Friday, September 19, 2008

Chocolate Pudding


In an effort to make this picture more exciting, I included my lovely cat gargoyle.


Usually I try to have a balance of things in my blog - unhealthy delicious baked goods, healthy baked goods, meals and the occasional dip or something. But recently all I seem to be posting about is baked goods! Not because I eat cookies and pudding for dinner but because my dinners haven't been that exciting and worth posting about. But no one can deny the excitement of baked goods, right?


Actually I'm not a huge pudding fan but my boyfriend is so I made this for him and he quite loved it. I've also made Dorie's chocolate pots de creme, and I think I prefer those. I'm not sure why I prefer it though - maybe because it's more custard like or something. I think there's a fine line between pots de creme and pudding. But both are delicious. And though this chocolate pudding recipe was very smooth and chocolatey, I will look for another recipe that's less of a pain to make and doesn't involve a food processor. Though I guess I could just make this recipe and omit the food processor.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Intense Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Coconut Cream Pie
Raspberry and White Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Cookie Bark

Chocolate Pudding
Adapted from Baking: From My Home To Yours

2 1/4 cups whole milk
6 tbsp sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped, melted and still warm
2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla

Have six ramekins or pudding cups, each holding 4 to 6 ounces (1/2 to 3/4 cup) at hand.

Bring 2 cups of the milk and 3 tablespoons of sugar to a boil in a medium pot.

While the milk is heating, put the cocoa, cornstarch and salt into a food processor and whir to blend. Dump it into a bowl. Put the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, the egg and egg yolks into the processor and blend for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the remaining 1/4 cup milk and pulse just to mix, then add the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to blend.

With the machine running, very slowly pour in the hot milk mixture. Process for a few seconds, then put everything back into the saucepan. Whisk without stopping over medium heat - making sure to get the edges of the pan - until the pudding thickens and a couple of bubbles burble up to the surface and pop (about 2 minutes but it might be shorter - take it off when it starts to seem thick). Lower the heat if necessary to prevent boiling.

Scrape the pudding back into the processor (if there's a scorched spot, avoid it as you scrape) and pulse a couple of times. Add the chocolate, butter and vanilla and pulse until everything is blended.

Pour the pudding into the ramekins. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

26 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

HAHA!! Love the gargoyle :0)

I've never really been a big pudding fan either (except for bread pudding - yum!!) - glad that your boyfriend enjoyed the luscious pudding you made!!

chandra said...

OMG - are you kidding me?? If only I would have waited 20 more minutes and seen your post... I was looking ALL over blogs I read for a chocolate pudding recipe tonight... I ended up just walking to the store to buy some... but at least now I know where to find the recipe. :)

Ricki said...

Looks wonderful (and I'm also a pudding fan!). Only you could make pudding look so good! :)

Rita said...

Your pudding looks very yummy, it didn't even need the 'cat accessory".
I like how it looks thick and not runny (yucky!!)

Vegetation said...

I adore your cat gargoyle! (I want one!!)

The pudding looks yummy too. I love chocolate anything so chocolate pudding is a definite :D

Joanna said...

that cat gargoyle sent me over the edge! thank you so much for including it! i had to wake up at 7 am this morning for work and that just made me feel a whole lot better! and i love chocolate pudding!i just posted a recipe on my site,too.

susan said...

i love your cat gargoyle!
and the pudding looks delicious.

Hannah said...

I don't make pudding very often, but that does sound pretty good. :)

giz said...

That gargoyle cat is something else - the keeper of the pudding. I love pudding and just never ever make it but when it's there I always ask myself why I don't make it. Go figure. Doesn't make any sense to me.

Johanna said...

I confess I don't understand America's idea of chocolate pudding - in Australia it is baked sponge and gooey sauce which I prefer. But I really want a cat gargoyle just like yours! It might just be able to lure me to love the pudding!

Grace said...

sadly, i've never made my own chocolate pudding. my experience with it begins and ends with jello instant pudding, which is probably why i don't particularly care for it. :) yours looks mighty luscious, and i love the gargoyle standing guard. :)

Erin said...

This looks delicious! I didn't get to make this when it was chosen for TWD, but I've been meaning to go back and make it.

bbaking said...

oooh that looks mouthwateringly delicous!

katiez said...

Absolutley divine! Rich, creamy, dark....
Can I have the gargoyle?

Snooky doodle said...

I don t like pudding usually. However this chocolate pudding looks so creamy, its tempting me

Holler said...

I have copied this one down, it sounds divine. I love your cat gargoyle, it made me laugh :)

Sophie said...

What a sweet treat to make for your boyfriend :). My hubby's more of a fan of puddings than I am, and he drools over everything chocolate -- so I'm saving this recipe! :)

Usha said...

your chocolate pudding looks immensely tempting...wish I could just dig into that one..

Deborah said...

I don't mind if you keep posting sweets!! And I've never made pudding from scratch - I think it's about time I tried!

Andy said...

Those look great. Don't stop with the baked goods!

Parker said...

I am a pudding fan, buterscotch being my fav and chocolate and vanilla as runner ups. Guess it reminds me of childhood. This one looks great.

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Janna said...

That pudding looks goooooood. :)

The Happy Vegetarian said...

That pudding looks simply divine.

And the cat-gargoyle would fend me off from having the 2nd, 3rd or quite possibly the 4th helping ;)

mikky said...

mmmm...looks so rich and sinfully delicious!!! :)

kimberleyblue said...

Your cat gargoyle certainly is nice, but I think that chocolate pudding looks fantastic enough to stand on its own - YUM!