amazing dish after another. If you follow me on INSTAGRAM you saw it all. I’ll be making the truffle pasta we had SOON. Chef Freddy Vargas came out (twice no less) and shaved an obscene amount of truffles on our pasta. I like a man who’s heavy handed with truffles don’t you? Until I can get my hands ehem save up for a truffle the other dish that I KNEW I had to make was the vanilla caramel budino.

I’m talking eyes rolling back in your head, When Harry Met Sally going on good. Don’t thank me, thank Scarpetta. If you have a chance to get to one of the many Scarpetta restaurants just DO IT. I think I’m going to be a mission to get to all of them. Someone has to and why not me. Who knows maybe I’ll even run into Mr. Conant and we can chat in Italian. Oh, you might consider wearing loose clothing. You’ll thank me.

Also if you’re a detail person like me, you might have noticed that things around the blog have been a little brighter lately. Those bright and beautiful table linens you’ve seen (pictured above) are from Pine Cone Hill. They sent me a few samples to try out and clearly I love them. They’re fun and fantastically made. How would YOU like to have some? One of YOU lucky readers is going to get to try some out for size as well!

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Disclaimer: We paid our own way for dinner at Scarpetta. It was THAT good and that’s why I re-created the dish. I was not compensated or asked to write a review. Opinions as always are mine. Giveaway is sponsored by Pine Cone Hill. I was not compensated for this post.

Recipe slightly adapted and printed with permission from Scarpetta Beverly Hills Restaurant.


Vanilla Caramel Budino


  • 8 egg yolks
  • 9 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks unsalted Kerrygold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • crumbled biscotti to garnish


  1. In a mixing bowl combine: egg yolks, cornstarch, first measurements of heavy cream, milk and salt.
  2. In a heavy bottom pot bring brown sugar, remaining cream,milk and vanilla to a boil. In a separate pot, cook granulated sugar until it is a deep amber and caramel color. Slowly add hot cream mixture to cooked sugar. Stir until combined.
  3. Carefully ladle hot caramel cream into egg mixture. Mix until half the hot liquid is incorporated. Slowly add tempered egg mixture back into hot cream on the stove. Continue to cook over medium heat until mixture has thickened.
  4. Remove from heat add butter. Mix on low until custard has cooled to room temperature.
  5. Pour into serving containers. Cover with plastic wrap. Make sure plastic is touching custard so that a skin does not form. Transfer to refrigerator. Cool for 6-8 hours until set.
  6. Garnish with crumbled biscotti.



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    Best Dinner EVER. Ever. Love the linens you have here, too – gorgeous.

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    Deb H. /

    The Treehouse Table Linens are by far my favorite!

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    Love the chevron daffodil and the chevron tangerine! Gorgeous pictures!

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    Elisa B /

    I like the ink dots pattern, in all the colors.

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    vaishali /

    Love the red quilted place mats!

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    Michele F. /

    Love the Mingled Charcoal Placemats!

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    LOVE Madeline Gold Napkins!

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    I’m really drawn to the Scramble Blueberry napkins!

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    Donna F. /

    I like the navy chevron napkins.

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    I like the Riviera in light blue.

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    Adele /

    My pick is the Scramble Pumpkin Napkins.

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    Meghan Finley /

    I love the Madeline Sage Napkins/ Set Of 4

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    I love the Hydrangea Napkin Set.

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    They are all so beautiful! I love the Chevron Denim Napkins the best.

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    love the candy apple and tangerine colors…the stripe and the chevron. Great linens, so pretty!

    And that pudding…I kind of believe you, it looks to die for! 🙂

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    sarapete /

    They are all so beautiful! I love the Scramble Pumpkin Napkins/ Set Of 4

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    MikeW /

    Blue chevron, bold!

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    1. i want this pudding. tonight.

    2. i love the ellipse navy/sprout linens – so pretty!

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    Gorgeous! I can only imagine how rich and decadent it is with all of those egg yolks!

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    Karen Lynch /

    Pink dots fuchsia.

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    Jessie C. /


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    White platinum placemats. Nice!

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    Patty T /

    I love the Madeline Blue Quilted Placemats.

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    What a magical little dessert. And now I’m also feeling the urge for a big plate of pasta. Everytime Scott Conant gives a thumbs-down to raw red onions, I give a little cheer.

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    Rust /

    I love the Madeline Terracotta Quilted Placemats/ Set Of 4!

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    Stephen Weinberg /

    Love the Sedona Linen Napkins!

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    Roma /

    I love the bright Rainbow Stripe napkins….matches my Fiestaware!!

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    JennyBC /

    Chevron navy and daffodil! Bliss!

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    Maxine R. /

    I loved those mingled placemats in yellow. They were soooo pretty.

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    Debbie /

    Madeleine blue napkins

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    Sandy w /

    I like the natural linen duvet cover

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    I’d like the scramble chocolate linens.

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    Suzanne B /

    I love the Cape Calm collection and the Corsican Sleepwear

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    I love the Scramble Key Lime napkins. And the Spot On napkins. Honestly, I love them all!

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    Michelle S /

    My favorite are the Madeline Sage pattern 🙂

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    Elin /

    I’m in a total chevron phase, so I’d love any color in that pattern!

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    Corisa /

    The hydrangea is adorable !

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    Cindi /

    The Madame Bleu Napkins and Placemats
    are lovely…
    Many thanks, Cindi

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    I like the Diamond Table Linens: nice color and texture.

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    Lisa S /

    Love the Granada stripes especially for summer and the ink dots pebble

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    Kel /

    I like the sedona pattern – nice fall colors. thanks!!

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    the Madeline sage or the Madeline striped sage!! LOVE!

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    OMG and the Juliet napkins are beautiful!

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    wow this pudding looks so creamy! how wonderful.

    love these dinner napkins!

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    Laura Jacobson /


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    The Sedona Linen Napkins are gorgeous, I could spend a fortune, all amazing linens!

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    Erin /

    I love the Chevron Daffodil ones – so cute!

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    latanya /

    Chickles Orange napkins

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    I love the Scramble Indigo Napkins/ Set Of 4!

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    Jahnvi /

    Mingled Daffodil Placemats/ Set Of 4

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    Denise L /

    I love the Madeline Sage napkins!

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    erika /

    Vanhi paisley throw.

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    The recipe looks delicious!!! And I would have to say the Chevron Platinum Napkins would compliment my modern home perfectly!

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    Karla G /

    The Batik Blossom summer bedding looks amazing

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    barbara n /


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    Oh my, I’m in love with Pine Cone Hill! The Granada Stripe Napkins, the Soda Stripe Napkins, the Rainbow stripe napkins…I think it’s a stripe thing. Oh and this “pudding” sounds absolutely amazing. That dinner will be hard for you to top, 8 courses, wow!

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    Love the Encaustic Green & Blue Napkins!

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    Seriously. How to choose? They’re all gorgeous. I’d probably pick one of the charcoal patterns.

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    The pudding is yummo! I have a food crush on Scott Conant. His food is totally sexy.
    I love the Scramble Key Lime Napkins, the chevron napkins, the encaustic napkins…oh, I just can’t choose one.

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    TK /


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    Carmen /

    I love the Juliet napkins

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    Erin from Long Island /

    Chambray Linen Ink Napkins

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    Lordy lordy! I just gained 10 blissful pounds simply looking at this.

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    I want the polka dotted scarf! it’s sooooooooooo cute!

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    Wendy R /

    Really like the brightness of the Encaustic Fuschia and Orange

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    Oh my gosh I just love this. Totally worthy of a When Harry Met Sally Moment.

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    Gaby /

    if its a brown instead of a light cream color, I’m assuming I burnt it? 🙁 Going to refrigerate it still and find out, it tastes good but I don’t know what I did wrong!

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    Simasyd /


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    Angela /

    For the Caramel Budino — when you say 2 sticks of Kerrygold butter, do you mean 2 whole packs? How many tablespoons is that?


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