For true _ and still healthy _ decadence, try a maple budino (recipe)

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This Nov. 9, 2015, photo, shows maple budino in Concord, N.H. This maple budino is a baked custard, but a stovetop version is also doable. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) This Nov. 9, 2015, photo, shows maple budino in Concord, N.H. This maple budino is a baked custard, but a stovetop version is also doable. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

By Melissa d’Arabian, Associated Press

Years ago, a friend took me to one of his favorite restaurants in New York City. Dinner was fantastic, the company riveting, but what stayed with me most was dessert: maple budino. One bite and I was smitten.

The pudding was luxuriously fatty and creamy, and the flavor was incredibly clean: maple and maybe a little floral vanilla. Budino is simply Italian for pudding, but this was unlike any pudding I’d ever eaten. For the record, I am a pudding fan. I grew up having “pudding parties” with my sister, the two of us making pudding out of the box, lightly scorching every saucepan in the house over the years.

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