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Silky Chocolate Pudding

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One of several great cookbooks IΒ receivedΒ for Christmas this year was The Essence of Chocolate, and I can’t stop drooling over it. I had heard rave reviews from fellow food bloggers about the silky chocolate pudding recipe in the book, so I knew that it was going to be the first thing I tried. Truth be told, I’ve never made pudding before without it coming from a box…but after realizing how easy (and how much more rich and delicious) it is to make my own from scratch, I don’t think I can ever go back. I’ve also never been a warm pudding fan, but one spoonful of this pudding out of the pot and I’ve been converted. If you’re looking for a simple way to satisfy your chocolate craving, give this pudding a try – it certainly lived up to the hype!

Adapted from The Essence of Chocolate.

Make sure you start with good quality chocolate. I used a little bit of 62% and a little bit of 70% cacao dark chocolate.

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Combine the cornstarch, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean in the top of your double boiler. Gradually whisk in the milk, scraping the bottom and sides with a rubber spatula. Place on top of the bottom pan with simmering water and stir occasionally, using a whisk as necessary to break up lumps.

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After 15-20 minutes, the mixture should thicken and coat the back of the spoon. Add in the chocolate, and continue stirring for a few more minutes until the pudding thickens. Remove from the heat.

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Strain through a mesh strainer into a bowl to remove any lumps.

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Place plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding so that a skin will not form, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. I also poured some of mine into these mini pie crusts to make individual pudding pies!

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Posted by on January 10, 2011.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

42 Responses

  1. A perfect recipe to celebrate Bittersweet Chocolate Day! I received a copy of this book in my Scharffen Berger prize from #BHF10PP. I love it too! The pictures are beautiful and the story is interesting too.

    by JenniferA on Jan 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

  2. This looks excellent!

    by Liz @ BLog is the New Black on Jan 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

  3. Beautiful!!! This looks like it would just melt in your mouth!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

    by Amanda on Jan 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

  4. I have been craving chocolate pudding recently! I can never seem to make it without lumps – funny, I never thought to strain it! πŸ™‚

    by megan @ whatmegansmaking on Jan 10, 2011 at 9:59 am

  5. I love pudding so much. This looks perfect!

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

  6. I love chocolate pudding!! It was a great day when my Mom would have pudding ready for us as an after school snack. Can’t wait to try this recipe πŸ™‚

    by Lynda@MeandMyPinkMixer on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

  7. This looks fantastic. I love chocolate pudding! Would be great for Valentines

    by Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

  8. Wow. I can see the silkiness in the photos! Now I have a 7am craving for chocolate…haha πŸ™‚

    by DessertForTwo on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

  9. My grandmother makes a chocolate pie with a similar recipe. Soooo delicious! She adds Kahlua though. Bad boozy grandma!

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

  10. Yuuummmy! Would love some of this now, for breakfast.

    by Amy | She Wears Many Hats on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

  11. Heavenly dessert!

    by Maria on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

  12. Scharffen Berger does make some delicious chocolate! This looks so tasty!

    by Lauren B. on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

  13. This looks absolutely delicious! The little pudding pies are so adorable!!

    by Tracy on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

  14. Looks absolutely delicious! And the little pudding pies are so adorable!!

    by Tracy on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

  15. Where can I buy that chocolate? Can it be bought in whole foods? Recipe looks heavenly!

    by Gina Gutierrez on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

  16. Great looking recipe!!

    by Jenny Flake on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  17. Warm homemade pudding brings back childhood memories. This recipe looks easy and tasty.

    by carolinaheartstrings on Jan 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  18. Love Scharffen Berger – and these look fantastic! I never make pudding for some reason – I may have to start!

    by Susan on Jan 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

  19. You know, I’ve never made homemade pudding either. This looks amazing!!

    My husband would totally love it.

    by Cookbook Queen on Jan 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  20. I love pudding pie, especially chocolate. Looks delicious!

    by Louanne on Jan 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  21. Horray for new cookbooks!!

    by Christina on Jan 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  22. Reaching through the computer screen right now with my spoon!

    by Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) on Jan 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  23. Sooo cute & yummy! Would be *perfect* with my afternoon cup of coffee right now… Can I have some delivered? πŸ™‚

    by Wenderly on Jan 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  24. really good chocolate is a must w/these type of recipes and Sharffen Berger ranks right up there. straining the mixture is a great tip as well!

    by SMITH BITES on Jan 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

  25. These look incredible!!

    by TidyMom on Jan 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  26. I have this book and love it! Your pudding looks delish!

    by Jamie | My Baking Addiction on Jan 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm

  27. Yum, these look delicious, Tracy. I love chocolate pudding. Gotta make this soon.

    by Robyn | Add a Pinch on Jan 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  28. OMG! This looks amazing. I have never tried to make homemade pudding. My kids would go nuts, me too:) Thanks for sharing it.

    by Raina on Jan 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

  29. Oh, chocolate pudding. How wonderful you are! I’m glad you found a good pudding recipe; it’ll take you places.

    by Amy @ Serve At Once on Jan 11, 2011 at 12:46 am

  30. This pudding actually looks perfect! I adore a yummy, simple recipe like this!

    by Katrina on Jan 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

  31. Oh my that looks so rich and heavenly. I just want to swim in it. πŸ™‚

    by Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow on Jan 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

  32. I love homemade pudding, especially when it is still a little bit warm. Yum!

    by Kristen on Jan 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

  33. I love pudding! This looks gorgeous πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    by Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on Jan 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

  34. Yum! I’ve never made pudding from scratch – maybe I should add that to my 2011 kitchen agenda. πŸ™‚

    by Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on Jan 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

  35. This looks DIVINE!!!

    by bridget {bake at 350} on Jan 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

  36. You can’t go wrong with some chocolate pudding! That looks incredible πŸ™‚

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Jan 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

  37. Hmmm…I always love chocolate puding for dessert, the next project is trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe..

    by ika novita on Jan 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

  38. My kids would go crazy for this pudding – particularly when made with Scharffen Berger chocoalte!

    by Cookin' Canuck on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

  39. It really does seem like an easy process and those results look fantastically chocolatey.

    by Lisa on Jan 12, 2011 at 5:26 am

  40. So funny! My secret pleasures is making Jello cook and serve pudding now and then and eating it late at night while watching a show – it’s just me and the warm cup of chocolate pudding. The idea of cold pudding freaks me out. I cook anything I want to BUT stick to that box – I was thinking as I flipped through Abby Dodges cookbook last night I HAVE to make my own – now I see this – it’s a sign!! lol This looks decadent! I am on it this weekend!! Thanks!

    by Souffle Bombay on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

  41. Where do you get the mini pie shells?

    by Mina on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  42. Mina – I got mine at my local grocery store in the baking section. They were Keebler brand. Hope that helps!

    by Tracy on Nov 27, 2013 at 12:07 am

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