Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie—Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate PuddingNothing beats homemade chocolate pudding. I remember stirring the pot of chocolate pudding (from a box) on the stove anticipating the dessert we would have after dinner. Occasionally, we would have from-scratch-pudding, and that was a treat!

In Dorie’s version, the food processor does a bulk of the work. The pot leads by heating the milk and sugar, similar to a sugar syrup.

While the pot heats the milk, the food processor follows by preparing some key ingredients. It whizzes the dry ingredients to remove any lumps in the cocoa and cornstarch. It blends the sugar, eggs, and a bit of milk. And then it mixes the dry ingredients with the sugar/egg mixture.

After the pot has heated the milk, the food processor takes the lead by blending the hot milk with the sugar/egg/dry ingredient mixture.

Then, it’s back to the pot to thicken. Finally, the food processor finishes the job by blending the chocolate chunks, butter, and vanilla. This dance between the pot and the food processor results in a silky, smooth pudding.

“the food processor is like an insurance policy that makes sure the texture is smooth” ~ Dorie Greenspan ~
I found some roasted cocoa beans awhile ago at a chocolate boutique in Ottawa called Truffle Treasures and have been waiting for the right dessert to use it with, and this was it. A sprinkle of this bitter chocolate on top was perfect!

Recipe

Ingredients for Chocolate PuddingYou can find the recipe for Chocolate Pudding in the book Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Dorie has also published the recipe on her blog. To see how the rest of the TWD group fared with this week's recipe, click here and then click on each blogger! Thanks to Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen who chose the recipe for this week.

Chocolate PuddingTasting Notes

Smooth
Chocolate
Cool
Homey
Comforting
Delicious


Recipe for Next Week (July 22)
Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler on page 415 chosen by Melissa of Amanda from Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake.





45 comments:

Rebecca said...

My mom always served homemade pudding hot, so eating it cold was a total change for me. Love the cups you used! Your pudding looks delicious.

Engineer Baker said...

I love the tasting notes (so true!) and ground cocoa beans sound like a wonderful accent. Fabulous.

Teanna said...

You just have the most phenomenal presentation ever! And I love that you used real cocoa beans on top. Delicious!

Natashya said...

Mmmmm... that looks so good. And your raspberries look like hearts. A very romantic dessert indeed.
Shari, I have an award for you on my site today. Have a great day.

kim said...

i love the mini shot glass servings! such a cute idea, and i'm sure the raspberry went really well with it. love your pics :)

Kayte said...

Lovely...those little raspberries on there really set it off. Great photos and post, as always. Did you make this on the camping trip? I can so see you doing this, you are such a kitchen wizard.

I'm off to the Speedo championships...wish us luck on that 100 Backstroke junior national cut.

rainbowbrown said...

Wow, what fantastic additions and toppings! I bet that was intense.

ostwestwind said...

Oh that looks so dark and chocolaty!

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

PheMom said...

OK, and how seriously adorable is your pudding? Very I'd say! I love your little cups!

asmaio said...

Your photos are awesome, and the pudding looks so cute in the little candle holders (if that's not what those glasses are, then I've got a great idea for my next dessert!).

Mara said...

those are so cute shari..i love them! are they actually little ramekin style glasses or VOTIVE holders?! super fab. and this was an amazing recipe!

likesprinkles said...

Yum! It looks delicious.

Jules Someone said...

Those look amazing! My soup was tasty, but that makes we want to try it again.

Mary Ann said...

Those have got to be the cutest little cups/containers I have ever seen! Really adorable. I want to dive in!

bakingwiththeboys said...

The shot glasses are perfect. Love the presentation.

The Kitchen Vixen said...

fabulous little glasses. i love the raspberry on top. great job.

Linda said...

Love your adorable pudding shots (and great portion control)!

Jenny said...

Woot a cocoa bean supply in Ottawa! Thanks!
Hehe I did notice the pudding too, it looks great. :-)

Maya said...

Just lovely. I made it last night and will hopefully post it before midnight tonight! The smooth chocolaty texture took me way back!

allison said...

Chocolate and raspberry = delicious!
I like your serving cups.

Roni said...

Your pudding looks awesome! I love how the raspberries on top look like little red hearts. Reminds me of Valentines :)

EB said...

All I have to say is... wow.

Lynnylu said...

What lovely little cups your delicious chocolate pudding is presented in. I love the raspberries as a garnish.

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I just want to say, I'm so proud and glad that the blog roll is growing!! I'm a bit too busy at the moment to participate, but I really love reading about what everyone is doing with one of my favorite cookbooks! Yay Cordon Bleu! :)

Steph said...

I used the raspberry + chocolate combo too. I love how you served them in the small glasses. They look nice!

C.L. said...

Beautiful! Love the descriptions and the photos...I have to get my pics up tomorrow, everything is setting now.

Carrie

Heather B said...

yum! It looks delicious! Great job!

Christine said...

I really like the glasses that you used. Your pudding looks delicious, great job!

Kait said...

Oh, I love your presentation. How did you get the pudding to look so smooth on top? It looks wonderful. And those heart-shaped raspberries! Great job.

Pamela said...

It looks beautiful! Great job.

karen said...

absolutely beautiful photos as always. i loved this recipe!

Jacque said...

Mmmm, your pudding looks picture perfect! Great job :)

Shreya said...

beautiful pictures.. mouth watering chocolate pudding:-) I wish I could have them right away...

Rigby said...

I like the tasting notes :) Your pudding looks delicious, and I like the glasses you served it in :)

Susie Homemaker said...

sorry I didn't get around to you yesterday!! these look so cute in their little glasses!!

mimi said...

love your tasting notes, nothing more needs to be said! great looking pudding, love the little glasses they are in!

Barbara said...

Wow, those tiny puddings with the raspberry on top are so darling!

Nickki said...

I love the look of the puddings served in a shot glass! Great idea. :)

farida said...

I am loving it:) It looks so delicious! And the presentation is beautiful! I haven't made a home made pudding for a long time.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

lovely presentation! the raspberries look like little hearts lying on top like that!

aaliyah said...

Your little cups are so cute and I love the raspberries on the top of the pudding. I look forward to your post next week!

Jeanine said...

Your pudding cups look absolutely delicious! Beautiful job.

Dolores said...

Your mini chocolate pudding cups are absolutely adorable. And I love the idea of adding ground cocoa beans.

missy said...

wow! that looks so good! i love chocolate pudding! beautiful pictures as always! :)

Shari said...

Thanks again to everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. Things have been super busy and blogging has taken more of a backseat lately...sigh... As for the shot glasses I used, they are votive containers - Mara wins the prize! :) And they were the perfect portion!
-Shari