Chocolate Pudding

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This delicious Chocolate Pudding will have everyone raving and asking for more! 

Hey friends! I am thrilled to introduce to you Allison from AllisonSklar.com. She is my newest contributor and she is amazing! She is a professional chef and photographer, and her recipes are so great. I’ll let her take it away…

Allison is a Montrealer who hates the cold, loves bagels and likes to make upcycled crafts in her spare time. She is an elementary art teacher by day and professional pastry chef by night. Allison studied traditional photography back in college and started taking pictures of her food way before Instagram or camera phones even existed. How’s that for hipster? Allison is an advocate of plant-based diets, and she eats mostly vegetarian diet at home, but she does not like to label herself. She loves a colourful plate of food, and she believes that plants are the healthiest things that people can consume, but beware – she will fight you for a grilled cheese sandwich.

Ah, chocolate! Comfort food in its purest form. As a child, I remember the incredible excitement whenever I opened up my lunchbox to find a highly coveted Magic Moments pudding cup. My smile grew extra wide if I opened the lid to find out that it was chocolate flavoured!

Fast forward about 20 years, and chocolate pudding still holds a special place in my heart. Over time, I’ve slowly traded in the processed plastic-container variety for the more wholesome, richer, tastier stovetop version. Did you know that pudding can easily be made in the kitchen with just a few simple ingredients? You likely have everything that you need right at this moment! Follow the recipe and turn a bit of chocolate, some milk, egg yolks & a bit of sugar into something magically velvety, rich, creamy and satisfying. Have it as a pleasurable after-dinner treat or, spoon it into mason jars for a portable snack that’ll have your colleagues jealous.

As a pastry chef, if I am invited somewhere, it is generally implied/expected/required that I bring dessert. I usually spring for something quick and crowd-pleasing, such as fudge brownies, cookies or squares. Sometimes I get fancy and bring a whole decorated cake. This past weekend, however, I took a chance and showed up to a dinner party with a giant bowl of chocolate pudding. Was it a hit? Well, I definitely caught a glimpse of someone licking her serving dish. The proof is in the pudding!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a saucepan and a whisk, and let’s puddin’ a little effort!

Chocolate Pudding
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Zest from 1 orange (optional, but delicious)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup good quality dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 4 egg yolks
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, cornstarch, cinnamon and orange zest. Slowly add milk. Whisk in egg yolks and vanilla until mixture is homogenous. Set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, in a large saucepan, bring 2 cups milk and half of the sugar to a gentle simmer. Add chocolate and stir until melted.
  3. Add about half of hot milk mixture to cocoa & egg mixture while whisking constantly. This step is known as tempering and is CRUCIAL to ensure that your egg yolks don’t curdle.
  4. Pour everything back into saucepan.
  5. Whisk slowly as you bring pudding to a gentle boil. Continue cooking and whisking until pudding thickens, about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer to large bowl, placing plastic wrap directly onto the pudding to stop it from forming a skin. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  7. To serve, spoon into small bowls, ramekins or small mason jars for a portable version!

Recipe from: AllisonSklar.com


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