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Chocolate pudding is so comforting and evocative of childhood. And who doesn’t have a photo of themselves eating chocolate pudding by the handful as a baby? Instead of seeing it smeared in your hair, you will want every drop of this lovely home-made version sent right to your taste buds!

It’s chocolate pudding day. National chocolate pudding day if you will! And I love a good, homemade pudding, yes-sir-ee.

Chocolate PuddingTake a moment if you will and imagine a spoonful of this magic hitting your tongue. Then come back to reality and take in the fact that it could be yours in less than 30 minutes. Yes!! Oh my goodness it’s easier than you think. A one pot dessert that might lead to expressions of love and immense gratitude from all those around you.

Listen, you’ve probably got all the ingredients in your cupboard (if you’re a baker like me). It’s just chocolate, sugar, milk, eggs, butter, a pinch of salt and some cornstarch. No fancy instructions, and a few stirs of the spoon.

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate is of course the operative word here. This is no vanilla situation. It’s all lusciousness. Of course you could use chocolate chips to make this super easy. But they typically have additives to help solidify the shape and extra ingredients for various other reasons. I like the pure stuff for pudding. Oh baby this Scharffen Berger chocolate is to die for, and I love that it comes in chunks so it’s easy to melt (no chopping) and I can use any extra in my chocolate chip cookies!

This recipe comes from a collection of my friend Susan. Isn’t she the cutest thing stirring the pudding in this picture?

Susab stirring Chocolate PuddingShe has a vintage recipe collection that’s out of this world. You can see a ton of her recipes on her site, A Cake Bakes In Brooklyn. Don’t miss her Pecan Cookies posted on TaraTeaspoon as well.

Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Chocolate Pudding

How delicious is chocolate pudding? It's so comforting and evocative of the past. This recipe really appealed to me because it calls for egg yolks-they give pudding a wonderfully rich texture. It's from an all-dessert collection I bought on eBay, which came in a beautiful wooden box with the name A.E. Peterson etched inside. The recipes date all the way back to 1932.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine cornstarch, sugar, salt, chocolate and milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until well combined and mixture has thickened, about 8 min. Reduce heat to medium low and whisk constantly until very thick and smooth, about 18 min.
  2. Stir a little of the pudding into yolks in a bowl, then add yolk mixture back to pan. Add butter and cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 2 min more
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Speaking of delicious chocolate, try my Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting “smeared” on your favorite cupcake! And OH! Those Double Chocolate Muffins are another story!

Recipe shared by Susan LaRosa
Photograph Seth Smoot
Food Styling Cyd Raftus McDowell
Originally published Ladies’ Home Journal March 2012

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