Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

A few weeks ago, my friend Sherri, gave me a great recipe for Vanilla Pudding.

Since then another friend A Boleyn, has come up with another little gem.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

Uber simple and very delicious. With so little effort a great chocolate pudding emerges.

It calls for scalded milk.  Milk is scalded by bringing it to the boil over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until it just starts to boil.  The reason for scalding milk is that it destroys the enzymes that prevent the milk from thickening.

As I discovered with the Vanilla Pudding I made a few days ago, if you rinse out the mold with cold water just before pouring in the pudding to set it will easily come out once chilled.  That makes me happy.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding

• 2 cup whole milk
• 3 tbsp cornstarch
• 4 tbsp sugar (can increase to 1/3 cup if desired)
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp good quality cocoa
• 1 tsp vanilla

Scald 1 1/2 cups of milk in a heavy saucepan (look for tiny bubbles around the edge).

Mix together the cornstarch, sugar, salt and cocoa, add the remaining 1/2 cup milk, and stir until well blended.

Stir in the scalded milk and blend well. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and stir constantly over medium heat until thickened.

Let the pudding boil for one minute while stirring briskly.

Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and let cool for a few minutes. Stir in the vanilla, spoon into serving dishes.

You can eat the pudding warm or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.