Homemade Chocolate Pudding (and Mom!)

I’m pleased to have a “guest blogger” today. My mom (the original thrifty lady and ultimate chocolate lover) brings some words of wisdom and a great traditional chocolate recipe!

It is cold, damp and snowy outside today. Comfort food comes to mind. The aroma and taste of comfort food brings back warm memories.

Growing up my Mom would make chocolate pudding for dessert. It was an inexpensive treat to finish off our meals. We liked it warm with milk.

As our children were growing up there were days that I served food that was good for them, but not their favorites. (like liver and onions!) Plenty of mashed potatoes with a bowl of chocolate pudding for dessert was the ‘spoonful of sugar that helped the medicine to go down!’

Now when the grandchildren come to visit they like a bowl after their macaroni and cheese lunch. Ice cream is their topping of choice!

This is the original family recipe, updated for the microwave, but just as comforting!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Combine in microwave safe bowl: 1 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp. cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 3 Tbsp. cocoa.

Stir in 2 1/2 cups milk.

Cook on high in microwave until mixture is hot, but not boiling. Stir every 2 minutes.

Beat 3 egg yolks in a small bowl. Stir several spoonfuls of hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. Pour the egg mixture into the hot milk mixture stirring constantly. (This process is called tempering the eggs.) Continue to cook in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until the pudding is thick. Remove from microwave and stir in 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Serve warm with your favorite topping, or chill in the fridge for several hours and serve cold.”

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