Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 29th July 2011

What do you make for dessert when your air conditioner is on the fritz in the middle of a heat wave? – A simple Italian dessert, Budino alla Vaniglia dressed up with a layer of Gelatina di Mirtilli (Blueberry Jelly) and topped with a fresh summer Salsa di Mirtilli with Crème de Cassis (Blueberry Sauce).  Blueberries are at their best here in Ontario.  The berries are plump with a deep rich colour and so sweet and juicy.

A photo of an Italian Dessert, Budino alla Vaniglia layered with Gelatina di Mirtilli (Blueberry Jelly) and topped with Salsa di Mirtilli (Blueberry Sauce) served on small white dessert dishes.

Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits.  I purchase flats and flats of them during the growing season and freeze for use all year round.  The kids always complain after the summer season because the freezer is full to the brim with jams, berries and vegetables. I have a huge freezer but there never seems to be enough room.

A photo of an empty jar of blueberry sauce.

I know the frozen fruits available at the grocery stores are really very good but it always tastes so much better when I harvest the season with my own two hands, does that make sense?  It’s funny the kids never complain when they are enjoying the taste of summer in December.

A photo of an Italian Pudding, Budino layered with Blueberry Jelly and topped with Blueberry Sauce.

I think I may have mentioned that growing up we didn’t enjoy dessert on a daily basis it was generally saved for special occasions and holidays.  But fresh fruit and ice cream were always in abundance and of course we enjoyed amazing Italian pastries from the bakery once a week.  The one treat I do remember enjoying was Vanilla Pudding (Budino).

A photo of 3 Italian desserts, mini Budino layered with blueberry gelee and topped with blueberry sauce made with Creme de Cassis.

I drove my Mom crazy I’m sure because I recall pulling on her apron the entire time she was preparing the pudding and asking, e’ fatto (is it done)?  And I could never wait for it to cool; I loved it piping hot.  The only thing that could make the pudding taste even better was if my Mom decided to add chocolate – the anticipation was almost too much to handle.

A photo of an Italian dessert, Budino alla Vaniglia on a white dessert dish with an empty jar of blueberry sauce set on top of a green check cloth napkin.

Fast forward all these years later and a simple pudding is still one of my favourite indulgences (piping hot of course!).  But now I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy desserts to serve especially when I’m hosting a family get together.

A photo of three Italian Desserts, mini Budino alla Vaniglia with Blueberries displayed in a row (one behind the other) on a white rectangular dish.

These mini desserts are quick and easy to prepare, you can double, triple and in my case sextuple the recipe and best of all – the preparations can be done a day or two ahead of time.

A photo of a sheet of parchment paper with the outline of a mini Italian dessert, Budino.

Just before serving, pop the puddings out of the moulds and top with Blueberry Sauce. You can also bypass the moulds and layer the separate dessert elements in glasses.

A photo of mini Italian desserts, Budino, on white dessert dishes and a jar of blueberry sauce, displayed on a white serving tray.

These make for a perfect summer dessert highlighting seasonal berries.  But don’t save Budino just for summer, during the winter months you could layer these mini desserts with a Budino al Caffè (coffee pudding) or Budino al Cioccolato e Cannella (chocolate and cinnamon).

A photo of an Italian mini dessert, budino with blueberry gelee and blueberry sauce on a white dish.

Budino may be a simple Italian pudding but it’s a simple, mouth-watering, rich and creamy pudding!

A photo of a spoon in an empty jar of Crème de Cassis-Blueberry Sauce along side 2 daisies.

A photo of Italian Desserts, Budino alla Vaniglia con Gelatina di Mirtilli e Salsa di Mirtilli {Vanilla Pudding with Blueberry Jelly and Blueberry Sauce} displayed on dessert dishes and displayed with a spoon in a jar of Blueberry Sauce.

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Comments (26)

26 Responses to “Vanilla Pudding with Blueberry Sauce {Budino alla Vaniglia con Salsa di Mirtilli}”

  1. Nancy G. Says:

    What kind of mold did you use? I would love to try these.

  2. Grace Says:

    Hi Nancy, I just bought a bunch of new silkiomart silicone flex moulds from Design Realisation, when the box arrived you’d think I was a kid at Christmas. I will email you the link.

  3. Julia Says:

    Looks Delicious! You know, it kind of looks like a blueberry cheesecake! That’s what I thought it was before I read the title !

  4. Grace Says:

    Too funny Julia when I was looking at the pics this morning I thought the same thing. Looks very similar to blueberry cheesecakes I made a little while back.

  5. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    This looks amazing! I love any dessert that includes blueberries so I’m sure I’d enjoy this.

  6. Kathleen Says:

    Everything you make is artistically sooo beautiful!!!

  7. Grace Says:

    Thank you Kathleen, you’ve made my day!

  8. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom Says:

    Those look divine! OMY! (oh my yum)

  9. marla Says:

    Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits too & this pudding is a great way to use them!

  10. Jeanette Says:

    What a stunning dessert, with the dark blueberry sauce on top of the white vanilla pudding. I buy blueberries for as long as they’re in season.

  11. Grace Says:

    Jeanette are you as obsessive as me in harvesting?

  12. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel Says:

    Forget the delicious dessert which my family would totally devour … I want to steal that gorgeous spoon!! :)

  13. Grace Says:

    Rachel that’s my $2 find at the flea market, couldn’t believe how lucky I was that day. Too funny you mentioned the spoon I’ve been on the net all night trying to find unique dessert spoons, they are so hard to come by.

  14. SMITH BITES Says:

    oh gosh Grace – LUUUUVVVVVV this dessert!!! i can’t seem to get enough of these babies during the summer – can’t wait to try my hand at making this one!

  15. Charlie Says:

    Where in Ontario are you!

    I was born and raised in Paris, Ontario

  16. Grace Says:

    We are so close, I’m in London.

  17. Lilly Says:

    Such a great dessert, the blueberries are so PLUMP! Your pictures are stunning!

  18. Maria Says:

    Gorgeous dessert!

  19. Anne@frommysweetheart Says:

    Grace….these are just visually stunning desserts! I love, love, love blueberries…so I imagine how sweet and rich these are! I love that spoon! And your photography is amazing! : )

  20. Lokness Says:

    I love the layers! So beautiful…..

  21. Laz Says:

    Fantastic flavor combination and elegant presentation.


  22. Sonya Says:

    Thanks Grace for such a lovely treat

  23. annie Says:

    hey Grace these are great!! Thanks!!
    Pd.. Its not la mia vita dolce but la mia dolce vita, just in case you want to change that

  24. Grace Says:

    Hi Annie – thanks – “La Mia Vita Dolce” can be termed both ways, would have preferred the other way around but it was already taken – I was a little too late to the draw.

  25. Curt Says:

    That looks very rich. And very tasty too!

  26. Ambika Says:

    Wow! Such a yummy recipe, loved the photos!!

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