Tuesday, February 24, 2009

{CHOCOLATE PUDDING}

This is a great little treat to make because it's so easy and quick - from start to finish in less than 10 minutes!

1/2 c. sugar
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder*
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/8 t. salt
2 3/4 c. vanilla soymilk (original would also work)

2 T. vegan butter spread (optional - I left it out and couldn't tell a difference)
1 t. vanilla


• In a saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt, until there are no lumps.

• Stir in milk, and place over medium heat (or high heat, if you have no patience)

• Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon (this should only take about 5-6 minutes).

• Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla. Let cool briefly, and serve warm, or chill in refrigerator until serving.**


*I have also made this with carob powder for a great carob pudding.

**This makes enough for me and my husband to each have a big bowl, and then there's enough left over for me to have another bowl the next day for a snack. If you're making it for a big family you may want to double the recipe, but just as a warning, it will take a lot longer to thicken. Which is why we just make it at night after the kids have gone to bed.

Here's what it looks like. It's pretty hot still. See the steam? It tastes great just like this:

BUT

We prefer to eat ours like this (with bananas and vanilla soy ice-cream):



(I have no idea why this picture is sideways. I am not an expert food photographer. I promise it still tastes good.)

6 comments:

Rebekah said...

mmm! i love this one! i also leave out the margarine, and if i use vanilla soy, i leave out the vanilla. any sweetener works too. i've used evaporated cane juice and honey.

Rebekah said...

if you do use honey, use only 1/2 to 2/3 the amount.

Marian said...

I used sucanat in mine, and it was great.

Victor said...

We replaced the sugar with 1/4 cup of sucanut and 1/8 tsp stevia. And it ROCKS! Stevia is better for you, just in case you didn't know.

Eliza said...

ok Vic, with knowledge like that you should be a contributor. Tell Tine to send you an invite link.

Rebekah said...

we just had leftover carob pudding for lunch. it was delicious. thanks to mom's suggestion, i now make it in my vita-mix. blend it for several minutes (mom says 7). it's warm and thickening. then just poor it into a saucepan over medium heat and thicken the rest of the way. it's not faster, but you don't have to stand and stir the whole time. also, it makes it more like mousse than pudding, cause it whips air into it. i really like it that way.

and one more thing . . . i only use 1/3 cup evaporated can juice, and it's plenty sweet.