simple chocolate pudding

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Choc Pudding

Pudding is big in China. I’m talking tropical mango, lychee, every-color-of-the-rainbow big. All of that is really great, but I’ve always been a simple chocolate pudding kind of girl, and last I checked, the B in Roy G. Biv didn’t stand for brown. 

So simple chocolate pudding is what I craved while I was away and simple chocolate pudding is exactly what I made when I returned.  

I’d been meaning to give this recipe from Real Simple a try, but never got around to it. I’m not sure why, because it took all of 15 minutes to whip up, but better late than never (something I seem to be saying a lot these days). I’m just glad the recipe survived the many refrigerator-door cleanups since I first laid eyes on it over a year ago. I knew I kept it for a good reason. 

Choc Pudding2

The next time I make this, and there will be a next time, I’ll be using milk chocolate instead. I like my puddings sweet. It’s the Chinese in me, which as it happens is all of me. Enjoy!

chocolate pudding
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  3. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. pinch sea salt
  5. 2 cups whole milk
  6. 4 large egg yolks
  7. 3 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, chopped
  8. 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  9. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  10. whipped cream, for serving
Instructions
  1. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk, then the egg yolks.
  3. Cook the milk mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened to the consistency of mayonnaise, 7 to 8 minutes. Continue to cook, whisking, for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and pour through the sieve into the bowl, pushing the mixture through gently with a rubber spatula or spoon.
  4. Add the butter and chocolate and stir until melted. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
  6. Before serving, gently stir the pudding to loosen it. Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
Adapted from Real Simple
Adapted from Real Simple
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