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Monday, September 28, 2015

Luscious Deep Chocolate Pudding


   Sometimes you just want a little chocolate pudding.  There is just something so comforting about it.  Now, you could run to the store and buy a box of mix.  Then all you have to do is stir in the milk and let it sit.  Or you can do something that is almost as easy and tastes twice as good.  Chances are you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already, and as a bonus you get to sneak a little warm pudding to tide you over until it cools!  

    In my book those are all wins!   This pudding's chocolate flavor is so deep and delicious.  I added some instant coffee to really round out the chocolate flavor, though you certainly don't have to.  It is sweet enough, but not too sweet.  It is smooth and luscious and a perfect treat that will remind you of childhood while still pleasing your adult pallet. 



     Making the pudding really isn't hard at all.  You just whisk together the dry ingredients, then the cold milk.  This next step is time consuming, but easy.  Just get comfortable and ready to hang out over the stove for a little bit.  You want to bring up the temperature of the milk slowly until the pudding is thickened.  True, it may take ten or fifteen minutes, but the results are worth it!

     Besides you waste time on much sillier things than that!



     Just when it seems like it is never going to happen, the mixture starts to thicken.  All of the sudden it goes from seemingly a lost cause to really moving fast.  Once it seems like it is reaching pudding consistency, check to make sure it really coats the back of a spoon.  All that is left is stirring in the butter and vanilla, a quick taste test and off to the fridge. 

     See, that wasn't so hard!



Luscious Deep Chocolate Pudding
Makes about 6 servings or plenty for a deep dish pie

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp instant coffee granules (optional)
4 T corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
3 1/4 cups milk
2 T butter
1 tsp vanilla extract (coffee or orange liqueur would be great too!)

  1. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, coffee, corn starch and salt.  Add 1 cup of the milk and whisk vigorously until smooth.  This is your chance to get all the lumps out.  Whisk in additional milk.
  2. Place pan over low heat and whisk VERY frequently for the first five minutes.  Be sure to get the edges of the pan, you don't want anything to scald.
  3. After 5 minutes, start whisking constantly.  It is important that you don't lose your patience and turn up the heat, it will thicken.  
  4. Once the mixture is thick enough to really coat a spoon, remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla.
  5. Pour into serving dishes or pie crust.  Cover with plastic wrap allowing the plastic wrap to actually touch the surface of the pudding.  Refrigerate until chilled through (1-2 hours depending on size of serving dish)




33 comments:

  1. Hi Carlee,
    Your homemade chocolate pudding looks so good.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Julie

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    1. If I am in the right mood I find stirring pudding or risotto or anything like that to be relaxing and fun... the pudding is a great bonus at the end! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  2. I haven't had pudding in a coon's age. I think I might need to give this a try ;)

    xo,
    rue

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    1. I don't tend to make it much during the spring and summer, so it had been a while for me too! There is something so satisfying about making it from scratch.

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  3. Of all the dessert I make, I have never made homemade pudding. Definitely must try!

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  4. I am usually a lemon girl, but every once in awhile chocolate is required. :)

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  5. Oh man...this sounds SO amazing! I've pinned it! YUMMY!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you for hosting! Pudding was definitely a childhood favorite of mine so i have to make some every now and then!

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  6. Well THAT looks sinful! LOVE chocolate pudding. I bet it's even better from scratch. ;)

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  7. This recipe looks so delicious and easy to make! Pinning! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. Thank you! I enjoy making it and really enjoy eating it!! Thanks for hosting!

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  8. Sounds fantastic! I love chocolate pudding but definitely don't eat it enough. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Pudding is definitely one of those simple pleasures. I don't think to make it that often either, but really do enjoy it when I have it.

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  9. Here from Miz Helen's and your pudding looks and sounds like one I would really like.
    I'll make it for dinner tonight....thanks.

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  10. Hi Carlee, Ooh homemade pudding sounds yummy. Would love for you to come link up with us tonight at 7pm EST at Throwback Thursday link party! Visit us at http://tornadoughalli.com or http://dadwhats4dinner.com to link up! Can't wait to see you there and invite your friends!

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    1. Pinned! Thanks for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to join. Have a great week!

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  11. Homemade chocolate pudding is the best, this looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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  12. I'm licking my lips right now! Looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. We truly appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please stop by and party with us again. The party starts Monday at 7 pm and ends on Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  13. oh how I love homemade pudding! I have to ration it or else I will eat it all and this pudding looks like I might eat it all before it even makes it to the fridge! This would be perfect in an after dinner parfait for dessert! Thank you for linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us this week!

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    1. I know, I find warm pudding to be super dangerous too! I love the idea of a parfait too. Thank you so much for hosting!

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  14. OOOH! Would this be good in a pie as well? Yummy! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things Link Party!! Come back again!! Pinned!

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    1. I would certainly think so! It thickened up really nicely, so I don't see why it wouldn't work. Thanks so much for hosting.

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  15. Mm mm mm. Chocolate pudding is one of my favorite comfort desserts. That and tapioca. Love this recipe. Thanks for bringing it to #SaucySaturdays.

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    1. I love tapioca pudding too! Top two puddings for sure!

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  16. Looks so yummy - I'm liking the extra chocolateyness! (and your whisk) :)

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    1. Thank you! It really was good and I love that whisk. You can make it a flat whisk as well!

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