Baking Basics: How to make homemade pudding
Homemade Chocolate Pudding ~ Keeping a favorite childhood dessert simple and easy.
Homemade chocolate pudding is filed in my recipe box under the category Sunday desserts. Simple, easy, uncomplicated—everything I want my Sunday to be before I start the work week and that includes my dessert.
Simple in technique, rich in flavor and smooth in texture you will be licking your spoon clean. Pudding is the basis for a few desserts you will see featured this week, so I figured I might as well make it a Baking Basics feature. Especially since homemade pudding is so easily adaptable you can make it into just about any flavor you want once you have the base recipe mastered.
For now, this is a short and sweet post that is fitting for an uncomplicated dessert. And for those wondering, yes, this is ten times better than the box stuff and not that much longer or harder to make. Homemade pudding takes about 15 minutes make.
A few notes:
- Pudding is highly adaptable, so change out the chocolate portion to your flavor preference, i.e. peanut butter, Nutella, salted caramel, butterscotch, any fruit flavors by adding fruit puree, etc. Keep in mind you may have to adjust to the amount slightly for flavor and consistency.
- Don’t skimp the sieve portion. No matter how much you whisk a few cornstarch pellets well form and leave a lumpy texture if left unstrained.
- To store place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming-that is unless you like it, in which case just cover at the container’s edge and refrigerate.
Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Makes approximately 5-6 cups
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups cold whole milk
- 3/4 cups dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1. Combine cirnstarch, sugar, salt and milk in a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously. Transfer mixture to a heat proof bowl and place over (not on) simmering water for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pudding is ready when mixture coats the back of the spoon. Add chocolate or preferred flavor and stir to combine. Add vanilla and stir to combine.