An eggless chocolate pudding that spells decadence and comfort at the same time. Its fast and easy. I served it with some almond dirt and fresh fruits!
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
I had a dream …a dream in which I had stumbled into a house made of gingerbread , brandy snaps and all kinds of chocolate known to human kind a la` Hansel & Gretel! ( Rem the days of fairy tale)??
It was such a vision…me biting away at the house..bit by bit…till nothing remained except me!! On the other hand, I think there might be something seriously wrong with me to be having such dreams…and at my age and weight too!! 😉
Forget weight and diet..My hand and my mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve my brain.
Thats it. I have said enough. I rest my case now… Diet or no diet…Chocolate it is!!
So anyways natural progression of the delicious dream was to have some chocolate in my system .. pronto! Before it shut down and rebooted or something..
And given that Mr. Sun was up and glowing gently after a spate of seven dull, cloudy,incessantly rainy days, I decided this demanded a celebration…. and when I talk celebration , it means a dessert… and if its dessert its got to be chocolate coz in my book “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.”
But I wasn’t in the mood for anything too elaborate or labor intensive…I just wanted something quick and simple but still every bit as decadently scrumptious as its more time taking cousins,…
I spent some ten minutes thinking, ( read scratching my bed head) … wrote down some ideas.. promptly scratched them out and then just out of no where I remembered reading this recipe somewhere…
It was gonna be an Eggless Chocolate Pudding kind of a day… In one word… YUMMM.
Its really easy and barely takes anytime at all , baring the setting time… Its really rich and creamy, smooth and sooo moreish, decadent, gorgeous and every bit as good as it looks.
Serving Suggestions: I served this decadent dessert with some almond dirt and fresh fruits to make it a tad more adult friendly. But the next morning, I had a couple of bug spoonfuls of the pudding as it is, and had a perfect start to a great day!
Chocolate Pudding - eggless
Recipe type: Dessert
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ cup tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, I used Hershey's.
- Salt - a pinch
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 150 gms semisweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)
- ½ teaspoon pure mint extract
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 6-6 large almond biscotti
- Garnish: mint sprigs, assorted fresh fruits like cherries, kiwi, plums and nectarines.
- Start by mixing the dry ingredients like sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt in a medium saucepan.
- Next make the cream mixture by combining cream, milk, and vanilla in a bowl.
- Now, measure 1 cup of the cream mixture, and add that to the dry ingredients mix. Whisk till cornstarch is dissolved.
- Add remaining cream mixture, and whisk until smooth.
- Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until thick, about 5 minutes.
- Once the mixture is thick, (should basically just coat the back of a spoon) ,reduce heat to low, and add the chocolate pieces. Whisk until chocolate melts, about 1 minute. It should look pretty smooth.
- Remove from heat. Add mint extract and butter, and whisk until butter melts. It should have a shine to it now.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.
- Just before serving, pulse biscotti in a food processor until finely ground.
- To serve: Top each pudding with some almond dirt and garnish with fresh fruits and mint sprig. Serve chilled.
- You can also serve it in dessert glasses in layers.