October 19, 2008

Purin (Japanese-Style Custard Pudding)/プリン

The word "purin" derives from the English word "pudding", but in Japanese, it almost always means Japanese-style custard pudding. Originally, purin is made from milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla flavoring. You just simply mix all these ingredients together, strain, and steam them.
One thing you should know about purin is that it is huge in Japan. You can find premade purin sold at any supermarket.
So huge in fact that some Japanese say that one of their dreams is to have a bucketful of purin all by themselves.
Thus, there are things called "baketsu purin" (pudding in a bucket) in Japan.
I had thought about making my version of "baketsu purin" for weeks, and I actually made "bowl purin" (pudding in a bowl) instead. Here is a report:
"Bowl purin" (pudding in a bowl) 20 servings
2 liters of milk
5 boxes of purin mix
1 can of fruit cocktail
1 pack of whipped cream
These are the boxes of purin mix I used:

One box makes 4 servings, and requires 400 ml of milk. Thus, you will need 400 ml x 5 = 2,000 ml of milk in total.
1箱は4人分で、牛乳が400ml必要なので、合計400 ml x 5 = 2,000mlの牛乳が必要です。
Fruit cocktail and whipped cream are optional but preferred, because otherwise you will soon get tired of eating purin only.
Put 2 liters of milk in a big pot, and add all purin mix. Keep stirring on medium heat until a boil. Turn the heat low, and keep stirring for one minute.

Put cold water in a dishpan, and put the pot in the dishpan to let it cool to some degree.

Transfer into a bowl. When it has cooled down, put the bowl in the fridge. Because of the sheer volume, it may take quite a long time to set the purin. (I kept mine in the fridge for a whole day.)

Place a large plate on top of the bowl, and reverse them upside down quickly.
Et voila!

Photo taken at a different angle:

I let my son and daughter decorate the purin. My son draw a number three to celebrate our third moving-in anniversary.

My serving:

Verdict: Some dreams should never come true, and having baketsu purin should be one of them. Even my daughter, who likes anything sweet, didn't ask for another helping.


Amato said...

This is such a sweet story, you know…
Not only sweet because of the purin, but making this huge amount and then "some dreams shouldn’t come true". So cute.
(I can really imagine: you, your kids, cant move anymore because too much purin and empty bowls)
I would do the same...
My dream still is to have a bowl full of purin. :-)

I love Japanese purin, and already made the instant one you used.
It’s much different than german kind, not so heavy.
Now I use a "real" recipe, with eggs and milk.
I’m a very "sweet" person; this is why my name is "Amato". ;-)
I love sweets, especially Japanese sweets: mochi!
I also made your milk mochi, but used shiratamako instead of katakuriko, I liked it very much.
I had it with some kinako/maple sirup on top.
Do you know maple sirup mochi with pecan nuts?

Hiroyuki said...

Amato: Thanks for your comments about such an old post of mine!
Everyone has a stupid dream or two. I still have a stupid dream of having all sorts of sashimi from the Sea of Japan. I'd really like to visit Sado Island some day and make my dream come true.
When my kids were younger, I used to make simple purin quite often, using eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla essense. I used the microwave to set the purin. That was a long time ago, and I'm not sure whether I can make it successfully now.

Thanks for trying my milk mochi recipe! I used to make milk mochi for my kids when they were younger, too. I'd never imagined that there were people like you who actually tried my recipe!

I don't think there are many non-Japanese people who say they like mochi. In fact, I know there are many who say they don't like the texture of mochi. You must be very exceptional!

Maple syrup mochi with pecan nuts? No, I don't. But I do like anything flavored with maple syrup! My wife laughs at me when I buy something flavored with maple syrup!

Amato said...

I always liked your purin story very much.
You would be surprised, how many people really like mochi in Germany!
Of course not everybody, but there are only 2 possibilities: you love it or hate it. :-)
The problem I had, and many others, mochi aren’t easy to make, and you need a good recipe and a little knowledge abut the right rice flour.
Right now I started a mochi-series on my blog, so other people can learn how to make mochi.
Yes, maple syrup, I love maple syrup soo much! I put into everything too, if I can.
Here the recipe, Japanese site: ;-)
It is easy and tasty.

PS. such dreams aren’t stupid. This is what makes your life better, imagine, you wouldn’t have any dreams? What do you think, how many "stupid" dreams I have...
I would love to go to this Japanese wagashi university, do you know it?

Hiroyuki said...

Amato: Thanks for the clarification and the link. That reminds me: I have to make daifuku dusted with matcha!

You have a dream of coming to Japan and learn more about wagashi? It's not a stupid dream, and I hope you realize your dream some day!