In the times of being a child, the one who brought a precious pudding cup to school in their lunch bag was more than likely the target of horrible lunch time teasing.
I’m lucky in that this was the extent of my tumultuous childhood conflicts; endure the teasing of eating something that resembled a bodily function output, never mind how tasty this pudding cup was? I’m sad to say, I never encouraged the inclusion of such pudding in my lunch, as I didn’t want to be the center of such attentions.
With this childhood rooting I seemed to have banished chocolate pudding from my adulthood as well. Whenever a sweet chocolate fit would strike, brownies, mousses, and cookies found their ways into my repertoire, but the simple pudding remained shunned.
In a recent fit of dessert longing and chocolate craving, Sweets offered up this simple exclamation: pudding!
To appease him, I looked up a recipe on Epicurious, and came upon a Double Chocolate Pudding. The ingredients are simple and to the point- the recipe is quite straightforward. We cooked up a batch that night and even ate it warm…
Oh, I forgot how good pudding is! And eaten slightly warmed seems to increase the flavors even more. Its rich, filling, a good way to revel in a particularly wonderful specialty chocolate. This pudding is a good in small amounts, to be savored in cute little cups.
Double Chocolate Pudding
This recipe is a slight revision of the one found on Epicurious. With a good chocolate that doesn’t contain dairy, this recipe can easily be made vegan.
In a saucepan, whisk to combine:
- sugar, 3/4 cup
- cocoa powder, 1/3 cup
- corn starch, 3 Tbs
- salt, 1/4 tsp
Put the saucepan over medium heat and have ready 2 1/2 cups of dairy:
- Be it soy milk, half and half, milk, or a some mixture of all of the above, your results will be wonderful.
Gradually whisk in the dairy component, and bring the mixture to a boil.
Remove from the heat and stir into the hot pudding 3 ounces of grated eating chocolate and 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla.
Allow to cool slightly before eating, or cool with plastic making contact with the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
I imagine this pudding would respond well to the dairy portion being decreased with a simultaneous inclusion of rum to make up the missing volume!