Homemade Milk Chocolate Pudding
My recent ambition in the kitchen has not only left me with frousse this week, but also a giant tub of homemade milk chocolate pudding!
I used this recipe from the site to whip up a batch of one of my favorite comfort snacks and I would definitely recommend you do the same!
I started off by putting my dry ingredients in a saucepan: flour, sugar, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Now, just to point out the only fault when exactly it occurred, I’m pretty sure there is too much sugar in this recipe. They tell you to put 1 1/3 C. but the pudding came out way too sweet. My dad thought it tasted like frosting.
But let’s continue. When you mix your dry ingredients, it’s important to remember to put up a pot of milk to scald. I have a terrible habit of not reading recipes through to the end before starting so I didn’t have scalded milk ready to go on command.
And then, I realized I didn’t know how to scald milk! How exactly do you know when it’s scalded? Do you wait for bubbles and steam? Because I didn’t have time to seek advice, I went with the steaming method. And sure enough…judging from the bottom of the pot of milk, it definitely seemed scalded:
Don’t worry, that all came off. And all the milk was perfect.
I poured it in slowly, along with my beaten egg and came out with this lovely concoction:
It had the look and color of pudding but definitely not the texture yet. It was so liquidy after pouring in the milk, I was afraid it would never thicken.
I was able to make waves in the mixture for a good 10 minutes:
(How good does that look???)
But then, finally, this happened:
It began to thicken! So I took it off the heat, poured in the instructed amount of vanilla extract and was on my way to letting it set in the refrigerator.
I probably should have given in more time to cool because now that I’m looking at the picture, I notice a lot of condensation from the steam but we all learn from our mistakes, right?!
I definitely enjoyed my pudding the next day but made way too much. I had to bring it in to share with the coworkers! Enjoy!
Milk Chocolate Pudding
The only revision I would make to this recipe is adding less sugar than they say. My attempt came out a bit too sweet. Also, let stand to cool after adding vanilla extract to avoid condensation.
Forget the powdered version, and make delicious chocolate pudding from scratch.
1 1/3 C. sugar
2/3 C. flour
pinch of salt
4 Tbs. baking cocoa
4 C. milk, scalded
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in the scalded milk and the egg. Blend well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Spoon mixture into 6 dessert dishes. Refrigerate several hours or until set. Yield: 6 servings