Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chocolate Pudding Goodness

I am of the general opinion that home made anything is better than commercially produced. For some things, home made is a little better. For others, there is just no comparison. Chocolate Pudding is one of those things. If you have never had home made pudding (chocolate and tapioca are our family favorites) you really don't know what you are missing. I am not talking about the rather bland, gelatinous goop that comes in a small plastic cup from the grocery. Not even the powdered stuff that you 'cook' up yourself at home. I mean the real, honest to goodness, decadent, creamy and still warm from the pot delicacy.

Today as a special treat, I made up some home made chocolate pudding and fresh whipped cream for desert. 'Cause I don't want to be greedy with something this special, here is the recipe.

Chocolate Pudding

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup warm water
Chocolate (optional)
2 cups cream or milk (divided)
3 Tbsp corn starch
1 1/2 Tsp vanilla

Combine the sugar, cocoa, salt and warm water in a pot. Whisk over medium heat until combined. Remove from heat and stir in additional chocolate, if desired. I tend to use up a little bit of whatever chocolate we have around the house - today it was milk chocolate Easter eggs. Just add a few, and stir until melted. Return to heat, and whisk in 1 3/4 cups cream or milk. The original recipe calls for 10% cream, which is truly heavenly, but I usually use 2% milk and it is still wonderful. Whisk together the remaining milk and corn starch, and then whisk that into the chocolate mixture. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Let cool slightly, but it really is best served warm. Quick, easy, and fabulous. What else could you ask for?

Responses to the fresh chocolate pudding and whipped cream:
William: God bless home made!!
Charlie: I want to marry this stuff!!!
Need I say more?

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