Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

July 16, 2008

Chocolate Pudding

Filed under: dessert, Tuesdays with Dorie — Emily @ 4:26 am

Yay! I am finally back in the kitchen (limited–but I’m there) and ready to get back into my Tuesdays with Dorie baking group! This recipe was delicious! I had to use my Kitchenaid stand mixer because I wasn’t able to get my food processor down from the top shelf (still can’t lift heavy things) and Aaron was out of town—but it still turned out great. I served it with homemade whipped cream (made with heavy cream, powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla) and some crunch chocolate pearls that I got at one of my favorite stores, Surfa’s in Culver City.

(Source: Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan)

2 1/4 cups whole milk

6 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

2 large egg yolks

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and still warm

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Getting ready: Have six ramekins or pudding cups, each holding 4 to 6 ounces (1/2 to 3/4 cup), at hand.

Bring 2 cups of the milk and 3 tablespoons of the sugar to a boil in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. While the milk is heating, put the cocoa, cornstarch and salt into a food processor and whir to blend. Turn them out onto a piece of wax paper, put the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, the egg and egg yolks into the processor and blend for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the remaining 1/4 cup milk and pulse just to mix, then add the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to blend.

With the machine running, very slowly pour in the hot milk mixture. Process for a few seconds, then put everything back into the saucepan. Whisk without stopping over medium heat–making sure to get into the edges of the pan–until the pudding thickens and a couple of bubbles burble up to the surface and pop (about 2 minutes). You want the pudding to thicken, but you don’t want it to boil, so lower the heat if necessary.

Scrape the pudding back into the processor (if there’s a scorched spot, avoid it as you scrape) and pulse a couple of times. Add the chocolate, butter and vanilla and pulse until everything is evenly blended.

Pour the pudding into the ramekins. If you don’t want a skin to form (some people think that skin is the best part), press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of each pudding to create an airtight seal. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.



  1. Welcome back! I’ve got to find some of these chocolate pearls. Mmmmmm.

    Comment by Rebecca — July 16, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

  2. Looks wonderful – cute chocolate pearls!

    Comment by Jessica — July 16, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  3. Glad to have you posting again! More importantly, I hope you’re feeling better these days πŸ™‚ Your pudding looks great and after all the TWD posts, I have a killer craving for chocolate pudding – lol!

    Comment by Joelen — July 16, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  4. Your pudding looks fantastic! Apparently my husband loves chocolate pudding so I should make this for him.

    Comment by Amber — July 16, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  5. Your pudding looks yummy! What do chocolate pearls taste like? They were a nice accent πŸ™‚

    Comment by Rigby — July 16, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

  6. I still can’t master the fine art of whipping cream. Great job!

    Comment by Kelly H — July 16, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  7. I LOVE Surfa’s!

    Comment by nbbride06 — July 16, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  8. Mmmm, looks delish! Glad to hear you’re back in the kitchen πŸ™‚

    Comment by JacqueOH — July 17, 2008 @ 1:34 am

  9. Your pudding looks great and I like the little chocolate balls on top with the homemade creme’. I hope that you will Get Well Soon! I look forward to your post next week!

    Comment by aaliyah — July 18, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  10. Welcome back! I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

    Comment by Barbara — July 20, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

  11. I would kill someone for those pearls. They are gorgeous!!

    Comment by jeni — August 27, 2008 @ 2:52 am

  12. Great post, great looking website, added it to my favs!

    Comment by enhadaAnace — November 24, 2009 @ 3:52 am

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