Homemade pudding is one of those things you can do in minutes. I’ve been known to whip it up late at night or fifteen minutes before company arrived. It’s very easy to make. You'll wonder why you ever bothered buying a mix. The basic ingredients -- milk, cornstarch, and sugar -- are probably in your kitchen right now. I’ve made lots of pudding over the years, but my favorite recipe came from Have Your Cake and Eat It Too, by Susan G. Purdy. She added corn syrup to recipe, and I still think it’s the best! I’ve monkeyed with it a hair so it’s not quite as low fat as her original recipe, but it’s still on the low fat side of the equation and has all the rich flavor we crave.
I’ve further simplified the whole process by using four tools: a heavy bottomed pot; a two-cup Pyrex measuring cup; a whisk; and a mini-whisk. No point in washing a lot of stuff!
2 cups nonfat milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus two tablespoons unsweetened powdered cocoa
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 - 2 tablespoons butter
1. Pour the milk into the Pyrex measuring cup.
2. Combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in the pot. Whisk together and get rid of any lumps. Use the whisk like spoon, it’s just more efficient in breaking up the lumps.
3. Pour the cold milk into the pot and whisk until blended.
(Note that you still haven't turned on the stove!)
4. Measure the corn syrup in the same Pyrex cup. Add to the pot and whisk in.
5. Turn the burner to medium high and bring to a gentle boil, using the whisk as a spoon and stirring. You may need to turn down the heat when it begins to bubble. Cook so it gently bubbles, stirring with the whisk for one minute. It will thicken.
6. Remove from heat temporarily.
7. Break the egg into the same Pyrex cup and
whisk with the small whisk (or a fork).
Drop a tiny amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg and whisk immediately to temper it. Add a little bit more and whisk. (This is so the egg won’t seize up and cook when it’s added to the warm liquid.)
8. Add the egg to the milk mixture and whisk in.
9. Bring to a gentle boil again and let cook for one minute, stirring the whole time.
10. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the butter.
At this point, you can spoon it into cups or little bowls. This is a great way to use those little cups that came with your china. Spoon the pudding into the cups, refrigerate until firm, and turn over onto a plate to serve. My great indulgence is to eat it warm, but it’s perfectly delicious cold, too. Serve with fruit or cookies -- or just plain!
If you prefer Vanilla Pudding, check out my very similar recipe Vanilla Pudding at my website.
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