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 will 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.
Aimee @ Simple Bites says
Love these baking basics. And you’ve dressed the pudding cups up so cutely!
Hmm, this was going to be a sugar-free week, but now you’ve go my wheels turning!
Am I a broken record when I come here?? Just gorgeous girl!!! Love this!
Love the cute little cups!
So darling. You must get tired of reading my same comment. However everything you make is darling and always brings a smile to my lips! Thank you love!
I LOVE homemade chocolate pudding. Warm or cold. Gorgeous photos!
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
Those are the sweetest looking little bowls of pudding EVER! I’ve never made homemade pudding myself, but you definitely have me thinking about it now. My girls would adore me for it!
Chef Evelyn says
OMG! I just love chocolate pudding! But I only like the homemade kind. It kind of reminds me of chocolate pastry cream (which I only like warm). Your presentation is beautiful!
This is something easy that everyone could make. Even with their kids to pack into their lunches. Thanks for sharing.
Maris (In Good Taste) says
What adorable bowls of chocolate pudding!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
I really like that top down shot of the ingredients Naomi, it’s beautiful, as are the pudding cups.
I’ve never made pudding. I need to get on it!
Cookbook Queen says
This is seriously the best looking pudding I’ve ever seen!! So cute and fun. And I agree-definitely a recipe everyone should have in their recipe box!!
Tickled Red says
Yeah for homemade pudding! This would be perfect right now…but for now I’ll just have pine away for a bowl.
Homemade pudding makes me think of my mom… I used to sit by the stove waiting for the pudding to be done. Sooooo good!
these look so festive!! wow, great for a fantastic celebratory dinner. (also I don’t have any kids yet, so I would make them for myself).
Brooke (Baking with Basil) says
I don’t think I’ve ever had homemade pudding before. I can’t wait to try this out!!
I’m not sure if someone already asked this, if this is a repeat question I’m sorry, but can you substitute skim milk for the whole milk?
Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says
Great tip… I love this kind of “back to basics” post. Strangely enough, pudding isn’t something I make often, and I was never really sure how to make homemade pudding (instead of the instant junk). Bookmarking this post!
Great pictures. I love the colorful sprinkles on top!
Justin Long says
I’m just curious which stage you sieve the mixture at, before or after cooking? Thanks
Justin Long says
Never mind I just answered my own question
I see that Justin asked about the sieving, and I too am perplexed. I see the photo of the sieve, but no mention in the instructions…
Justin… when to sieve?
Love these simple, quick & delicious desserts!
love pudding! chocolate most.
i am trying the pudding but i think i did something wrong because it is not getting harder
Little Cooking Tips says
Excellent work Naomi! Tweeted ASAP!:) Thank you for the wonderful post,have a great Sunday!
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