velvety chocolate pudding

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{sorry … not the best picture, haha … (I was in a hurry to eat it!)}

I have never in my life made pudding before, but the other day, as I was looking through the Mad Hungry book, I came across this recipe and just *had* to give it a whirl. It is very easy to make, and excels (by far) the rubbery, store-bought stuff :).

velvety chocolate pudding ~ lucinda quinn

(serves 4 to 6 hungry boys ::grin::)

the cast of characters:

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… all-purpose flour …

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… best-quality cocoa powder …

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… sugar 🙂 …

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… salt …

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… milk (doesn’t have to be 2%, haha, that’s just what we had :))…

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… whoa, whoa, don’t worry … you don’t need THAT much butter 😉 just a little bit ::grin:: …

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… a nice, large egg 🙂 …

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… vanilla …

(aaaaand, the lucky girl that I am, my sister gave me this vanilla for Christmas … from Mexico!! … mmmm, can’t you just smell it? ;))

 

–> 3 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour

–> 3 tbsp best-quality cocoa powder

–> 1 cup sugar

–> a hefty pinch of coarse salt (I used Kosher)

–> 1 1/2 cups milk

–> 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

–> 1 large egg, well beaten

–> 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

the plan:

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{whisk together}

{press through sieve}

{press through sieve (or, like me, a colander)}

1) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cocoa, sugar, & salt. Press through a sieve (^like above ^) into a medium saucepan to eliminate any lumps. Whisk in milk.

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{you see all the pretty swirls? you’ll start to see that as it thickens}

2) Over medium heat, stir the mixture until thickened, about 2 1/2 minutes. Be sure to get the spoon around the edges of the pan as the mixture thickens, and make sure you stir it well enough so it doesn’t collect on the bottom –mine almost did! Stir in the butter.

3) Whisk 1 tbsp of the chocolate mixture into the beaten egg and return the pudding in the pan. Stir in the vanilla, and cook to completely thicken, 2 to 3 more minutes. (Unfortunately, something went a *wee* bit awry and my egg scrambled :(. But this was easily fixed by pressing it into the sieve once again.) Strain through a sieve and pour the pudding into four to six oz. pudding cups. You (or your men ;)) can gobble them up warm or cold– either way, it tastes great! 😀

In Christ,

Rachel

MAD HUNGRY– feeding men & boys

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(excerpts from Lucinda Quinn’s introduction in “Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys”)

“Men eat differently from women– they eat more, they eat constantly, and they eat passionately.

They ransack a packed refrigerator and scrounge crumbs from an empty one. They eat standing in front of the fridge, and they eat with their fingers. They always make a mess and never notice. They are all appetite and no pretense. “What’s for dinner?” is the most important, most burning question. Food is everything to them and food is nothing until their is noneBut feeding them well is what many of us love to do and few jobs feel as satisfying. It’s what keeps them healthy, keeps them happy, gives them some of the fondest memories, and teaches them to cook…

So no matter how busy you are, saute that onion, rip up some fresh basil, or slow-roast a pork shoulder.

That’s all it takes to fill their sense memory and make your family feel good for a lifetime….

Home cooking feels good, is healthier and cheaper, and tastes better than processed food. It also liberates you from the angst ridden daily choices of food labels that scream low-fat, low-salt, high-carb, low-carb, artificially sweetened or, worse, promise better health (all natural) when there is none. The whole fast-food approach is leading us down the wrong ugly path. Now is the time to do something about it.

Cook good honest food and the rest will take care of itself.

Feeding men is an art form, really. I think most of us have men in our lives, whether they be a father, son, or husband — they’re everywhere.

And they need our help 🙂

I bought this book, in hopes of learning how to cook for my father, and, hopefully someday, my husband ::grin::

Lucinda Quinn understands this need that men have– the need for good food.

And in what better way can we show our love for the men in our lives … than preparing a wonderful, steaming home-cooked meal? No one is more fit for the job than us, to fulfill this need 🙂

I will be experimenting with a new genre of recipes, the kind that satisfies man-hunger (or, if you’re like me, a girl with a big appetite). 🙂 This will be another category of recipes for wives, and mothers, and stay-at-home daughters, and is meant to inspire you to create food that will not just taste good, but will bring you closer to these men in your life, and will leave heart-warming memories of cooking together in the kitchen for years to come. 😀