Classic Homemade Chocolate Pudding is not only thick and silky, but it's deceptively easy to make!
Sometimes a girl gets a craving for chocolate pudding, and I'm not talking about the boxed stuff. Nooo, I'm talking about the homemade kind: rich, thick, smooth and silky, with no weird ingredients or powdery aftertaste…homemade chocolate pudding that's simple, classic, and positively addictive!
So since I recently had such a craving and whipped up such a batch, I reckon I ought to share it here with you today. There's nothing really groundbreaking about this recipe, y'all…it's just easy, and dang good, and one that I feel you should have in your repertoire.
Can I admit a little something if you promise not to judge? I'm a pudding snob. That's right...I can't stand the instant boxed kind that requires no cooking. The cook-and-serve variety is immeasurably better, but guess what? With only slightly more effort, you can cook up a pot of 100% homemade chocolate pudding that is above and beyond anything you can find in the inner aisles of the grocery store.
Homemade Chocolate Pudding is magical in its simplicity and deliciousness. It's a challenge not to eat it warm, straight out of the pot. But allowed to chill, it becomes thick and glossy, ready to satisfy any chocoholic or pudding lover's deepest cravings.
In fact, I have no doubt that I could ingest a whole pot of this stuff in one sitting…but fortunately for my waistline, I have pudding aficionado children who wouldn't allow such a travesty to occur in their presence. Nooo, if I tried to keep it to myself, you'd be able to hear their protests (AKA, whining) from here to Timbuktu. So as long as I don't make this recipe in solitary confinement, I have no choice but to share. Yay and darn.
Before I leave you to the recipe, I feel obliged to share my favorite homemade pudding making trick, in case you're not already privy to it. If you don't like the thick skin that forms on top of cooked pudding as it cools, simply lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding while still warm. The plastic wrap will act as a replacement for the skin and, once peeled off, it will reveal completely smooth and silky pudding underneath.
So are you a fellow chocolate pudding fanatic? If so, I do believe you need this recipe in your life. Easy…homemade…BLISS.
Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Homemade Chocolate Pudding
- ⅓ cup good-quality cocoa powder
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups whole milk, divided
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 3 egg yolks
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Fresh whipped cream & chocolate shavings
- Sift (if lumpy) the cocoa powder into a medium saucepan and stir in the sugar. Slowly whisk in 1 ½ cups milk until the mixture is smooth. Set on the stove over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ½ cup milk, cornstarch, egg yolks, and salt. Stir rapidly while very slowly pouring the hot milk/cocoa powder mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Transfer entire mixture back to the saucepan and set pot over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until pudding comes to a full boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue whisking for a few more minutes until pudding is thick. Remove from heat and mix in melted chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
- Strain pudding through a fine mesh sieve and divide between four (4-ounce) cups or small bowls. Cover each pudding with plastic wrap, ensuring that the plastic is touching the entire surface with no air bubbles (to prevent a skin from forming). Chill until set, for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
- Garnish chilled pudding with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired.
Adapted from Food Network
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