To me, January screams pudding. I know, I know, just last week, I went on about how this is a resolution-filled time of year and that you should be healthy. And I know that so many of you are so tempted to break something that you have kept up for 12 whole days, but are determined not to. And then here I come, luring you with my chocolate pudding, telling you to have it just because I think that it embodies a month?! It’s just soooo good.
No, really. It’s so good that I dare say that you should forget about those resolutions. It’s creamy, extremely satisfying, and warming, especially during this time of year when you would rather sit in the car because of the seat heaters than make the frigid 3 minute walk to the apartment. It is so very cozy and delicious.
And the real best part, it’s not even that bad for you! Well, relatively. I’m no calorie expert, but I think when you swap out 2% milk for whole, and dark chocolate for the milk variety, we’re doing our hearts a real favor. Maybe even adding years! And, a little goes a long way with this pudding. Oh and, you can eat it with fruit! This is practically health food.
This pudding – it will make you feel taller. Which is good because my resolution is to have better posture.
Chocolate Pudding (adapted from Scharffen Berger)
1/4 cup cornstarch
scant 1/2 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
3 cups milk (I used 2%)
6.5 oz. dark chocolate
Mix cornstarch, sugar and salt in the top of a double boiler. Slowly whisk in milk. Stir constantly until slightly thickened, coating a spoon, about 30 minutes. Mix in chocolate until incorporated and keep on top of double boiler for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into ramekins or bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.