Tuesday, December 16, 2008

80. Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding (p. 824)

Pudding always makes me smile. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I can't help associating pudding with Bill Cosby and those commercials he used to do for Jello. Or maybe it's because cool, creamy chocolate-y pudding just makes you feel good.

Up until now, pudding always came from a box for me. But after making this recipe*, I don't think I'll make boxed pudding again. The recipe is pretty easy. I started by whisking together some sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Then I whisked in some whole milk and brought it to a boil for a few minutes. Next, I poured the hot milk mixture in a slow stream into a bowl with a beaten egg, whisking the whole time. Finally I whisked in some chopped semisweet chocolate until it was melted and smooth.

I poured the pudding into four ramekins and put it in the refrigerator to chill. I followed The Book's instruction about covering the surface of the pudding with wax paper to prevent a skin from forming. But, who ever said that pudding skin is a bad thing?

I served the pudding with some fresh whipped cream. How did it taste? Like childhood in a bowl. And like Bill Cosby said, "you can't be a kid without it."

Date Cooked: November 23, 2008
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Rating: A

* This recipe is not on epicurious.com.


Jessica said...

Bill Cosby--now that's terrific :)

Anonymous said...

I will have to give home-made pudding a try until now I have only done boxes.

Liz C said...

I love pudding skin! For some reason my 9yo son does not like pudding. That's almost enough for me to question whether he's really my son. Almost.