In my mind, there is very little chocolate pudding won’t solve.
It’s cold and creamy, nostalgic and comforting.
It’s also equally appreciated after a light summer meal or a hearty winter dinner.
And, as the recipe title suggests, it’s a decadent guilty pleasure that seems to taste even better when indulged in the middle of the night, in the dark of the kitchen, alone with your thoughts and sleeplessness.
I first found this recipe in 2010. And it continues to be the best – and easiest! – I’ve come across. Enjoy!
Chocolate Pudding at Midnight
Although the pudding itself can be made in about 30 minutes, be sure to account for the additional cooling time (at least 30 minutes).
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 25
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: Serves 6
- Category: Pudding
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- 1/4 cup cornstarch (32 g)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp fine-grain salt (like table or sea salt)
- 3 cups whole milk
- 6 oz semisweet chocolate (60%), chopped
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine the cornstarch, sugar and salt in the top of a double boiler.
- Slowly whisk in the milk, scraping the bottom and sides with a heatproof spatula to incorporate the dry ingredients.
- Place over gently simmering water and stir occasionally, scraping the bottom and sides. Use a whisk as necessary should lumps begin to form.
- After 15-20 minutes, when the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of the spatula, add the chocolate. Continue stirring for ~2 to 4 minutes, or until the pudding is smooth and thickened.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Pour into individual serving dishes, or one large dish.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days.
- To make the pudding, be sure to use a proper double boiler or a stainless steel bowl. The milk mixture will take forever to thicken in a glass bowl.
- If you want extra-silky pudding, before pouring into the serving dish(es), strain it through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl or measuring cup with a spout . (To be honest, though, I rarely do this.)
- Pudding skin: Yes or No? If you don’t want pudding skin, be sure to place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding before refrigerating.
- If you keep the pudding in the refrigerator closer to 3 days, be aware that natural water separation may appear. No worries! The pudding will still be delicious.
- This recipe is very slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who found it via Wednesday Chef, who found it in the Scharffenberger cookbook, Essence of Chocolate. Whew! That’s an impressive recipe trail 😉
Keywords: chocolate, pudding, dessert, gluten free