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Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

April 7, 2008

Sometimes I just need the comfort of pudding to make things right in my world.  There is something about the smooth texture, slight chill and sweet chocolate goodness that can ease anything from extracted wisdom teeth to a broken heart.  It can even ease the pain of a crazy concoction your Mom may have tried to pass off as dinner.

I would say that this pudding is also comforting because it’s the way Mom used to make… but my Mom never actually made pudding.  It’s fine really, no hard feelings!  I have oodles of love for my Mom.  Hot dog casserole was more her kitchen niche.   And even that sometimes turned out purple.  I think the purple had something to do with cabbage, which is totally bad news.  As if hot dog casserole isn’t bad enough news.  Oh Mom.  She’ll never live down that tragic dinner.

Now, back to the chocolate!

This pudding is a breeze to make!  I toasted some marshmallow on top of mine before I dug in to eat.  The oh so slight crunch of the toasted marshmallow was perfect on top of the smooth chocolate.  So yummy!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

Gourmet Cookbook

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1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

pinch of salt

2 cups whole milk

1 large egg

4 ounces good semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped

Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then gradually whisk in the milk.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and boil, whisking, until pudding is thick, 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Immediately beat eggs lightly in a medium heat proof bowl, then very gradually add hot pudding to the egg, whisking constantly.  Whisk in chopped chocolate until smooth.

Pour pudding into ramekins or custard cups and cover surface each with wax paper to prevent a skin from forming.  Refrigerate, covered, until cool, at least 2 hours.

Serve pudding with toasted marshmallows or whipped cream!


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  • Thanks a lot for this! I’ve never made pudding myself before, except for the instant powder stuff. Inspired by your post, I tried it, and it’s really a breeze! It’s cheaper than the stuff you buy, doesn’t take longer than the powder, and imagine all the things you can do with it!
    I want to try the recipe with vanilla and white chocolate, with roasted almonds, with nougat and milk chocolate, with dulce the leche and/or caramel sauce, with dark chocolate and chili, with chocolate and Grand Manier…

  • This looks awesome, and it’s true – chocolate can heal (or really really help with) almost anything!

  • Mmmmm. Chocolate pudding for me brings back memories of my Mom making it. She made the boxed Jello kind… but at least it was the cooking kind and not the instant! I’ll have a bite please!

  • This looks so good! I just made some chocolate pudding that did not turn out at all. I definitely will give your recipe a try. Thanks!

  • Joy, this is just what I needed right now to make my day much better!

  • Wow- that looks so good. I wish I had a spoon to dig right in!

  • There is such comfort in a pudding – I gravitate towards the rice variety, not being a chocolate fan, but I love the idea of the toasted marshmallow. I wonder if it would be possible to do a graham-cracker crust under the puddings for a mini-pie…

  • Forget the campfire. A box of graham crackers and a giant troph of this pudding and I am in comfort food heaven. Now I can achieve this state of mind in while sitting on my couch. This could produce dangerous results!

  • Mmmm… sounds so yummy. I was always more of a “cream” pie girl growing up and chocolate pudding pies were always my favorite. As for the hot dog casserole, just to make your mom feel slightly better – my dad made baked potatoes with scrambled eggs and tomato soup on top. Seriously.

  • Oh, that looks so good with the toasted marshmallow on top!

  • Looks fantastic! I love the addition of marshmallows on top – how yummy!

  • Sounds simply sinful! I am laughing at your description of the hot dog casserole. I have to admit it’s kind of making my stomach turn so early on a Monday morning. =-) At least now I don’t feel so bad for some of my kitchen disasters over the years.

  • The marshmallow topping is a nice addition to an luscious dessert. I used to make the boxed instant pudding but now that I am a big girl, it’s homemade :)

  • Lovely! I adore chocolate pudding and have fond memories of stirring 8′s in a pan of jello (never instant) pudding. I hadn’t thought of making it myself until recently and now I am searching for that perfect recipe! Can’t wait to try this!

  • Your poor mom. I have a few of those “memorable” dishes that I’m never going to live down – peas, meatloaf and gagging seem to all be in the same sentence.

    The pudding looks yummy

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