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Rich Double Chocolate Pudding

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Savoring spoonfuls of Rich Double Chocolate Pudding garnished with crisp Pepperidge Farm® Cookies will allow you to focus on YOU for a few precious moments!

Rich Double Chocolate Pudding in shot glasses on a white tray

Double Chocolate Pudding

Most women I know are busy, busy, busy. We’re natural caretakers and do a terrific job taking care of our children, spouses, friends, and relatives. Shopping, cooking, volunteering, tutoring, chauffeuring, housekeeping have all been part of my responsibilities.

On days when my obligations run me ragged, it’s nice to take a deep breath and set aside a few minutes for myself. I’m all for a little pampering.

Whether it’s a half hour soak in a bubble filled tub, a couple of sweet, crisp Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies or a special chocolate treat from the fridge, like this double chocolate pudding, I remind myself that I deserve it and so should you.

Double Chocolate Pudding in highball glasses topped with cream, berries and mint

Tips for Making Double Chocolate Pudding

Make Minis or Regular Servings

  • I love making mini desserts–something that will satisfy that sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank. My hubby doesn’t get the appeal, but I’m thrilled with a few spoonfuls of creamy, decadent double chocolate pudding or one or two Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.
  • Seriously, all I need is a few bites of something sweet and delicious to change my state of mind. I put half of this batch of pudding into pretty shot glasses and the rest into man sized portions for the husband.
  • The larger version was garnished with a Dark Chocolate Milano, sweetened whipped cream and a plump red raspberry. For my girlfriends, I’d offer the minis along with some Mint Milano cookies. Something for everyone.

Cooking the Pudding

  • This old-fashioned chocolate pudding is made with eggs and must be cooked to thicken. Once the mixture is brought to a boil, then temperature must be dropped so the pudding simmers until thickened.
  • PRO-Tip: Because eggs are involved, you will occasionally find tiny bits of cooked egg in the mixture. For this reason, the pudding must be run through a sieve or mesh strainer to remove any cooked egg. This makes for a silkier pudding.
  • Adding a little butter at the end of the cooking time also adds some richness.

Chilling and Garnishing Your Pudding

  • Pour your pudding mixture into serving glasses, ramekins, small bowls or shot glasses for mini versions.
  • Place some plastic wrap across the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from developing across the top of the pudding as it chills. Of course, if you love a thick skin on top, skip this step.
  • To garnish, whip some heavy cream with powdered sugar to taste and a splash of vanilla, then spoon or pipe a dollop on each pudding. Top with a single raspberry or half a strawberry and a sprig of mint if desired.
Double Chocolate Pudding in glasses on a white rectangular tray

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Yield: 6 servings

Rich Chocolate Pudding

Rich Chocolate Pudding

A rich pudding with a double dose of chocolate. Adapted from The Best Recipe cookbook.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift cocoa, cornstarch, sugar and salt into a large saucepan. Whisk in half and half, then the yolks, followed by the milk. Stir in chocolate (don't worry if it clumps a bit).
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking constantly, till pudding thickens. Reduce heat and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula for a couple more minutes till pudding thickens even more (should reach 200º).
  3. Pass the pudding through a sieve into a medium bowl. Stir in butter and vanilla. May divide into individual bowls. Serve warm or chilled, but cover surface with plastic wrap before chilling.
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285 comments on “Rich Double Chocolate Pudding”

  1. What I do that is purely for me is take a long hot shower and after, drink a hot cup of tea.

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  2. i come home from work and relax and watch my soap operas

  3. My purely for me time is taking a nice bath…I get together a drink, something sweet to snack on, some music and just block everyone else out for a little while!

  4. my long hot baths are purely for me

  5. My favorite way to slow down and take time for me is to read a good book while drinking wine on my deck.

  6. Sometimes I just have to step back and ALLOW myself to do what I want, no matter what other craziness is going on around me.

  7. I like to lay in bed and read.

  8. I relax by soaking in a hot tub and listening to music

  9. I like to have a smoke and play computer games. Sometimes I’ll read and take a bath/watch a movie. Whatever strikes at the moment. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. After lunch, I like to make coffee and just read a good book !

  11. Purely for me I get up extra early every morning to enjoy quiet time by myself. This also enables me to get to work early and enjoy the breakfast they provide. Serenity and food made by someone else!

  12. I like to take a long hot bath and read a cozy mystery. It’s my favorite way to unwind and take a moment to relax and rejuvenate myself.

  13. I like to work in my garden and plant flowers

  14. i love to get my nail done once in while

  15. What do I do purely for myself? Sometimes I make Kahlua milkshakes in my personal blender to indulge and unwind. I add a little bit of vanilla and/or chocolate ice cream, syrup, milk, and Kahlua together. During the holidays, I like to add Publix’s brand of Barnies White Christmas ice cream instead because it is the perfect coffee flavored ice cream to go with Kahlua.

  16. I relax in the warm swimming pool and reflect on what I’m thankful for.
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  17. I love to find a few minutes to myself to pour a glass of wine and catch up on a few episodes of my favorite shows.

  18. I love to spend some time in the backyard; pour a glass of wine and just enjoy the quiet.

  19. i always take some extra time to go to bed early at night to reflect on the day and to relax. take it all in

  20. There is really not much I do purely for me. Perhaps reading a book is my best example of me-time.

  21. watch a movie, if/when i find the time

  22. A cup of coffee, Milano cookies and a good book makes a great break from the routine.

  23. I read or soak in a bath! ky-grandma40@yahoo.com

  24. I like to bicycle!

  25. I like to go for a long walk or run! Alone!

  26. I like to sit out on the waterfront, and say the rosary.

  27. When I need a moment, I love to take a hike in the woods. While I am a long distance backpacker and can spends weeks/months out there hiking day in and day out, a hour in the woods can recharge/refresh me. This is what I do for me.

  28. I have a bath night once a week that is my moment. I also have lots of cozy mysteries on my Kindle, and I sneak in even just 1 or 2 pages to interrupt my brain patterns when I am stressed, and for when I am waiting on another family member in the car or at an event. I also have my secret stash of raw organic honey sweetened chocolates just for me!

  29. I have it lucky, my husband was okay with me leaving the work force so I wouldn’t have to sit in traffic. I take time for myself by enjoying my coffee in the morning and gazing out my sliding glass door at the birds, my flowers and plants.

  30. My morning coffee and evening bubble baths are purely for me.

  31. I like to take time for myself by going into my room and reading for a while. It keeps me from thinking about everything that is going on and just gives me a little break. Thank you!

  32. I love to run

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