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Espresso powder and semi-sweet chocolate transforms this creamy homemade chocolate pudding from a kid's snack to a truly decadent adult's dessert.
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Espresso Chocolate Pudding

Espresso powder and semi-sweet chocolate transforms this creamy homemade chocolate pudding from a kid's snack to a truly decadent adult's dessert.
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 8 minutes
Servings 6
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 8 pieces
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped fine

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together vanilla and espresso powder. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar cocoa, cornstarch, and salt. Add egg yolks and cream and whisk until combined. Whisk in milk.
  • Heat contents of saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to simmer. Continue to stir until thickened, about 5 to 8 minutes. Heat for 30 seconds longer, then remove pan from heat and add butter and chocolate. Stir until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla mixture.
  • Pour pudding through a fine-mesh strainer into a large serving bowl.
  • Press lightly greased parchment paper or plastic wrap against surface of pudding to prevent a crust from forming as it cools. Place pudding in the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours.
  • Stir pudding briefly before serving. Garnish with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

Notes

It is very important that the mixture get hot enough in Step 3 to allow the cornstarch to thicken the liquid. Otherwise, you will end up with chocolate soup. However, don't be alarmed when your pudding is not at its desired consistency when you remove it from the stove. It will firm up a lot while it chills in the refrigerator.
Cook's Illustrated September 2011