Beestings is an age-old ingredient that can be purchased in speciality cheese shops and stores that specialise in fine gourmet foods. Beestings is among the first milk produced by a cow after birthing, and therefore is much thicker and richer than ordinary milk or cream. Beestings pudding is a traditional dessert from Finland, but it has been adopted by many chefs in different parts of the world, often with slight variations.
Preheat the oven to 204 degrees C.
Grease a 2 litre ovenproof baking dish with butter.
In a mixing bowl, mix 1 tsp salt with 8 cups beestings by hand. Pour this mixture into the greased baking dish.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the mixture has become firm and the top begins to brown in small areas.
Wait 10 to 15 minutes before cutting the pudding into slices. Traditional beestings pudding is typically served in a rectangular shape, though some chefs have used different shapes and even moulds.
Mix the caster sugar and ground cinnamon in a bowl. Using your fingers, lightly dust the pudding with the mixture. Serve while hot.
- Traditional Recipes from Finland; O'Connor, Irene; 1966
- Do not try to brown the entire top of the pudding, as this will change the consistency of the inside. Wait only until small portions of the top have browned to remove the pudding from the oven.