Tuesday, July 15, 2008
TWD - chocolate pudding
This week’s TWD recipe was picked by Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen and is chocolate pudding. Chocolate pudding is another one of those desserts that seems to be an American thing. We do have instant pudding in NZ, which is a packet of sugary stuff that you beat with milk and then set in the fridge. I am not sure if American pudding is similar to that, but I do know that Dorie’s home made chocolate pudding is a million times more delicious that NZ chocolate instant pudding!!!!
The other thing I liked about this pudding is that it transcends seasons. One of the disadvantages in participating in what is essentially a Northern hemisphere challenge is that anything fruit based is round the wrong way (ie no berries, stone fruit or melons here for us at the moment, unless you buy foreign fruit which I just don’t want to do). Thankfully chocolate is good anytime of the year!
The pudding is like a cross between real custard and chocolate mousse. You heat your milk with a little sugar, blitz an egg, cornflour and some more sugar together in the food processor, add the hot milk with melted chocolate and vanilla and then cook over a low heat until the pudding thickens. You then pour it into ramekins (I halved the recipe and got 3 generous ramekins) and chill.
Dorie suggested eating the pudding with whipped cream and I bet that would be delicious. To go with mine I made little almond tuille biscuits to dip into the chocolate pudding. The biscuits tasted great, but unfortunately didn’t crisp up like they should have – this may have something to do with me using milk in them instead of the cream that was part of the recipe.
The pudding was actually fabulous by itself. It was very creamy, very mousse like. In fact I think this tasted just as decadent as chocolate mousse and actually tasted like it was made with cream rather than milk. I wonder what it would be like if it was churned in my ice cream maker and frozen? Pretty yummy I think! I will definitely be making this pudding again. Thanks Melissa for such a great choice.
See what the other TWDers thought here.