Red Velvet Pudding with Meringue Bones

Homemade Red Velvet Pudding and Meringue Bones

Halloween may still be three weeks away, but things are starting to get seriously creepy around here. While developing this recipe, I glanced down at my sink to discover a culinary crime scene complete with red food coloring stains and meringue shards. Straight up blood and bones.

Culinary Crime Scene

And while setting up the shot below, I accidentally knocked over one of the glasses. I quickly snapped another photo, not realizing the thick trickle of pudding down the side of the glass. But as eerie as this blood and bones matchup may be, it’s equally as addicting as a spooky sweet finale this Halloween.

Homemade pudding is a simple solution to the store-bought variety, especially when you kick it up with sour cream and cocoa powder for red velvet’s characteristic taste. Just imagine the classic cake, but in creamy, cool form. You’ll want to skip the spoons in favor of meringue bones, which make scooping and snacking a crunchy, spirited affair.

Homemade Red Velvet Pudding and Meringue Bones

And a huge congratulations to the winner of the KitchenAid stand mixer giveaway! The winner, as chosen by out of the more than 885 comments, is Danielle (comment #185), who is ready to put her new stand mixer to the test with Pumpkin Whoopie Pies!

Homemade Red Velvet Pudding

Homemade Red Velvet Pudding

Homemade Meringue

How to Make Meringue Bones

Meringue Bones

Homemade Red Velvet Pudding and Broken Meringue Bones

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Red Velvet Pudding with Meringue Bones

Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Prep Time: 3 hours (includes chilling)

Cook Time: 2 hours


For the pudding:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons red food coloring

For the meringue bones:
4 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar

Special Equipment: 1/2-inch-wide pastry tip (such as Wilton #1A)


Make the pudding:
In a large, heavy saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt.

Gradually whisk in the milk, then whisk in the heavy cream and sour cream until combined.

Cook the mixture over medium-high heat, whisking intermittently, until it comes to a boil. Boil until thick, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes.

Remove the mixture from the heat and strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl. Whisk in the vanilla and red food coloring. Allow pudding to cool 5 minutes.

Refrigerate pudding, uncovered, for at least 2 hours until cold. (See Kelly's Notes.)

Make the meringue:
Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites with the salt until they just hold soft peaks. With the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar and continue to beat at high speed until the meringue holds stiff, glossy peaks.

Secure the parchment paper to the baking sheets with dabs of meringue.

Spoon a portion of the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch-wide tip and pipe bones about 1 inch apart. Add more meringue to the pastry bag and pipe more bones in the same manner on the other baking sheet.

Bake the bones in the oven, switching the position of the sheets halfway through baking, until crisp but still white, about 2 hours.

Turn off the oven and cool the meringue bones in the oven for 1 hour, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

For serving:
Portion the pudding into cups and serve with the meringue bones to use as spoons.

Kelly's Notes:

The pudding will firm up as it chills.

You can make the pudding up to 1 day in advance and keep it refrigerated, covered, until ready to serve.

The cornstarch must come to a boil in order for it to properly thicken the pudding.


24 Responses to “Red Velvet Pudding with Meringue Bones”

  1. #
    RavieNomNoms — October 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    What a cute idea for Halloween!

  2. #
    kristy @ the wicked noodle — October 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

    These are fabulous, Kel!!

  3. #
    Genet — October 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Fun! Could go for some right now the second pot of coffee I just brewed!

  4. #
    Julia @ Live Pretty — October 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

    What a great idea, an something that I could actually do pastry-wise :-)

  5. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

    These are the perfect Halloween spooky treat!

  6. #
    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — October 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    What a great spooky treat!

  7. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Okay, this is just too cute! I definitely have to make these for Halloween!

  8. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — October 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This has got to be the cutest thing I’ve seen. I love this – will definitely be making it for halloween!

  9. #
    Kim Bee — October 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

    What an adorable idea. I love this. You are a total genius.

  10. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — October 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

    these look just perfect!

  11. #
    Swathi — October 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    That is really cute idea, Love this spooky treat.

  12. #
    Kristen @ The Endless Meal — October 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! Cute and creepy at the same time :)

  13. #
    Noma — October 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Too cute! I love them! You are a creative genius for sure!

  14. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Oh this is right up my alley! I LOVE spooky Halloween treats–PINNED!

  15. #
    Rosanna — October 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I love it!! Totally morbid and delicious. I can’t wait to try these.

  16. #
    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — October 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    these Meringue Bones look perfect for Halloween! I’ve never made pudding from scratch so I’ll totally have to try that out!

  17. #
    Joanne @ Inspired Taste — October 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    These are absolutely fabulous! So perfect for Halloween!

  18. #
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