Sunday, May 25, 2008

Double Chocolate Pudding Parfait

A chat between Child Ego and Adult Ego of yours truly.

Child Ego: I want chocolate pudding
Adult Ego: No, you shouldn’t! It is full of fat….you should stay away from it and eat healthy
Child Ego: No, it is good for bones!
Adult ego: What?? Who said so?
Child Ego: Susan said so!
Adult Ego: Susan? Who?
Child Ego: Susan of Food Blogga!
Adult Ego: What did she say?
Child Ego: She asked to eat chocolate pudding to get enough calcium for bones!!
Adult Ego: Really?
Child Ego: She also said that building strong bones early in life helps prevent osteoporosis later in life…..she eats chocolate pudding to get calcium….she is quite wise.
Adult Ego: hmm…interesting!
Child Ego: I want chocolate pudding….I want chocolate pudding…..
Adult Ego: well……let’s make then!!!

Adult Ego heads to kitchen and Child Ego sits there happily thinking of the silky and creamy chocolate pudding :)

Double Chocolate Pudding Parfait
(Recipe Source: Gourmet Magazine, 2008)

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup + 2tbsp sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup + 1tbsp unsweetend cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • 4oz fine quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Mix together cornstarch, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder and a pinch of salt in a saucepan, then gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, whisking until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in chopped chocolate and butter until melted. Transfer pudding to a bowl and give a quick chill by setting in an in ice bath and stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, beat cream with vanilla and remaining 2tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp cocoa powder until it holds stiff peaks.
  • Layer pudding followed by cream, into serving bowls. You may repeat the layers. Chill for one hour and dust it with some cocoa powder before serving.
Verdict: Both adult ego and child ego gave a thumbs up after enjoying the pudding parfait. The silkiness of the choclate pudding complemented quite well with the creaminess of whipped cream. Easy to put together and dangerously addictive.

Enjoy the long weekend !


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