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Thursday, May 20, 2010 03:53 am

Nana’s chocolate pudding

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If you’ve only ever had pudding from a box, you’ll be surprised at how flavorful this homemade version is – and that it doesn’t take much more time than the pre-fab stuff. Nana used regular Dutch cocoa; I prefer Hershey’s Special Dark, and substituting dark brown sugar for white. Made with skim milk, it only has 117 calories and .25 grams of fat per serving – and still tastes plenty rich. 

  • 3T. cornstarch
  • 3 T. cocoa
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a medium heavy pan, mix the cornstarch, cocoa, sugar and salt until thoroughly blended.

Warm the milk in the microwave until it’s warm to hot, but don’t let it come to a boil. Whisk the hot milk into the cocoa mixture and cook over medium low heat until it comes to a simmer, whisking constantly. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, until the pudding has thickened.

Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Continue to stir for a couple minutes more so that the pudding remains smooth and no lumps form around the edges. Pour into individual ramekins or custard cups and cool to room temperature. Cover and chill thoroughly before serving. Makes six scant ½ c. servings.

Variationsthese are good singly or in combination with one or both of the other variations.
Substitute dark brown sugar (Meijer’s house brand is especially good) for the white sugar.

  • Mix ½ tsp. cinnamon with the dry ingredients for a Mexican touch.
  • Mix ½ - 1 tsp. instant coffee or espresso powder with the dry ingredients for a mocha pudding.
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