Friday, January 11, 2013

Homemade Chocolate Pudding


Have you ever wondered, when you go to a supermarket, if a product can be homemade? My parents used to buy lots of chocolate pudding when we were child and we tried like different brand of pudding. With time and with a more refined palate, I feel that the store-bought chocolate pudding has a weird after taste and  depending on the brand, some puddings do not taste like real chocolate... What's your take on chocolate pudding?

I made this recipe several times during the holidays with some variations. I experimented with high quality cocoa powder, real Cadbury chocolate pellets, cheaper quality chocolate. It is interesting how each pudding taste different from one to another. I guess this is why it is enjoyable to make desserts homemade.


Question: Do you know how to make chocolate sweeter? Our first educative guess is to add more sugar. Well... in fact, this is wrong. You just need to add a pinch of salt. Try it yourself, take two pieces of chocolate, sprinkle one with sugar and the other with salt. See which is sweeter. When you add salt in any food, it enhances the flavour. It can make sweet things sweeter and cut down bitterness like eggplants. 

These chocolate pudding are indulgent, and easy to make. It requires only pantry ingredients. How could you say 'no' to chocolate?

Fills 6 ramekins
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Can be served cold or warm

Ingredients
With cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbsps cocoa powder
3 tbsps cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2 3/4 cups milk

OR

With chocolate pellets
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsps cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups milk
about 6 oz. dark chocolate

Procedure

Recipe with cocoa powder
1. In a double boiler, sift cocoa powder and cornstarch. Mix it with brown sugar. Add in milk while whisking until all dissolved. Boil and then bring to a simmer for 15 mins until the pudding thickens. Stir occasionally. Transfer pudding to ramekin.

Recipe with chocolate pellets
1. In a double boiler, sift cornstarch. Mix it with brown sugar.


2. Add in milk while whisking until all dissolved. Boil and then bring to a simmer. Add in chocolate pellets.


3. Simmer for 15 mins until thickens. Stir occasionally.


4. Transfer pudding to ramekins.


5. If serve cold, place a plastic film directly on the pudding to prevent from forming skin. If you like pudding skin, just cover it without contact.

4 comments:

  1. The chocolate mousse looks really smooth and creamy!

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  2. Delicious chocolate pudding. Looks really elegant.

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  3. yuuuuumy chocolate pudding....love the creamy texture!

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  4. yumiiiiiiii........ yuuuuuuuuumiiiiiiiii....
    by
    AHMAD KURNIAWAN SIDDIK

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