Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • Whipped cream, for serving

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Set aside.  Combine the milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium-high heat until small bubbles form around the edges.  Add the chopped chocolate to the saucepan and stir with a spatula until the chocolate is melted, about 1-2 minutes.  (The chocolate may not completely melt.  Don’t worry, it will smooth out later.)

Ladle about a quarter of the warm milk mixture into the bowl with the sugar mixture; whisk until smooth.  Whisk in the remaining milk mixture.  Return the entire mixture to the saucepan over medium heat.  Continue to cook, stirring with a spatula, until the mixture bubbles and thickens.  Be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan so the mixture does not burn.  Continue to cook until the mixture is very thick, about 2 minutes.  (To test, run a finger through the mixture on the back of a spatula – it should leave a distinct trail.)

Divide the pudding between 4 ramekins or pour into one large serving container.  Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.  Let cool 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill and set completely, at least 2 hours.  Remove plastic wrap, top with whipped cream as desired, and serve.

From Annies Eats. Serves 4

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