This is a post sponsored by Blueprint Social and Disney. I was provided an advance screening copy as well as compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
When I was very little my parents were really, really into television tech (I guess not much has changed, really). We had a special little yard on the side of the house whose entire purpose was to house a gigantic satellite. This thing was seriously huge and in order to watch the Disney channel, Momma had to go outside, climb up the step ladder and crank that sucker to be pointed in the right direction. It was quite an undertaking to change channels sometimes. And the thing had to have it’s own yard. Can you imagine telling someone that today? Well, if you want more than 6 channels we’re going to need 30 square feet of your yard space. Whatever!
One of my favorite things to watch that was playing on the Disney Channel was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I watched it and watched it and watched it every single time I could. Until it wasn’t on there anymore and I was sad. But guess what? TV techy Daddy to the rescue! We got a VCR. Bam – I could watch The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh any time I wanted.
So when I had the opportunity to make a craft in celebration of the re-release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh I jumped at the chance. And when my screening copy was tossed into my hands by the UPS delivery gal I decided to put aside my Friday night plans. Instead I tucked into bed early with a cross-stitch piece and my movie. I was absolutely amazed at how much of the story I remembered from so many years ago. Color me even more surprised when I noticed, while looking down at my stitching, I started to sing along.
Thinking about my upcoming project I decided I wanted to make something I also remember from childhood… honey flavored pudding. It took a bit of finagling of my regular pudding recipe, but a gallon of milk later and I’m really, really happy with the finished recipe!
Very Vanilla Honey Sweetened Pudding Recipe
Sweetened with honey and flavored with vanilla extract, this pudding is sweet and divine! This recipe will fill four jars from Ikea, the Rajtan. It is a good 8 servings total.
- 2/3 cup of very cold water
- 3 heaping tablespoons of corn starch (use 4 heaping tablespoons for very firm pudding – this is what I do!)
- 3 cups of milk (I use 2%)
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
- vanilla beans from 1 or 2 pods (optional – mostly adds texture)
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (can add more to taste)
- First thing, if using vanilla beans cut the end of your vanilla bean off and slice all of the way down the bean to the end. Pry open with your knife. Take a knife (I use a pointy butter knife) to scrape the beans out of the pod and knock them into the pan.
- Mix your vanilla beans and cornstarch into your cold water and set in the refrigerator until ready to use. The starch will naturally settle but no worries. The vanilla beans will want to clump together so stir until you can see that they’ve spaced themselves out in the mixture.
- Bring your milk, butter and salt to a boil in a medium pot. Stir often to prevent scorching.
- Give your cornstarch mix a good stir and pour very, very slowly into your very hot milk. Whisk it like you’ve never whisked anything in your life! Continue stirring the milk mixture until well thickened and then remove from heat.
- Add your honey and vanilla extract. The honey will make it loosen back up so put it on the heat for a good five or so minutes and allow to boil, stirring regularly. The mixture will be thick, but not as thick as before but that’s cool.
- Pour into your jars and place in the refrigerator to allow the pudding to fully set.
The pudding is great and all, but we need a cute way to serve our Very Vanilla Honey Pudding in a manner that Winnie the Pooh would approve of himself!
When I was little cookie jars were a big thing and everybody I knew had one in the kitchen filled with all sorts of cookies. My Mimmie had a peach colored jar with Aztec print and it always had vanilla wafer cookies and pecan sandies in it. One of my best friends had a blue Pooh Bear “Hunny Pot” that always had oatmeal raisin (that I picked the raisins out of even though I wasn’t supposed to) and chocolate chip cookies. I’m using the blue I remember that cookie jar to be for the color of my little honey pots, but if you notice in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh there are several colors to choose from and brown is always a good honey pot color!
For this project you will need:
- Little glass jars (make sure they are food safe if purchasing new)
- Blue or brown glass paint
- Black glass paint
- Yellow glass paint
- Sponge brush
- Soft bristled brush
These are my jars. They’re sold 4 in a set at Ikea. The set is called Rajtan and are food safe (actually sold in the kitchen section for spices and whatnot). You can also use baby food jars or anything you can find that has a shape kind of similar to a “hunny pot”.
FYI – these jars are much, much bigger than I realized. Each jar will hold 2 helpings of pudding. So while I used these jars from Ikea, unless you want to make double portions or have people share, you might look for smaller jars…
Using your sponge brush daub paint all over the outside of the jar. Do NOT paint the insides of the jars as the paint is not technically food safe. We want the paint ONLY on the outside of the jars where food will not come into contact…
I found it was easiest to put the jars on my fingers and paint around the rim.
Then turning it upside down and using my finger to hold the jar down as I painted the rest. At the very last I’d paint where my finger had been.
Use a quick, daubing motion. This will cause your paint to be aerated a bit and make bubbles. These bubbles will pop as the paint dries giving it a nice textured, ceramic look to it.
Give as many coats of paint as necessary to fully cover. For me, it was 3 coats per jar.
Take your yellow paint and go around the rim, taking care to wipe away any paint that gets on the lip as you go. Then paint blobs in random and various places to show that the honey is dripping. Because Pooh’s hunny pots are always a mess, aren’t they?
Use as many coats as necessary to cover over your first color. For me that was 2 coats.
Last, but not least, brush “hunny” onto each of your little pots with black glass paint. When dry finish per the manufacturer’s directions. This could include air drying or heat setting inside of the oven.
When finished you can fill them up with the pudding! I poured the hot pudding into my little pots and allowed to set in the refrigerator. I personally like pudding skin but if you don’t you can take a little piece of saran wrap and press it into the top of the pudding to prevent it. Be sure to allow to cool before finishing up…
If partial to cinnamon, give a little sprinkle on top of the pudding. Last of all give a nice, thick coat of honey to the very top of each pudding pot! My honey layer is about 1/4 inch thick and it is crazy good (read crazy sweet). If you don’t like things quite so sweet, you can always drizzle a bit of honey over the top, or eliminate it altogether. If you put the pudding back into the fridge with the honey on top, the honey will become watery and the texture will be more like a flan than a pudding with a sticky top –> I adore flan…
Put in your copy of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and sit down with your sweet honey sweetened vanilla “hunny pots”. Wait! You don’t have the movie? You can purchase the Blu-ray Combo pack and HD Digital now! And to keep up with that silly old bear, check out his Facebook Page!
Ta-ta for now!
I wrote this post as a part of a campaign for Blueprint Social and Disney. All thoughts and opinions are my own.