I’m a sucker for a creamy, made-from-scratch pudding. I was spoiled with my mom’s vanilla pudding all growing up and once in a while I treat myself to that recipe. But with how much I love chocolate, I’ve always wished I had a good chocolate pudding recipe. Finally I found one that I really love! I guess the key was in the ingredients… the real chocolate that you chop up into the pudding. I had a bunch of bittersweet (70% cocoa) Ghirardelli’s chocolate squares that I used and it was perfect! I have to warn you though… do not use chocolate chips! I was short just a bit and thought I’d cheat and use a few mini chocolate chips once. Well those itty bitty chips did not melt all the way! So we had chocolate chip pudding! ;) My kids loved it anyway, and I have to admit I still licked the bowl clean. But if you want a perfectly smooth and creamy pudding, pass on the chocolate chips and use good quality chocolate that you finely chop.
Rich Chocolate Pudding
submitted by Brittany ~ The Sisters Café
3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tb cornstarch
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3 egg yolks
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped *high quality like Ghirardelli’s
2 Tb butter, cut into pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
Stir together 2 3/4 cups milk and 1/2 cup sugar in large saucepan. Heat until steaming. Remove from heat and set aside.
Once milk is warmed, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in yolks and remaining 1/4 cup milk. Gradually whisk in a little of the hot milk mixture (about 1/2 cup) into bowl. Now stir egg mixture into the saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, over medium-low to medium heat until thickened and coats the back of the spoon – can take up to 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the chopped chocolate, butter, and vanilla until smooth.
Divide among 6 dishes, 2/3 cup in each. Cool for 10 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and serve.