Delicious Dark Chocolate Pudding

by Caterina Borg, Good Food Gourmet on November 1, 2010

I keep a very busy schedule during the week and when the weekend arrives, I’m catching up with things around the house that I did not get a chance to do during the week. By the time I have a moment to sit down and relax, it’s Monday again! Well, you know what I mean….

Around these parts, the Fall is a lovely but messy time of the year and my workload around the house now has to include the task of raking the leaves. As luck would have it, my property ends up being the benefactor of all of the leaves in the entire community, mostly because of the way the winds blows in between the houses but also because of how the property is situated on the street. For years, I have been dutifully raking my leaves and cleaning the garden before winter arrives, not once, not twice but usually three times!

Over the past few years, it has been challenging to set aside the requisite time mostly because of the extra time I have to put in at work these days and a nagging ankle injury that continually reminds me it that it will never be the same after the insertion of a lovely 10”rod and matching screws. My only consolation is the knowledge that I am blessed with several wonderful neighbors who are always there to help when I need them. One in particular whose quiet nature and kind heart has saved me from many dreaded tasks, including the shoveling of mountains of snow this past winter, and yes…the raking of these blessed leaves.

On this Saturday morning, I awoke to the busy sounds of the neighborhood…one neighbor fixing his shed, another vacuuming out her car, and that familiar swooshing noise that is made when someone is raking leaves. I looked out of my window and saw my dear neighbor Mark and his daughters, raking the leaves in front of my house. The leaves that were knee deep after only one week were slowly disappearing and being carted away on large tarps. They all worked tirelessly for a few hours and cleaned up as much as they could. These good souls had saved the day again…

With me, no good deed goes unnoticed and needless to say, I wanted to thank them for their thoughtfulness and kindness. I decided to make dinner for them on Sunday and decided on my delicious BBQ ribs in the oven with roast potatoes and for dessert, a creamy dark chocolate pudding that almost reminds you of chocolate mousse. I used bittersweet chocolate because I know his wife loves that, but you can easily use semisweet with excellent results too. It makes a really delicious dessert that does not have to be overly fussy. You can dress it up with whipped cream or have it as is…pure bliss.

And one more thing… thanks so much Mark, Robin & Susan!

***An original recipe from www.goodfoodgourmet.com

Dark Chocolate Pudding (serves 6-8)

3 cups half and half

6 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch, sifted

¼ cup cocoa powder (good quality, sifted)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ -2 cups semisweet chocolate (I used bittersweet)

Add the yolks, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and vanilla to a mixing bowl and combine into a paste. Heat the half and half until scalded (not boiling) and add in the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so that they do not stick to the bottom. Temper this mixture into the chocolate paste. Mix everything well and then add back into the pot and cook for about 10 minutes on low heat until the mixture begins to thicken. Once it has thickened, strain through a large sieve into a medium sized bowl. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.

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