Desserts

nineteen

Dark Chocolate Pudding

So before I give you the low-down on the pudding I made recently, let’s take a look at the oddity that was 1950s television. This was a popular commercial for Jello instant pudding in the 50s. (PS- notice how the video is actually on the blog, it’s not just a link? Figuring out computer-y things FTW!)

In addition to sexist commercials, by the 1950s the Jello company was also creating gems like savory gelatin mixes (because we all know dinner just isn’t complete without a nice mixed vegetable or “Italian” gelatin salad. Mmmm!)

I propose we just ignore this now and move on to the delicious part, shall we? The recipe I used is a combination from pudding recipes in Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook (published in 1950) and Smitten Kitchen, a cooking blog far superior to mine. Enjoy!

Pudding

– 1/4 cup cornstarch

– 1/2 cup sugar

– pinch of salt

– 3 cups whole milk

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 7 oz dark chocolate chips (I used 70%, because I am a chocohalic and a purest when it comes to baking with my vice- none of this milk chocolate nonsense in MY kitchen I say!)

– chopped chocolate, chopped peanut butter chips, toffee chips, raisins, nuts, whipped cream (optional toppings)

Combine the cornstarch, sugar, and salt in the top of a double boiler (or a glass bowl atop a pot of boiling water if you’re lacking in kitchen supplies!) Slowly whisk in the milk, careful to scrape up all the sticky bits from the bottom. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, whisking occasionally to get out all the lumps. When the mixture starts to thicken, add the chocolate and stir for a few minutes more until the pudding is thick and smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Place a sieve over a large glass measuring cup and pour pudding through just in case there were any sneaky lumps in the mixture. From the measuring cup pour the pudding into dainty teacups, mugs, or simple ramekins. Chill for at least 30 minutes (you will not succeed) then top with desired topping or leave the pudding cups naked (scandal!)

(..slightly blurry pictures, apologies!)

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