Chocolate pudding...from scratch!

I don't know what got into me today, but for some crazy reason I decided to make chocolate pudding from scratch. It all started when my Better Homes & Gardens magazine came in the mail last week. In it there was a section on enjoying chocolate in low-fat recipes. (Um, yes please). There was a recipe for chocolate pudding included and I thought I'd give it a try. It was actually pretty tasty and very rich. It was a bit soupy, but I'm wondering if it will firm up after being left in the refrigerator over night. I'll let you know tomorrow. Recipe below, courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens.

Rich and Creamy Chocolate Pudding:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T. cornstarch
1 tsp. instant espresso coffee powder or instant coffee crystals
2 c. fat-free milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 banana, sliced (optional)
1 T. chopped crystallized ginger (optional)

1. In a medium saucepan combine sugars, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and coffee. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
2. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into egg in a medium bowl. Add egg mixture to milk mixture in saucepan, stirring constantly. Return saucepan to heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.
3. Place saucepan in a very large bowl half-filled with ice water. Stir pudding constantly for 2 minutes to cool quickly. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 to 24 hours. To serve, top with sliced banana and/or crystallized ginger.

**FYI: The coffee is meant to bring out the flavor in the chocolate, not flavor the pudding. You can hardly taste it.


Julie said...

You'll have to add that one to the tastebook.

Anonymous said...

Grandma Net has some great recipes for vanilla and chocolate pudding/pie filling from scratch. I wonder if they are the same.
Aunt Debbie