I left boxed puddings in the dust long ago and over the years have occasionally dabbled in making them from scratch. But when I read the recipe for "the ultimate chocolate pudding" in the February issue of Real Simple, I knew I had to try it sooner than right away!
Well, in less than a week I've made it twice. I've also neglected to take a photo of it before it was totally scarfed down, which is why there is no photo of this rich, luscious dessert above my post! I kept telling myself to take a photo and I usually take it as soon after the recipe is made but this time, by the time I remembered, the pudding was gone . . . again.
Don't take my word for it but I would appreciate comments from those of you who do try it.
The Ultimate Chocolate Pudding
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder*
pinch of kosher salt
2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk, then the egg yolks.
Cook the milk mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened to the consistency of mayonnaise, 7 to 8 minutes. Continue to cook, whisking, for 1 minute more. Add the butter and chocolate and stir until melted. Mix in the vanilla.
Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding (which prevents a skin from forming on top of the pudding) and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to two days**. Before serving, gently stir the pudding to loosen it. Serve with whipped cream.
*cocoa powder -- I used Nestle's Special Dark cocoa powder and Baker's semi-sweet chocolate for the chopped chocolate.
**up to two days? It won't last that long, trust me.
The next time I make I'm going to use skim milk for the whole milk and faux eggs (as in EggBeaters) for the eggs. It might not be as rich and the consistency might be different but I'm trying to trim/eliminate as much of the cholesterol as I can.