Sicilian Almond Pudding (Biancomangiare)


Mix the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of half & half into a bowl. Stir well to form a thick slurry.

Add the almonds and 2 tablespoons of sugar to a nonstick sauce pan. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring well.

Add the remaining half & half with the rest of the sugar, Stir well before cooking to a simmer (3-4 minutes).

Stir slowly while adding the cornstarch / half & half slurry. Cook for 4-6 minutes to thicken to a pudding-like consistency.

Pour into small dessert cups or martini glasses and cool in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

To serve, top with the chopped chocolate, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

Chef’s Tip:

If you prefer a perfectly smooth pudding, substitute 1 teaspoon of almond extract for the almonds. Optionally spike the dessert with 2-4 tablespoons of almond liqueur before placing in the refrigerator


4 tablespoons cornstarch

3 cups half & half

1 cup C&H white sugar

3/4 cup chopped almonds

1 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate

1 cup whipping cream

6 maraschino cherries