The Minimalist's article last week on old-fashioned homestyle puddings got us hankering for some plain chocolate pudding. Put down that box - easy, mild milk chocolate pudding is only a few minutes away.
This isn't super rich, oozing with intense dark chocolate or fancy flavorings. It's plain, creamy chocolate pudding like the stuff that comes out of the box or the snack pack - only better. And it literally only takes five minutes.
makes about 2 cups
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mx the sugar, cocoa powder, salt and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the milk and cream in a small saucepan until bubbles form around the edges. Take out a cup of the liquid and whisk rapidly into the dry ingredients, then add everything back into the pan.
Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, just until it thickens. This will only take a couple minutes. Stir in vanilla, then pour into a container and refrigerate with plastic wrap touching the top so a skin doesn't form. (Or not, if you're a fan...)