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.

31 comments:

The Food Librarian said...

This looks delicious! I love reading the posts from TWDers in NZ and Australia - I get to read them on Monday!

kim said...

yup, that is pretty much what instant pudding is like here in the states, too:) glad you liked the real version!

Rebecca said...

We must be on the same wavelength! I made lace cookies to go with my pudding. I'd never eaten homemade chocolate pudding cold, so that was new for me.

Melissa said...

Glad you enjoyed! Mine is still chilling!

Jess said...

Glad you liked the "authentic" chocolate pudding - although most Americans just eat the instant stuff too! This is a million times better, and I agree it would be great churned into ice cream. Lovely little tuiles!

rainbowbrown said...

Though I love all the fruit desserts we've done, I'm glad you got one that isn't season oriented. Great work!

Heather B said...

Instant pudding here is definitely the same but homemade is so much better! There really is no comparison! Your pudding looks creamy and delicious! Great job!

Steph said...

I thought I hated pudding b/c I grew up on that nasty instant stuff. This on the other hand was so rich! I couldn't believe that it was made with milk either. I actually forgot the butter too because I wasn't very organized.

Pamela said...

This pudding was worlds better than the instant we've come to know as pudding. Great job and that first picture is delicious.

CB said...

Mmmm that lace cookie looks yum with your pudding! Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

allison said...

Your pudding looks wonderful. Add the cookie and it looks great! This pudding is so much better than instant.

Bumblebutton said...

Ooooo, yours looks so nice and creamy! And you are right about churning it. Another American (I think) treat is frozen pudding in popsicle molds--try that sometime!

Jules Someone said...

This is loads better than any packet stuff. I love your lace cookies.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that came out great! i definitely think of chocolate pudding as an american thing, but a good one (and frozen pudding pops are great)!

Cakelaw said...

This looks fab - and the tuile biscuits would have set it off perfectly.

Dolores said...

I'm not going to get to pudding making until I get home from work tomorrow -- I'm glad to know it will be worth the wait. :)

becs said...

Yes, this name made me think of our instant pudding but this was so undeserved - in a different league altogether! I appreciated not needing out of season fruit too...

Peabody said...

Almond tuille sounds like a good addtion to go along with the pudding.

Teanna said...

That looks absolutely delicious! The almond tuille cookies look divine!

Jayne said...

Your pudding looks delicious - and I know everyone's been saying it already, but it's true - the instant pudding is alive and well over here, but the homemade is WAY better - and so easy. Glad you liked it!

Mara said...

so pretty and i agree that it's kind of like a blend between pudding and mousse. richness of mousse but dense thick pudding consistency. to me it's PERFECT!

Tartelette said...

You did a fantastic job! I bet it would be a really good and decadent ice cream, good thinking!

likesprinkles said...

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the pudding. I bet the little lace cookies were great with it. They look delicious!

Linda said...

Love the freezing idea...sort of a decadent fudgsicle!

Roni said...

Your pudding looks yummy. Love the tuille pic!

C.L. said...

yum! Love the crisp! You did a fantastic job!

Christine said...

Looks delicious, love the cookies!

Kait said...

Turning this pudding into ice cream is a great idea! I'll definitely have to try that in the future. The tuile cookies make a nice garnish.

Susie Homemaker said...

great add with th cookies...I bet that was great!

Nickki said...

Looks so good! I agree this pudding is worlds apart from anything out of a packet. :)

aaliyah said...

I agree with you about the fruits. The seasons are different than that of the states. And chocolate I think is a world wide anytime dessert! Look forward to your post next week!