Chocolate Pudding Recipe
I was soooo very excited when the Chocolate Pudding recipe was chosen for this weeks Tuesdays With Dorie challenge. You see, I made this a few months ago, and smart girl that I was, I took tons of pictures, just in case. Just in case the Chocolate Pudding recipe was chosen! You see the connection? My mind is always spinning!
Thanks to Melissa from It's Melissa's Kitchen for picking Chocolate Pudding from Baking: From My Home To Yours on page 383. That's if you have your own book, which you should have already. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet and joined the other 225 other Tuesdays With Dorie's baking fools that obsess each and every Tuesday over the baked good of the week, well then, you can find this Chocolate Pudding Recipe by clicking on Melissa's blog.
What? No Food Processor?
Living on a small boat presents certain challenges from time to time and this was no exception. There just wasn't room for a regular sized food processor on NIRVANA. I was lucky at the time to have my little Hamilton Beach hand held mixer! Things have changed drastically since then, (new boat, new mixer, new food processor) but at the time I had to have my homemade Chocolate Pudding. I brought back one of my baked pie shells from a recent visit to Vermont and I was in business! I followed the recipe to the letter, except that I used my mixer instead of the food processor.
I read the directions again after I made the pudding and decided it was a good thing I used the mixer instead. Clean up was a lot quicker with less to wash, that's for sure! And the mixer produced the same results. A nice creamy, luscious Chocolate Pudding! I've read a few other TWD blogs today and they too have decided that the clean up was also a mess and if they ever made the pudding again, they would definitely go back to their own method. Dorie's recipe was fantastic and I would use it again and do it just the way I did it this time...with a mixer and far less bowls!
Chocolate Cream Pie
So, what do you do with a big pot of chocolate pudding? I'll tell you what I did. I made a Chocolate Cream Pie! Here's my tried and true Best Ever Flaky Pie Crust Recipe that I've been making for 200 years! It always comes out perfect. No holes, no tearing, you don't have to chill it or roll it between stupid pieces of plastic wrap. I taught John and my sons how to make this crust years ago and if a bunch of He-Man guys can make a pie crust, then you can too! And if you don't have a rolling pin, then use a chilled bottle of white wine to roll your pie crust. Why a chilled bottle? Silly baker! So you can drink it when you're done making your pie crust!
How-To Decorate A Chocolate Cream Pie
So, I poured the hot pudding into the baked pie shell, put a piece of plastic wrap over the top so it wouldn't form a skin and put it in the mini bar...I mean mini fridge! I let it cool completely, then whipped up a big batch of sweetened whipped cream, spooned it into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and piped billowy clouds of cream on top of the pudding. Then I decorated it with mini chocolate chips and Chocolate Ganache. Yowsa! What an awesome combination! Chocolate Heaven on Earth! John and I have a saying for food that knocks our socks off, but this is a family-friendly blog, so I really can't say it here. I'll only allude to what it is, OK? We'd say "That's a Chocolate Or***m!" And so it was!
Sweetened Whipped Cream Recipe:
- 2 cups cold heavy cream
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whip cream on medium-high speed using a hand-held or stand mixer until almost stiff. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff. Pipe or spread on pie.
Pudding Skin or No Pudding Skin? That is the question!
Oh, and the age old debate continues ~ pudding skin or no pudding skin? What do you like best? My Grandma made the best Chocolate Cream Pie evah! I was a kid back then, but I always remember her making my favorite pudding...with an extra little bowl just for me, with skin! I loved chocolate pudding skin! And to this day, mmmm years later, I still absolutely and totally love pudding skin! Course, you can't make skin with the new and improved instant boxed puddings! It has to be made the old fashioned way...ya gotta cook it. So, when I made this Chocolate Cream Pie, sweet memories flooded my soul and I was right back in Grandma's kitchen - flour everywhere, pots and pans in the sink and a little girl with a chocolate smudge on her face and a bowl of pudding skin! And Cindy, if you're reading this, and I know you are, it'll take you back too!
Make Some Chocolate Pudding...NOW!
- So, here's your assignment:
- Click on my Flaky Pie Crust Recipe and print it off.
- Click on How To Roll A Pie Crust Without A Rolling Pin (it's just a few posts down!).
- Click on Melissa's blog for Dorie's Chocolate Pudding Recipe and maybe you can print it off.
- Make some sweetened whipped cream (see above recipe).
- Then, pour a BIG glass of milk, get comfy and browse through some of the Tuesdays With Dorie blogroll to see some more spectacular Chocolate Pudding photos!