The Budino (boo-dee-no) Piemontese or Piemonte pudding is one of those basic desserts of Piedmontese cuisine, never missed at the end of a good meal or a snack.
I can still remember the smell of budino baking on the stove in my grandmother’s house. It was prepared once for the whole week. My grandmother was used to prepare it for my snacks.
She always said that milk, sugar and eggs were the best nourishment for two legs always in a hurry as those of the children. Today, cow’s milk is a food particularly controversial, but for me the taste of the pudding is a reminiscent of my childhood, and is just like the warm embrace of my grandmother after I peeled a knee in the backyard.
It’s not a secret, for me, cooking and food are therapeutic. So this pudding, made of simple and ancient foods is still a great “friend” who comforts me at the end of the most difficult days.
It’s a vanilla pudding with the addition of an ingredient used in the preparation of Piemonte desserts: the amaretti biscuits.
If you are looking for something simple but delicious and impressive for a family dinner or for some festivity try to prepare it. The amaretti biscuits are essential, if you do not find them try adding chopped hazelnuts and walnuts. The taste is not the same, but they are ingredients that were used to enrich the puddings in the homes of the peasants of Piedmont.