Berries and Buttermilk Puddings and my First GIVEAWAY!

You know, I’ve had this blog going for almost 2 years, and I have yet to present a giveaway.  I feel left out, I feel cheap, I feel like the kid in the lunchroom with the sandwich that no one will trade for.  OK, that’s overreacting to the 100th degree.  Let’s just say that I have tons and tons of goodies, most of which I’ll never use, that I’d like to share with you all.

Outrageously Creamy Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Puddings with Fresh Berry Sauce. Low-Fat and Low Sugar!

Well, I’ll get to that part after I touch on these luscious, decadent buttermilk puddings with a strawberry-red wine sauce, and fresh, succulent berries.  The pudding sounds really fattening, doesn’t it?  I mean, some perceive buttermilk to be loaded with butter, but  it’s not.   It’s the sour liquid that remains after the butterfat has been removed from whole milk or cream by churning when making butter.  However, most commercial buttermilk is now produced by other means, mainly cultured –  aka cow’s milk with lactic acid bacteria added to it.

Outrageously Creamy Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Puddings with Fresh Berry Sauce. Low-Fat and Low Sugar!

Alright enough with the scientific mishmash.  This pudding tastes like cheesecake; creamy, rich cheesecake pudding, but again, it’s not fattening – it’s actually low in fat, and even lower if you use low fat milk! I had half a quart of buttermilk left from some muffins I made (coming soon) and I’m so bad when it comes to buttermilk – a certified buttermilk ‘waster’.  I buy it for one recipe (yes, I know, milk plus lemon juice or vinegar, but sometimes I feel like using something that is what it is), then it sits in the back of my fridge until it becomes its own life form; bacteria babies multiplying like bunny rabbits, then starting their own families, and so on and so forth.

When I dare to look, it’s actually moving and chunky. One sniff and well, I don’t think I need to elaborate any more than that.  Down the drain it goes, with a teeming shower of steaming hot water to melt the chunky parts.  Have I grossed anyone out yet? It wasn’t my intention, but if you ask anyone who knows me, I’m not one to hold back when it comes to saying what’s on my mind; chunky bits or not.

Outrageously Creamy Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Puddings with Fresh Berry Sauce. Low-Fat and Low Sugar!                   Darn shiny glasses and fake lighting – couldn’t avoid the glare.

With that said, this time I wasn’t going to waste the damn buttermilk.  I surfed to, typed in buttermilk, and this was the first recipe that came up.  Usually I need to explore a while to find what I’m on the mood for, but nope, this was right up my alley, especially after all the rich holiday food still clogging every artery, organ, pore etc, and I was not disappointed! You have to try these! They taste really fattening, but are not fattening, not even a little bit!

Outrageously Creamy Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Puddings with Fresh Berry Sauce. Low-Fat and Low Sugar!

INDULGE without guilt!

Now to the fun part – my GIVEAWAY – YAY!  I’m starting slow, as I don’t want to overdo it since it’s my first one.  This isn’t stuff sent to me by a company to plug, this is from my humble, little kitchen. It’s simply something I want to give away because, well, friends and family give me a lot of food and kitchen related stuff as gifts, and as mentioned above, I’ll never use it all, so who better to pass it on to than my fellow food fanatics?

To put it simply, most of my giveaways will be akin to you coming over, and while we chat, eat, cook/bake, play Twister, whatever, I keep piling stuff on you

“Here, take this, you’ll love it!” OR “Oh, look, 10 different kinds of flavored oils, 9 of which I’ll never use. Take them..please!”.

Granted, everything is brand spanking new; I’m not one of those types.   I once worked with a woman who actually saved half a sub sandwich she didn’t eat (2 days old), a little nibble off the corner, and brought it into work to pawn off on someone because she didn’t like to waste food.  If Wordpress had a disgusted/WTF?? emoticon, you’d see it right HERE.  That was the look on all of our faces when she decided we were no different than her dog.

OK, onto the haul.  I have enough panko breadcrumbs to bread enough food to feed almost all of Manhattan..seriously – SO, one, lucky reader..please take these!  Oh, here’s the cool part..they’re flavored panko, fusion panko!  We’ve got South West panko, Garlic panko, and Teriyaki panko..a three pack – NO mustard or plain.  Just leave a comment and I’ll use that random integer thingamahjig to choose a winner.  The winner will be announced one week from today.  By the way, this is not just limited to the USA..I will ship anywhere in the world.  Fair is fair, and whatever number comes up is where it goes!

Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Puddings with Saucy Berries
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yield: 4 servings
Chill time: 8 hours
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine via
Buttermilk Puddings:
  • 1½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup whole milk, divided
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
Berry Sauce:
  • ¼ cup dry red wine *
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (3-inch) strip lemon zest
  • 1 (3-inch) strip orange zest
  • 1 Turkish bay leaf
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups of your favorite berries (I used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries)
Make the puddings
  1. Have ready 4 (6-to 8-ounce) bowls or wide glasses
  2. Sprinkle gelatin over ¼ cup milk in a small bowl and let soften 1 minute.
  3. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into a small heavy saucepan and add pod. Add remaining ¾ cup milk and sugar and bring just to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture to hot milk mixture, stirring until dissolved. Quickly chill in an ice bath, stirring occasionally, until cold but not thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in buttermilk, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large glass measure, discarding solids. Pour into bowls and chill until set, at least 8 hours.
Make the sauce
  1. Bring wine, water, sugar, zests, and bay leaf to a boil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then boil until reduced to about ⅓ cup, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add strawberries and simmer 5 minutes. Discard zests and bay leaf, then puree strawberry mixture in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Force through clean fine-mesh sieve and discard solids. Stir in tablespoon of lemon juice.
  3. Chill sauce, stirring occasionally, until cold, about 1 hour.
  1. Spoon sauce over puddings and top with more berries.
* If you'd prefer not to use red wine in the sauce, some good substitutes would be; grape juice, apple juice or cranberry juice.

Outrageously Creamy Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Puddings with Fresh Berry Sauce. Low-Fat and Low Sugar

Outrageously Silky/Creamy Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Puddings with a luscious strawberry red wine sauce doused with berries! LOW-FAT and LOW-SUGAR! #buttermilk #vanillabean #buttermilkpudding #redwine #redwinesauce #berrysauce #strawberry #blackberry #blueberry #raspberry

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60 Responses to Berries and Buttermilk Puddings and my First GIVEAWAY!

  1. Rosa says:

    A great giveaway!

    Those puddings must taste heavenly! I love berries!



  2. I couldn’t be happier about this buttermilk pudding recipe! I’m a chronic buttermilk waster myself. I mean, how many batches of pancakes can you make when you’re only cooking for two?! The pudding sounds delicious and the berry topping is a most welcome harbinger of warmer temps. Love it!

    I also love your description of the give away. Hilarious and perfect. I’m in! 🙂

  3. Rose says:

    Mmmmmmmmm pdding! I’ve never had buttermilk pudding but it sounds wonderful, especially with BERRIES! Yum!

  4. Ha ha ha…u may not be the pioneer woman Ree but u sure are a pioneer woman in loads of way…can begin with ur ph.d on the lev choco chippy cookie…and go on and on…lemme start slow and keep it short too…….
    And ur give aways coming from ur sweet thoughts and love heart and honestly i love that so so much…..
    Ok…to me u do have quite a bit of readers and yeah the panko sounds great though continents afar i doubt am here for ur give away…
    Am here to fall in love with berries and buttermilk and puddings and put ’em all together and we dance with delicious glee.
    Glare or no glare love all ur pics Lisa….

  5. Aparna says:

    Never made or had pudding with buttermilk, though buttermilk is something I have a lot in my kitchen. In India, we flavour our buttermilk with salt and lots of other stuff to make a delicious thirst quenching dring for the summer.

    And I also have to say, I don’t see any glare. Just some very good pictures of a delicious looking dessert.
    A giveaway is a giveaway, even if it is not at Ree’s scale. Do you ship all across the world? LOL

  6. MandyM says:

    Berries are just the most beautiful dessert toppings, I love the colours.

    These puddings sound really good and even more so ’cause they’re actually not as fattening as you’d think, great find!

    I’ve learnt to freeze my buttermilk ’cause I was exactly the same as you, lol. Also, back in SA you can buy a 500ml carton of buttermilk so you’d pretty much use most of it in a recipe, but here in Ireland I’ve only managed to find 1 litre cartons… that’s a lot of buttermilk!!! Anyway, now I measure out cups or half cups and fill up those throw away plastic bag ice-cube maker thingies, then just defrost what I need when I need it. 🙂

    Yay for your first giveaway!

    P.S. If you get a polarizer for your lense and it’ll sort out most of the glare on glass 🙂

  7. Megan says:

    The fruit and buttermilk puddings look darling! I think I saw a similar recipe in Bon Appetit or Food & Wine recently, and I had wanted to make them.

  8. Wic says:

    I will make this pudding it looks delicious. love the pictures and congratulations to your first giveaway.

  9. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    The puddings are looking so scrumptious with berries! Great giveaway!

  10. Arlette says:

    Happy Anniversary my dearest friend
    wishing you all the best with heart desire project……!???

    what a delicious treat from a delicious lady.
    great posting my friend.

  11. WOW well I think that your photos are phenomenal and the shiny bits add a lot of depth to the picture. And your giveaway is interesting flavoured panko we certainly don’t get that in Australia. And XOXOXO from Audax your friend in Sydney.

  12. vivnidhi says:

    The buttermilk pudding sounds great…..I have bookmarked it! And Thanks for the giveaway……may you have many more :-))

  13. suezumout says:

    Love the combination and the cups are perfect! I like the photos – think they came out really well. I’m going to try this one. 🙂

  14. Jeanne says:

    What a great use for buttermilk! I never thought to make pudding with it. I am also an occasional “buttermilk waster”, so it’s great to have one more recipe to try!

  15. April Kofler says:

    Wow, never thought about doing this with buttermilk.
    The give away looks great! I have never seen these and I use Panko a lot.

  16. Simone says:

    You do know that you can actually drink buttermilk like regular milk, right? lol… I love buttermilk and it’s very very good in pannacotta too. You should give it a try next time you are stuck with some buttermilk!
    Love the giveaway too…. Now come on random number thingie… pick me, pick me, pick me!! (would that help you think?)

    • lisamichele says:

      I’ve tried buttermilk straight up before, and yikes, too much ‘tang’ for me! However, I’ve also tried buttermilk pannacotta and yum. These puddings are similar, just a looser ‘pudding like’ consistency.

  17. Loving the first giveaway! Count me in, please! Also, the pudding looks delicious and sounds even more yummy! 🙂

  18. Yona says:

    Hey! You’re funny….lol @ “I feel like the kid in the lunchroom with the sandwich that will no one will trade for” – thanks for the giveaway. Now I’m craving berries that I don’t have…thanks a lot 🙂

  19. Juliana says:

    Buttermilk pudding, looks absolutely yummie with the berries on top, such an elegant dessert 🙂 Giveaway…of course 😉

  20. Nadia says:

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! I really appreciate it.

    These puddings look divine, right up my alley!

    I look forward to reading your archives, everything looks amazing. Those lime macadamia nut bars are also calling my name!

  21. Krista says:

    I am absolutely delighted with these puddings!!! So pretty and creamy and mmm. 🙂

  22. Katrina says:

    Buttermilk Pudding? Whodah thunk it? It looks beautiful and sounds delish! Great creation, Lisa!

    I had no idea there were flavored panko!

  23. Kitty says:

    Ooooh! Ooooh! Ooooh! Pick me! Pick me! Buttermilk is my fave – I would/could drink it, I will.

  24. Michelle says:

    Okay… first — I NEVER know what to do with the leftover buttermilk I end up with either and I LOVE the sound of this recipe! Berries and Buttermilk Pudding… meet the bookmark button.

    Second — flavored panko? WHO KNEW? Love it!!

  25. Kate says:

    LOVE that there is a red wine sauce – can’t wait to try these!!!

  26. Esi says:

    Lowfat? Tastes like cheesecake? I’ll take ten please!

  27. shaz says:

    Gorgeous dessert! I actually have a carton of unopened buttermilk right now (planning to make fried chicken) and was wondering what to do with the rest..perfect.

  28. Quiltingdaisy says:

    I too am a buttermilk fan, Can’t get enough!

  29. ap269 says:

    When I read: “Giveaway” I just thought: Oh, ok, here’s YET another one I’m not qualifying for because I don’t live in the US or Canada”. You can’t imagine my delightment when I read this giveaway was NOT limited to US residents. Yay!!!!! So, I’m up for it. Btw, this berry dessert looks HEAVENLY!!!!!! I’d like to eat it right now!

  30. Sophie says:

    Those desserts look stunning!! These would make a lovely summer pudding!!

    Not too heavy but just about right in flavours & balance!

    I love using panko breadcrumbs!! I also use the normal ones & the honey flavoured ones!! I love the idea of using different panko breadcrumbs in different dishes! Waw!

  31. Joanna says:

    This is my very first comment on your amazing blog.I am new to the food blogosphere.I am learning so much here.Everything is so beautiful & helpful on your blog.God Bless.
    Good for us:)Buttermilk besides being healthy,if used in baking,the acids present react with the baking powder to release harmless CO2 which helps leavening,to produce a moist ,light n tasty cake.

  32. Eric says:

    Your blog is awesome, I’m glad I found it. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

  33. Wow a low fat cheesecake pudding? I think my prayers have been answered!:D I love those glasses too (and I think the shininess looks like a cool lighting trick hehe). Delicious job Lisa (as always)! 😀

  34. Lori says:

    I always had the buttermilk going bad problem until I found a recipe for corn cakes that I absolutely love and look forward to an excuse to make them.

    I tell you these puddings are exactly what I have been looking for. I wanted to find a recipe for a pudding that did not use heavy cream. I will definitely give these a try.

  35. peasepudding says:

    I always remember my Nan teaching me to make scones with the ‘chunky’ sour milk left in the fridge, in those days it went off quicker because it was fresh milk. The scone definitely tasted better with the sour chunky milk and it felt good to be able to turn something bad into something good.

  36. trissalicious says:

    Hey Lisa! Just got back from my trip and first thing I did was hop over to your site to see what you were talking about… OMG – how cool was that? I think next time I might try this with the buttermilk pudding – seems less complicated and beautiful just the same. Hey, I also struggled with the damn glasses – i thought it would be easier to take the photo – how wrong I was! Oh and I would love to join your giveaway – we don’t have flavoured panko in Australia!

  37. Hullo,Ola, Hola….u are an award winner more often than we know and this time there’s a very different award for u …jus from me….an award specially to fire up the imagination of creative writers in whateve which way….

    I had mine fired up a bit too in the company of fantastic writers like ya n now its ur turn to take off from my humble beginings…take ur time but fire anyway…hop on the link below to see what am talking about and do hope u enjoy it as muc as i did…beleive i wanted to run away from it first but when i began…was thrilled and had so much fun and was really glad for it…..

    and if have not added ur link …leave me a note and i’ll be most glad too asap and do leave me a link when u post up to …it’ll be fum to see what u guys come up with.

  38. astheroshe says:

    i love buttertmilk..i use it ftor everything!

  39. Wonderful desert, and its not even really unhealthy or anything (not that thats ever stopped me) LOL.
    Hope you are having a fab weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  40. pragmaticattic says:

    These look so beautiful and sophisticated and chic (I love the glasses they are in!). Luxurious looking, but oh so sensible nutritionally–great idea.

  41. Teri says:

    Looks yummy..Cant wait to try it!

  42. susie says:

    I would love to come over and play Twister and swap oil! I thought the pudding looked divine until you said cheesecake, which I really don’t care for, but I truly love the taste of buttermilk. Bookmark to try when I have that jug in the fridge and no ideas. Love it in the stemless glasses!

  43. Cheryl W says:

    Oh wow, there is so much you can do with Panko. I would love to be the winner.

  44. Cindy Aiton says:

    This is absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for offering such a great giveaway!

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you, Cindy! Unfortunately, this post is from 2010 so the giveaway ended over two years ago ..BUT, every month or so I have another keep checking back! 🙂

      • Cindy Aiton says:

        Yes, I noticed that right after I submitted the comment. Ha! Oh well, maybe I will have better luck (and timing) next time. 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Cindy..I do it myself all the time unless they actually type in bold letters ‘GIVEAWAY CLOSED” lol I think I need to start doing that!

  45. These treats have such a nice balance with the creamy, sweet, fresh, tart combo! DELICIOUS!

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  47. Rea says:

    We are buttermilk drinkers but have never made buttermilk pudding. I’m excited to try this recipe.

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  49. Mary Carroll says:

    First off… These puddings are on the agenda for Sunday dinner this week!! And I have always wanted to try panko bread crumbs, and flavored at that!! Yummy!

    • Lisa says:

      I hope you enjoy them as much as we did, Mary! Unfortunately, the panko giveaway ended a few years ago, but stay tuned for more within a few months 🙂

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