Champagne Vanilla Pudding with Berry Sauce

by Marla on December 30, 2010 · 65 comments

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For New Years Eve! Champagne Vanilla Pudding | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking

It is almost New Years Eve. Can you believe we are about to roll into 2011?! This has been anamazing year & I wanted to offer you a quick & easy dessert that you can prepare for yourself & guests this weekend or anytime. When I saw Sprinkle Bakes Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes I knew that bubbly was a flavor direction I wanted to take.

For New Years Eve! Champagne Vanilla Pudding | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking

I crawled the web for pudding recipes and they were all filled with refined sugar & loads of fat. I figured since we are kicking off a new year, why not lighten up this dessert, add a splash of celebration champagne while keeping all the flavor of a traditional creamy pudding. With the added bonus of health.

For New Years Eve! Champagne Vanilla Pudding | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking

I love my job. I tell you that time & time again throughout the year. There are many parts to being a food blogger. I cook, bake, taste test, style food, photograph it & then carefully write up a blog post that hopefully gets you guys in your own kitchen to cook for your families.

For New Years Eve! Champagne Vanilla Pudding | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking

My mission with each post is to make you smile & to fill your plates with whole food meals that you created with your own hands. Nothing nourishes the soul more than hugs, kisses & a home cooked meal. When we take a few minutes out of our weekend to prep ingredients and then a few more minutes throughout the week to prepare meals, healthy minds and bodies are the reward.

For New Years Eve! Champagne Vanilla Pudding | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking

I live a low-glycemic, virtuallysugar free life because it makes me feel better. Meals in our house are made from the finest ingredients I can source & afford. I enjoy crawling the web for recipes & then tailoring it to suit our needs. I share my treasures with you. This pudding is sugar free (stevia sweetened), lower in fat than most & easily flavored to taste.

For New Years Eve! Champagne Vanilla Pudding | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking

I served this to 18 family members “testers” here in Grand Cayman. I got an overall thumbs up! If you are serving this to kids & you don’t want them to have any of the champagne, simply divide the vanilla pudding into two bowls & stir it in to taste.

Healthy, sugar free pudding for New Years Eve dessert with star candles.For New Years Eve! Champagne Vanilla Pudding | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking
We all loved the idea of a do it yourself dessert bar. You can keep each element in separate bowls: the pudding, the two sauces, fresh berries and a bottle of champagne handy if any one wants to top off their pudding parfait with an extra splash!

Mixed color party blowers

What do you have planned for New Years Eve? Are you going out or staying home? Did you make a list of New Years resolutions?

Champagne Vanilla Pudding with Berry Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Champagne Vanilla Pudding with Berry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons Cornstarch
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Stevia Powder
  • 2 cups fat free Milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne or Prosecco
  • 12 ounces frozen Blueberries
  • 12 ounces frozen Raspberries
  • 2-4 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 cup fresh Raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh Blueberries

Method

    Pudding
  • Prepare an ice bath to fit a medium bowl that will nest inside it. Set aside. Whisk to combine cornstarch, stevia & salt. In a medium sized heat proof bowl, whisk eggs. Add cornstarch & combine well. In a saucepan heat milk over medium high heat until boiling, stir & be careful that it does not burn. Pour hot milk into eggs & whisk constantly to combine well. Pour mix back into the saucepan & continue to whisk over medium high heat for about 2 minutes until thickened.
  • Transfer pudding from saucepan to a heat proof bowl. Whisk in butter, vanilla extract & champagne. Make any flavor & sweetener adjustments. Set the bowl in the ice bath & stir occasionally until chilled.
  • Berry Sauces
  • In two small separate sauces pans add raspberries & blueberries, one fruit in each.
  • Heat berries over medium high until boiling. They should become saucy & the berries should burst. Remove berries from heat, transfer to heat safe bowls & stir in 1-2 tablespoon of cornstarch. Let berries cool to room temperature & store in fridge until ready to use. The sauce will thicken a bit more in the fridge.Taste the berry sauce & add some stevia or your favorite natural sweetener if needed.
  • Serving Suggestions
  • Either let your guests layer their own parfaits or go ahead & do it for them. It is fun either way!
  • Pull out all sizes & shapes of clear glassware so people can have shooters or larger desserts.
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Variations

  • Chop up some toasted nuts to layer in these pudding parfaits. Pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia, etc. would add texture & crunch.
  • Instead of fresh fruit you can also use chopped dried fruit or a combo of the two.
  • Serve pudding with chocolate shavings or chocolate sauce.
  • I had some of this on my morning bowl of oatmeal & I cannot begin to tell you how good it was.

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet December 30, 2010 at 6:18 am

This is so pretty and just looks delicious. Beautiful!

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2 Rosa December 30, 2010 at 6:38 am

A great pudding! I love the colors.

Just made trifle today… A little similar.

Happy New Year!

Cheers,

Rosa

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3 Faith December 30, 2010 at 6:55 am

This is really beautiful, Marla! I love your lightened up version and it’s so fun and special with the Champagne. The berry sauce is stunning!

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4 allison [Haute Box | blog] December 30, 2010 at 7:11 am

Wow Marla! These look great. I can imagine enjoying this pudding with a side of bubbly!

Happy New Year!

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5 Kristen December 30, 2010 at 7:12 am

What a great use of champagne! Yummy!

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6 Angie December 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

I thought at first it would be straight champagne and no
milk. This sounds better, but now I think I might like to try it
with champagne only too, pretty expensive pudding though,
haha.

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7 Amanda December 30, 2010 at 7:31 am

Wow… you just made me want to make a grocery store run!!
Great recipe girl!

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8 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

this is beautiful…and sounds amazing!

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9 Katrina December 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

Your pudding looks so pretty. I don’t know if I would be able to eat it!!

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10 Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having December 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

Great recipe! I’ve used stevia in tea as a sugar replacement, but I’ve never tried to make anything with it. Thanks for this recipe!

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11 Shaina December 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

I love these, Marla! So cute and the perfect party food.

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12 Maria December 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

Gorgeous dessert! What a great way to ring in the new year! Happy New Year!

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13 Courtney December 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

I love berries! definitely a great recipe to ring in the new year :-)

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14 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

The perfect new years treat! They look so cute. Hope you have a great new years weekend Marla :)

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15 Esi December 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

What a festive dessert! Happy New Year!!!

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16 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets December 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

Adding champagne to pudding is a great idea. And I love your presentation with the berries. Happy New Year!

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17 the urban baker December 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

those are gorgeous! and i love the fruit component! cheers to your and your family and much love and happiness in 2011! xx

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18 Nicole, RD December 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

Your photos are gorgeous! These look delicious!!!

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19 Angie's Recipes December 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm

This looks so pretty! Love the idea of adding Champagne to
the pudding. Happy New Year!

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20 Michelle December 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

These sound (and look) super festive!
Happy New Year!

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21 theUngourmet December 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

This looks like such a pretty and festive dessert for New Year’s Eve…and delicious too! ;) Happy New Year!

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22 rebecca December 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

wow these look awesome your a great blogger keep up the good work
happy new year

lol Rebecca

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23 Heather December 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm

This is truly a genius take on pudding! I’d much rather eat
my champagne than drink it. Honestly, I’m not a big drinker (but
you wouldn’t know that from all the boozy desserts on my blog).
Believe me when I say that you *fulfill* your mission of making us
smile and providing wonderful healthful treats. Thank you so much
and Happy New Year!! (Woo-hoo 2011 here we come!)

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24 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit December 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Your parfaits are beautiful, and are a perfect holiday dessert! I’ve never used stevia, but just bought some yesterday at the grocery and am anxious to try it. I hope you have a lovely new year!

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25 Kelly Lester December 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Too festive and yummy! Pudding is such comfort food. Champagne makes it downright sinful (in a good way of course!) Happy New Year Marla – to the prettiest girl (and blog) on the block! xo

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26 Marla December 31, 2010 at 3:37 am

Kelly: Yup this pudding is comforting & sinful at the same time…..the fact that it is healthy makes it even better. I finished it off with a giant bowl of oats this morning. Happy New Year to you too my friend. May it be a year filled with fantastically filled lunch boxes for all :)

Betty: Best of luck with that stevia – I always hope people have great experiences with it because it is life changing. For me it is the best way to add sweetness without mood swings, high’s & low’s and weight gain.

Heather: Whenever I dash over to your blog I am wowed by your gorgeous photography & brilliant creativity with recipe development. I can’t wait to see what you will be baking up for us in 2011!

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27 Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer December 30, 2010 at 11:02 pm

And I would like a taste right now! Yummy! Happy New Year, friend!

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28 Heavenly Housewife December 31, 2010 at 4:36 am

These are just so pretty. What a wonderful way to say hello to the next year!
Wishing you a fab 2011. Happy New Years to you and your family :)
*kisses* HH

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29 Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 31, 2010 at 5:08 am

This sounds delicious! And I love that it is healthier than you expect. Thanks for sharing!

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30 Joanne December 31, 2010 at 5:38 am

I saw those cupcakes as well and absolutely fell in love with the idea of a champagne-infused dessert! I love how healthy this is. What a great way to start off the new year!

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31 Victor @ Random Cuisine December 31, 2010 at 6:53 am

I love the champagne-pudding combo, what a great way to
celebrate the new year! Happy New Year!

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32 Lori @ RecipeGirl December 31, 2010 at 7:19 am

Looks delicious. Sure am jealous of that Grand Cayman
trip!! Happy New Year, my Friend!

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33 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 31, 2010 at 7:21 am

So pretty! I hope you have a fabulous New Years and New
Year! x0x

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34 Trish December 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

What an adorable and festive dessert. So colorful too. I love how you added champagne to the pudding…I would have never thought of that. Great for my gluten-free friends.

I wish you and Happy & Healthy New Year, Marla!

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35 Marla December 31, 2010 at 11:06 am

Trish: Yes, this dessert is perfect for those that are gluten free. It is always nice to know that everyone can enjoy their sweets on the holidays.

Lori: Wish you were here with me – better yet, wish you were heading back to Mexico with us in a few days.

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36 Serena December 31, 2010 at 11:13 am

The pudding looks good. But the photos are simply amazing! I can see each raspberry seed! What type of camera do you use? Do you have a trick. My photography is sad!

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37 Marla December 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Serena: Thanks for your kind words! I use a Canon EOS 10D & those pics were shot with my 24-70 lens. That thing can get in nice & tight for those seeds!

Sommer: I just added the tag “Valentine’s Day” to this recipe – now how could I forget that. Our next important foodie holiday & this dessert would be very special shared with a special someone!

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38 Sommer J December 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

This looks absolutely delicious and very creative! Definitely worth a shot for Valentines Day! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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39 Georgia Pellegrini December 31, 2010 at 7:14 pm

This is so festive. Thanks for sharing.

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40 grace January 1, 2011 at 3:19 am

how elegant, and perfect for a celebration such as ringing in the new year. really lovely concoction, marla–happy 2011!

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41 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food January 1, 2011 at 4:15 am

This excellent, healthy dessert suits all of my new year’s resolutions and, better yet, involves exactly zero deprivation and a double dose of yum! Happy new year, dear Marla.

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42 Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh yea, these lil dessert cups look deliciously divine!
What a great dessert to ring in the new year with :) I tagged you
on my blog today! Happy 2011~!~!
http://thescenefromme.com/2011/01/01/ive-been-tagged/

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43 Cookin' Canuck January 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

This is such a great idea, Marla! Happy New Year to you, my
friend.

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44 Amanda January 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

OMG those look amazing! Hope you had a wonderful new
year!

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45 Megan January 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm

You had me at vanilla and champagne! Happy New Year friend!

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46 A Canadian Foodie January 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Lovely idea, Marla – very festive, celebratory and smart. The photo of the party favours is definitely mood altering!
We went to the Banff Springs Hotel and had a magical New Years Eve weekend.
I love the celebration with the kids, when they are young, too!
:)
Valerie

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47 Cara January 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

What a festive dessert – I wish I’d had this to ring in the
New Year! Hope you had a happy one :)

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48 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Champagne IN pudding. I am sooooo on board :)

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49 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

The do it yourself dessert bar idea is perfect for a party and these are just perfect for a celebration! Happy New Years!!

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50 Marla December 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Sylvie, this pudding was so awesome I actually mixed it into my oatmeal the next morning! I had to put some aside so I knew there would be leftovers!

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