My daughter and I are big fans of homemade pudding, so when Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen chose Dorie’s chocolate pudding as this week’s TWD selection, we were ready to give it a try. I’ve been making homemade pudding for years. Call me a purist, but nothing beats the flavor of homemade, plus there are no additives or colorings. Just the pure flavors.
So I didn’t give this recipe a second thought until someone mentioned the word food processor. What? Food processor? For pudding? I decided to read the recipe (always a smart move), and sure enough, the instructions had you dirtying a bunch of pans and a food processor. Good grief, why? Pudding is not that complicated, and certainly doesn’t require a food pro. So, excuse me this time, I did not follow the rules.
First, I took out my most favorite pan in the world – my saucier. It’s just the thing for any sauce-like concoction for there are no corners! If I had to rescue one pan in an emergency, it would be this one.
Next, I prepared my mise en place. All dry ingredients measured out; all wet ingredients whisked together; butter cut into small cubes; bittersweet chocolate finely shaved. (Aw, don’t you just hate hairy chocolate?) Oh, and the cocoa I used was extra dark. This pudding was going to be chocolate-y.
So, all the dry ingredients were poured into the saucier and whisked together. Then, the wet ingredients were blended in. The burner was turned to medium and I proceeded to whisk gently. You can tell when the mixture is just about to thicken – that foamy surface suddenly changes texture and starts to disappear. At that point, you need to pay close attention. As soon as the pudding had reached that stage, I turned off the heat and began whisking in the softened butter cubes, the shaved chocolate, and finally, the vanilla. End result? Perfectly smooth, luscious chocolate pudding with only one dirty pan.
My daughter said the pudding was good, but not as good or rich as my normal recipe. (Note to self: try to remember which one is my ‘normal’ recipe.) I thought it was delicious, and that it tasted even better the next day, but it could be that I just like chocolate pudding, no matter what. ; )
So, thanks to Melissa for a great choice. I’m looking forward to seeing how the other TWD bakers fared.