Budino Di Cioccolato

This is chocolate pudding by another name, but somehow it sounds better in Italian. But frankly, language is irrelevant here: we're talking pure, all-encompassing bliss. When you eat it cooled, it is like chocolate satin cream and almost shocking in its pleasurable intensity, but I love it, too, hot and straight out of the pan when it is like the best hot chocolate you've ever had, in spoonable form.

TOTAL TIME: 20 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
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Directions

Put the kettle on, and warm the milk and cream together either in a saucepan or microwave.

Put the sugar and cornstarch into another saucepan and sieve in the cocoa. Add the 2 tablespoons of boiling water and whisk to a paste.

Then whisk in the egg yolks, 1 at a time, followed by the warmed milk and cream, and then the vanilla extract.

Scrape down the sides of your pan and put it on the heat, cooking and whisking for about 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture thickens - if it helps, think of consistency like mayonnaise.

Take off the heat and whisk in the finely chopped chocolate, before pouring into 4 small cups or glasses each with a yield of about 2/3 of a cup.

Cover the tops of the cups with clingfilm/clingwrap (plastic wrap) to stop them from forming a skin, and then refrigerate once they are cooler. Make sure they are not still fridge-cold when you serve them. You can add a blob of cream on top if you like.

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