Sweet Comfort from a Vermont Kitchen

December 5th, 2012 / Comments 3

This time of year the sun sets before I’ve finished my afternoon tea. The cold damp air mandates a roaring fire in the woodstove. This is the season between holidays. There’s lots to do and not a lot of energy to do it. It’s comfort food time. To me, comfort food is food that’s easy to prepare, flavorful with a creamy consistency – the perfect description of pudding.
pudding c egbert Sweet Comfort from a Vermont Kitchen
As a young cook, I made pudding by combining pudding mix with milk, cooked the mixture, stirring patiently, until it had big bubbles that plopped and spattered like the boiling mud pots at Yellowstone.The discomfort of a burned tongue, (the result of my unwillingness to wait until the pudding had cooled), was offset by the comfort I found in steaming bowls of silky, smooth chocolate pudding.

After mastering pudding made from a mix, I wanted to make a pudding ‘from scratch’. The box of tapioca on the shelf near the pudding mixes caught my eye. I was intrigued when I read that tapioca came from the poisonous root of the tropical cassava plant. I couldn’t resist the idea of an exotic food with roots in South America that combined danger and comfort in one bowl. When I want a quick dose of creamy comfort, I still make tapioca pudding, using the recipe on the side of the red and white box.

But, when I wanted luxury as well as comfort on a gray afternoon last week, I used heavy cream and imported chocolate and made a dense, dark pudding. Here’s how I did it:

Intense Chocolate Pudding

6 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

I used a wire whisk to combine the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom. When the dry ingredients were well combined and there were no lumps, I slowly stirred in the milk and cream. I brought the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently to keep the pudding from sticking or scorching and boiled the mixture, for thirty seconds, until it was thick. I took the pot off the heat and added the chocolate then returned it to the heat and whisked until the chocolate had melted. After boiling for one minute, the pudding had thickened again. I removed the pudding from the heat and stirred in the vanilla. I cooled the pudding for five minutes before pouring it into four bowls.

Served in delicate crystal bowls, topped with dollops of whipped cream and eaten with antique silver spoons, it is the epitome COMFORT. To achieve an ultimately luxurious dessert, I used Callebaut dark chocolate, heavy cream that was not ultra pasteurized, and vanilla extract made by steeping a vanilla bean in vodka.

Dense Dreamy Chocolate Pudding
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Recipe type: Dessert
Author: Carol Egbert
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
Outrageously rich, silky chocolate pudding is the epitome of comfort food.
Ingredients
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Use a whisk to combine sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom.
  2. Slowly stir in the milk and cream.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently.
  4. Boil mixture, for thirty seconds, until it is thick.
  5. Remove pot from heat, add chocolate and return it to the heat and whisk until chocolate has melted.
  6. Boiling for one minute.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  8. Cool pudding for five minutes before pouring it into four bowls.

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