Homemade Chocolate Pudding
I like homemade chocolate pudding. The thing about homemade chocolate pudding is that really it is almost as easy to make from scratch as making it from a box. Plus when you make it from scratch there is that sense of satisfaction of doing a job well done.
“I made this!” you can proclaim. Don’t get crazy though. Not like you built the Taj Mahal or wrote Bohemian Rhapsody. It is just chocolate pudding. And it is delicious!
I don’t know why I like chocolate pudding so much. It is almost like a comfort food to me. You know comfort foods? Food that provide consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking. (Wait, that pretty much describes almost everything I eat.)
Recently I was craving some chocolate pudding and I went searching for some box mix leftover from when I made EXXXtreme Chocolate Cake. I could not find the mix and remembered how easy the stuff is to make anyway so I jumped on Google to search for a recipe I have never tried before. That turned into a joke as you can read about here. Then I remembered my buddy Susan P. Cooper from FindingOurWayNow.com and I recalled she had a homemade chocolate pudding recipe. Kicking myself for not starting there first I cruised over to her site and grabbed the recipe.
(I wrote a note for myself to go back and leave a nice comment too ’cause that is what the ‘Cool Kids’ do. You should leave nice comments on peoples’ blogs. You wanna be a ‘Cool Kid’ right? Of course you do.)
So anyway, I grabbed the recipe and got ready to go to my happy place…
1 cup cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1) In a small container or bowl combine the cornstarch and 1/2 cup of milk. Whisk together until smooth and all lumps are removed.
2) In a medium saucepan, combine remaining milk, cream, salt and sugar stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cook over a medium-low heat until steam begins to rise from the surface.
3) Give the cornstarch a little whisk then slowly add it into the hot milk mixture incorporating fully. Raise the heat just a bit. Just a bit. Don’t get crazy. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, you know, just about the length of Kiss The Ring by Diamond Lane. Stir every so often until the mixture starts to thicken but not quite to the boiling point. You are looking for slow bubbles making a plopping sound when they emerge and pop. Think Le Brea Tar Pits…or The Beverly Hillbillies.
4) Lower the heat to very low stirring continuously for an additional 3 to 4 minutes until the pudding thickens. Your pudding is done when it starts to stick to the side of the pan. When you are there, add the butter, vanilla and chocolate chips, stirring until completed incorporated into the mix.
5) Whisk the hot chocolate pudding a bit at the end to smooth it out. (Hey, that’s an awesome name for a band- Hot Chocolate Pudding.)
6) Pour into a medium bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
7) Refrigerate your homemade chocolate pudding until chilled and thickened up a bit more.
You’ll get about six servings. Enjoy!
Wanna go to a happy place? Try out this recipe. You are gonna love it. Assuming you like chocolate and pudding. And if you don’t…well, really, that is just weird.
Oh yeah, and be a Cool Kid and leave a nice comment below. It is free and just takes a second and you will make my day.