Sunday, April 10, 2011

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade pudding is one of life's simple graces.  It's sweet, chocolatey, and satisfying.  My favorite part is the top layer of the pudding after it has cooled.  My children, on the other hand, enjoy everything about this treat.  We celebrate the beginning of school each year with a batch of pudding and it's something they can look forward to when they get home from their first day in a new grade.  I do make it several other times in a year, but usually when I have some milk that needs to be used. 

In my last post, I mentioned that I found a jug of milk that was close to spoiling.  To prevent throwing out good milk and wasting money, I decided to use as much as I could.  Can you say pudding?

Here is our recipe that works as a pudding or pie filling:

Chocolate Pudding or Pie Filling
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
3 cups milk
2 or 3 egg yolks-  reserve the whites for a meringue or to add to an omelet/scrambled eggs
1/4 to 1/2 cup shaved chocolate bar or milk chocolate chips (today we used Hershey Kisses!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

Mix sugar, cornstarch, flour, and cocoa together.  Add 1/2 cup milk and whisk well.  Stir in remaining milk and beat.  Add egg yolks and whisk well.  Cook until thick, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add your chocolate pieces.  Mix until they are melted and add your vanilla and salt.  Eat as a pudding or use in a pie.

I pour the pudding into individual cups and refrigerate for a few hours.  Then we top the cups with whipped cream. 

The only problem we have with this recipe is fighting over who gets to lick the pan, spoon, or whisk.  It's also an ideal way to dispose of leftover chocolate bunnies after Easter.  They melt really well.