Mixed Greens Blog

Mixed Greens Blog
Living Sustainably in the Pacific Northwest

07
February
2010

Chocolate Pudding, Not Kidding

chocolate pudding

Valentine’s Day next week, and a  few days ago we toasted our Mixed Greens’ two-year anniversary (thankyou dear readers). In celebration – okay, Super Bowl too – chocolate pudding. Like retro sleek-winged sofas and my mom’s Russell Wright dishes of the fifties, chocolate pudding deserves a comeback and some respect. Plus, it was among our first posts so there’s the sentimental factor.

I know. Pudding? Trust me, this isn’t the grade school cafeteria version, but something out of creamy chocolate heaven for all of your sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. Not bad Bowl fare either. Chocolate pudding, a spoon, a Lazyboy, a remote and football. A chocolaty smooch. What more is there?

Poppy, my friend, I send one to you, a smooch. It’s been, still is a great ride!

Theo's chocolate bar

We have a number of fabulous chocolatiers in the area, but Theo takes the cake, or the pudding, when it comes to an ethical, sustainable product. Use locally produced chocolate if you can, especially Theo. “The only organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the United States.” I called their headquarters in Seattle, a real person answered the phone (I’m smitten with just that) and took time to answer my question and explain. I wondered what was recommended for cooking and she suggested their Ghana and Jayne Goodall bars. I found them on sale at PCC and went with that.

Chocolate Pudding (6 – 8 servings)

Gather ingredients and this takes about 20 minutes, start to finish.

Ingredients: 1 C sugar/ 1/4 C cornstarch/ Pinch of salt/ 8 ounces of bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped/ 2 2/3 cups whole milk/ 2 egg yolks/ 2 T butter/ 1/2 t vanilla. (Use pure chocolate, a good bar or cooking chocolate.)

Mix the sugar, cornstarch, chocolate and salt in a heavy saucepan. Whisk milk and egg yolks together in a separate bowl and then pour into the sugar mixture. Whisking continually, bring it all to a boil over medium heat and continue cooking for one more minute. Chocolate melts, mixture thickens and becomes the familiar dessert we know and can love again. Pudding!

chocolate pudding

Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Cool for just a few minutes and then pour into 6 or 8 bowls, depending on serving size. Cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper and chill. Top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and a little grated chocolate before serving.

Cut this recipe in half and it makes enough for about 4 servings.

chocolate pudding

chocolate pudding

Valentine’s, Super Bowl, Anniversaries . . . celebrate it all.

Welcome to Mixed Greens, February 11, 2008


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6 Responses »

  1. Sally, loved this entry, especially the perfect ending photo of the empty pudding bowl…brought a smile to my face. Also, since I love pudding and rarely make it, I am inspired by this recipe made with Theo chocolate, which I have enjoyed many times, but never thought to cook with. Once out of the wrapper, it is usually quick history. So now my mouth is watering and I’m feeling motivated by the upcoming holiday of love..thanks for the idea to get stirring, and take a trip to Creamy Chocolate Heaven….all aboard !!!!

  2. Sally, thank you for remembering our 2 year Mixed Greens anniversary. We’ve come a long way, have a long way to go and I look forward to every minute. To say it’s been fun would be an understatement. xoxo

  3. Wonderful! I have a bar of Theo chocolate taunting me at the moment, and I may have to give this a try instead of my usual “hiding it from the boyfriend and eating it all myself” method. Do you mind if I link back to this post on my blog?

  4. Elaine, yes, the empty bowl, a good sign that you’re on to something in the kitchen.
    Poppy, let’s keep on scheming and dreaming.
    Renai, believe me I know how chocolate or anything delicious can taunt and keep you awake at night – until it’s gone. This pudding might be ‘worse’ than the chocolate bar itself in that regard. Of course, feel free to link. Thank you.

  5. Happy Anniversary Poppy and Sally!

    What a great fun useful inspiring idea Mixed Greens is. Thanks for all the thought and effort. And for the fantastic resource.
    Can’t wait to make this pudding.

    xo

  6. I am not much of a pudding eater but this looks very yummy. Especially with a dollop of ice cream ontop would give it the perfect touch.