Thursday, July 27, 2006

 

Homemade chocolate pudding

Can also be used as pie filling.

1 C sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2-1/2 C whole milk
5 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
4 oz. unsweeted chocolate, finely chopped

Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk. Add egg yolks and whisk until no yellow pieces are left and the yolks are fully incorporated.

Place saucepan on the stove and heat to medium, constantly stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan with a heatproof rubber spatula or wooden spoon. If the spatula/spoon has stuff on it where you scraped the pan, the heat may be too high. If the stuff is brownish in color, your heat is definitely too high. When the mixture just begins to simmer, remove from the burner and allow to cool briefly. Place back on the burner (that's still on) and allow the mixture to reach a simmer again. Simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, chocolate and butter.

Immediately pour pudding into a bowl or prepared pie crust. Place plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding to prevent a film from forming. Allow to chill; when serving, garnish with whipped cream. Bon appetit!

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