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Velvety Chocolate Pudding

Spooned into cups or served in bowls, this recipe is simple and delicious. It can also be used as a base for chocolate cream pie. From the book "Mad Hungry" by Lucinda Scala Quinn. (Artisan Books)

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups, or enough for 1 8-inch pie; serves 4 to 6
Velvety Chocolate Pudding

Source: Mad Hungry, November 2010

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons best-quality cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Hefty pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, for garnishing (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Press through a sieve into a medium saucepan to eliminate any lumps. Whisk in the milk.

  2. Over medium heat, stir the mixture until thickened, about 2 1/2 minutes. Be sure to get the spoon around the edges of the pan as the mixture thickens. Whisk if needed to combine well. Stir in the butter.

  3. Whisk 1 tablespoon of the hot chocolate mixture into the beaten egg and return to the pudding in the pan. Stir in the vanilla and cook to completely thicken, 2 to 3 more minutes. Strain through a sieve and pour the pudding into four to six 6-ounce pudding cups. Serve warm, or cool first and chill until serving. Press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent it from forming a skin (unless you like it!). Top with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

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