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Monday, May 30, 2011
Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Yes, really! Pudding without a mix. Boxed pudding will never taste the same! :-) And, it’s so easy. The only really “hard” part is stirring it till it’s ready.
3/4 C. white sugar
5 Tbl. cocoa powder
1/3 C. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3 1/4 C. milk
3 Tbl. butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla OR almond extract
In a large saucepan stir together dry ingredients. Mix in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly (this is very important). Cook and stir till the mixture thickens and just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in butter and flavoring. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve warm. Or, chill in the fridge till ready to serve.
Note: If you don’t want a “skin” to form on the top while it’s cooling or being refrigerated, I suggest covering the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap. If you don’t wish to cover it with plastic, then serve it with the skin and find out which one in your family doesn’t mind it, or even likes it, and let them have the skin whenever you make it. :-)
This pudding can also be used warm over ice cream to make a “hot fudge” sundae.
To give it a richer chocolate flavor I use 3 Tbl. of regular cocoa powder and 2 Tbl. of Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder. It’s guaranteed to satisfy a chocolate craving. :-)
This recipe is gluten free. If you also need to make it dairy free you might try making up some coconut milk from powder and using that in place of the milk. Almond or rice milk would probably work fine too although I don’t know about their heating qualities.