Chocolate Pudding!

Pot de creme is just fancy pudding, but this recipe is the opposite of the original. No need to waste time with a water bath. All the ingredients minus the chocolate get cooked together (watch the heat so the egg yolks don't curdle!) and blended with chopped chocolate. Hellooo Ninja – it's been a while. Leave time to chill in the fridge and feel free to meringue the leftover egg whites. (Click here for the recipe from The Food Network)

Notes: lazy chefs (me) use chocolate chips. If it's not smooth enough, push all the ingredients through a sieve after blending, then chill.

Eat –B

 

When Life Gives You Leftover Challah Pudding

So this seemed like a good idea and the non-baker's way to offer up super fast dessert. Adding chocolate chips makes bread pudding Valentine's Day friendly too! More to the point, I scored some major household points.

As this was a first timer for me, I admit I may make adjustments. That said, baking eggs and milk is science, just not the rocket kind. It's forgiving.

Ingredients

2 cups milk room temp

2 eggs room temp

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla, or more

Pinch of salt

(Maybe 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon next time)

1/2 challah or loaf of brioche, stale or not, roughly 1 inch cubes

Big handful of chips, or more

Unsalted Butter for baking dish, 2 quart dish

*note, mine was more deep than shallow meaning extra baking time. More shallow = less baking time

Preheat oven 350

Rub butter all over baking dish and up the sides. Mix milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt. Toss that mixture with the bread. Let it soak a few. Pour half into baking dish, sprinkle generously with chips. Pour in the rest. More chips! Bake 50 min – 1 hour until the middle shows no sign of liquid when pressed.

Rest 10 minutes.

Eat – B

 

Meat free and Monday Pudding

I'm not advocating for weeknight dessert after reading the latest in the NYT's from noted food and health doctor Robert Lustig regarding sugar consumption. BUT as a treat, this “Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding” from Better Homes and Gardens works just fine. Hands down it eclipses powdered pudding!

A couple of notes, the first step can take a bit, at least 15 minutes by my watch. But don't rush milk that's thickening, or adding eggs to hot liquid. You'd regret it.

Also the only true way to have completely lump free pudding would be to strain it. I didn't and it was fine, but a table topic nonetheless (ingrates :).

I may try the recipe again with 1/4 cup less of sugar. It's a little sweet and I suspect it would come together anyway.

And think about a dash of cinnamon – couldn't hurt and supposedly great for cardiovascular health. So that's something.

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

3 cups half-and-half or whole milk

4 egg yolks, lightly beaten

1 Tbsp. butter

2 tsp. vanilla or vanilla paste

1/4 teaspoon salt

In medium saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Add dairy and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually add 1 cup hot liquid to egg yolks while stirring, then whisk egg mixture into pot. Bring to gentle boil and reduce heat. Cook 2 more minutes. Take off heat, adding butter, vanilla and salt.

Pour into 6 bowls, let stand 45 minutes, serve or chill.

Whip cream and/or berries optional. Or think about mini chips in that bad boy!

Eat – B