Buttermilk Pudding with Caramelized Orange Syrup Topping

Whenever my sister comes to visit, I know we’re going to try something new (Candied Orange Peel Vodka Drink remains one of my favorite experiments). For this visit, she wanted to make Buttermilk Pudding. “That sounds nice,” I told her. “What on earth kind of odd dessert is that?” I thought. But sure enough, when we served it at dinner, it was a serious hit. Do not doubt the sister. This pudding is awesome. We are making it again, very soon.

Buttermilk Pudding with Oranges in Simple Syrup
Buttermilk Pudding with Oranges in Simple Syrup

This recipe is a variation on a recipe from a Simply Recipes’ guest author Garret McCord.

Dissolve the Gelatin In a small bowl, stir together 2 tsp gelatin and 2 T warm water.

Make the Pudding In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, seeded – seeds and pod). When the sugar’s dissolved, take the pan off the heat and stir in the gelatin mixture, stirring until that’s dissolved too.

Once the mixture is cooled to room temperature, add 2 cups of buttermilk and then pour the mixture through a fine metal sieve to remove any extra gelatin chunks.

Pour the mixture into a single pretty glass serving dish, or individual ramekins (about 1/2 cup per ramekin), and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least four hours, to set.

Make the Simple Syrup Oranges Peel 5 or 6 oranges and slice into bite-size chunks. Put them in a bowl.

In a saucepan over medium high heat, add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Do NOT stir. The sugar water will start to turn into a syrup and begin to boil. (If you really feel compelled to do something, you can gently jiggle the saucepan handle.) The syrup will start to brown – gently move the handle to swish the liquid and spread the caramelizing syrup. When syrup is a light brown (more graham cracker color than maple syrup), remove from heat and pour over the bowl of orange chunks. The syrup will crystallize on the oranges into beautiful patterns, and also form a delicious orange syrup.

Serve pudding in individual bowls, top with oranges, and ladle orange-caramelized syrup over the top. Absolutely heavenly.

Buttermilk Pudding with Oranges in Simple Syrup
Buttermilk Pudding with Oranges in Simple Syrup


  • 2 tsp powdered gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 oranges
  • 1/2 cup sugar (for simple syrup)
  • alternate to oranges in simple syrup – little spoonfuls of jam

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