I was in a bad mood yesterday. I wanted chocolate, and thought that I wanted to bake, but decided against it for laziness reasons. So, for kicks, I pulled out my pudding recipe and added cocoa to it.
First, the basic vanilla version…
2 1/2 cups milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
Place 2 cups milk and salt in a saucepan. Sprinkle sugar on milk. Let them sit for a minute without stirring for at least a few minutes; heat over medium-high. Quickly combine cornstarch with remaining milk; add egg yolks and mix well. When milk comes to a full boil, remove saucepan from the heat and stir in cornstarch mixture (I always temper the egg/cornstarch mixture first). Return to the heat and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and butter. Pour into individual dishes. Serve warm.
Now I took this recipe and added 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the egg mixture. It was tasty, but extremely rich. I would recommend starting with 1/4 cup of cocoa for a less intense flavor.
Also note, this recipe is meant to be served warm. If you chill it before eating, it will start to get a bit gloopy. It still tastes wonderful, it’s just not as smooth and pretty as it is when it’s warm.
I would have taken a picture, but I devoured all of it before I thought about it.