Chocolate Pudding From Dorie Greenspan

download2 1/4 cups whole milk
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into 4 pieces
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Bring 2 cups of the milk and 3 tablespoons of the sugar to the boil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.

While the milk is heating, toss the cocoa, cornstarch and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse to blend; turn the dry ingredients out onto a sheet of wax paper.  Place the egg, yolks and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar in the bowl and process for 1 minute.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the remaining 1/4 cup milk.  Process for a few seconds, return the dry ingredients to the bowl and pulse, just until blended.

With the machine running, slowly pour in the hot milk, processing to blend.  The mixture will be foamy, but the bubbles will disappear when the pudding is cooked.  Return the mixture to the saucepan, set the pan over medium-high heat and, stirring without stop, cook for about 2 minutes, or until the pudding thickens and one bubble rises to the surface – the pudding should not boil.  Scrape the pudding into the processor, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is evenly blended.

Pour the pudding into six 1/2-cup bowls.  If you don’t want a skin to form on the tops of the puddings, press a piece of plastic wrap directly against the surface of each pudding.  (As you can see, I let the skin the form – we like it that way chez us.)

Chill for at least 4 hours before serving plain or topped with heavy cream, whipped or not.  Makes 6 servings

Sipping Chocolate from food52

15592864174_11b891eb0e_b2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon honey
3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon orange zest

  • Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan and heat on low, stirring with a whisk until the chocolate has melted.
  • Continue to heat until the sipping chocolate has turned a nice dark brown color and is warm (10 to 15 minutes), stirring occasionally. Do not heat the milk to boiling.
  • Strain the sipping chocolate into 4 cups. Serve immediately.  serves 4

Dorie Greenspan’s Hot and Cold Chocolate

  • 2015_0202_dorie_greenspans_genius_hot_chocolate_as-208 15818222153_9437fb4ee3_b3cups (750 grams) whole milk
  • 1/3cup (80 grams) water
  • 1/3cup (65 grams) sugar
  • 6ounces (175 grams) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  1. To make hot chocolate: Bring the milk, water, and sugar just to the boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate. The hot chocolate needs to be blended at this point. At Ladurée, this is done with a hand-held blender (also called an immersion blender). If you have this tool, leave the hot chocolate in the saucepan and whip it with the hand-held blender for 1 minute. If you don’t have a hand-held blender, transfer the chocolate to a traditional blender and whip on high speed for 1 minute. (When blending hot liquids, be sure to remove the center insert from the top of the blender, and cover the top with a folded kitchen towel to allow steam to escape.) The chocolate should be served immediately, while it is still very hot and frothy. Alternatively, you can pour the chocolate into a container to cool; the cooled chocolate can be reheated or served chilled. (The chocolate can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept tightly covered in the refrigerator.)
  2. To reheat chilled hot chocolate: Working in a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the chocolate, stirring gently, just until the first bubble pops on the surface. Pull the pan from the heat, whip the chocolate for 1 minute with a hand-held blender (or in a traditional blender), and serve immediately.
  3. To make cold hot chocolate: Chill the hot chocolate until it is very cold, then stir in 3/4 cup (200 grams) cold milk. Whip the cold chocolate for 1 minute with a hand-held blender (or in a traditional blender). Serve the cold hot chocolate over an ice cube or two.
  4. Keeping: Once blended, the hot chocolate can be cooled and refrigerated in a tightly sealed jar for 2 days; reheat gently, or serve as cold hot chocolate.
  5. Cold hot chocolate makes a fabulous ice cream float. Greenspan whips the cold chocolate to froth, pours it into a tall glass — beer glasses are great for this — and adds ice cream. While the traditional go-with-chocolate flavors, like vanilla, coffee, vanilla-fudge, and chocolate in all its renditions, are always good, her favorite floatable flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. serves 4

Brownie Puddle from: The Pie and Pastry Bible, Rose Levy Beranbaum


1 cup pecan pieces or coarsely chopped pecans (I used 1.5 cups walnuts)
14 tbsps. unsalted butter
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I used 3.5 oz. bar of Lindt 70%)
1/2 cup + 2 teas. unsweetened cocoa, preferably fine-quality
Dutch-processed (I used Hershey’s, but it is Dutch-processed)
1 cup + 3 tbsp. sugar
3 large eggs
2 teas. pure vanilla extract
3 oz. cream cheese cut into pieces
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
pinch salt

Ganache Puddle
2/3 of a 3 oz. bar of bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream, at room temperature

A 9.5 inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom, bottom greased, lined with parchment, and then lightly sprayed with nonstick vegetable spray.

Preheat over to 325 degrees at least 15 minutes before bake. Set an oven
rack in the middle of the oven before preheating.

Please the pecans on a cookie sheet and toast them. stirring occasionally,
for about 10 minutes or just until the color deepens slightly. Cool

In a double boiler over hot water or in microwave-proof bowl, melt the
butter and chocolate, stirring two or three times. If using a double
boiler, transfer the mixture to a bowl.

Beat the cocoa, then the sugar, into the chocolate mixture, beating until
incorporated. (If you are doing this by hand, use a whisk.) Beat in the
eggs and vanilla. When incorporated, beat in the cream cheese until only
small bits remain. Add the flour and salt and mix only until the flour is
fully moistened. Stir in the nuts.

Place the prepared tart pan on a cookie sheet to catch any possible leaks.
Scrape the batter into the pan and spread it evenly. It will fill the pan
almost to the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the batter has set. A toothpick
inserted 1 inch from the side should come out clean. The mixture will puff
and rise a little above the sides but sinks on cooling.

Make the ganache puddle

While the brownie is baking, prepare the puddle. Melt the chocolate in a
double boiler over hot but not simmering water, stirring occasionally, or
in a microwave, using 15 second burst on high power and stirring several
times. Add the cream and stir gently until the mixture is smooth and dark.
If necessary (if the cream was too cold and the mixture is not entirely
smooth), return it to the heat and stir until totally fluid and uniform in

As soon as the brownie is removed from the oven, grease the end of a wooden
spoon (1/2 inch diameter) and insert it into the brownie at 1 inch
intervals, all the way to the bottom, twisting slightly as your insert and
withdraw it to create 23 to 28 little holes. Using a small spoon or a
re-closable freezer bag with a small piece cut off one corner, fill the
holes with the ganache until slightly rounded on top (you will need at
least 1/2 teaspoon for each). Place the pan on a wire rack and cool
completely. The chocolate puddles will sink in as the brownie cools and
more ganache can be added to fill in any depressions as long as the brownie
is still warm enough to melt it. (If necessary, you can set the tart under
a lamp to heat the ganache puddles and make them smooth.)

Unmold the tart, and place it onto a serving plate. To serve, use a thin
sharp knife to cut into wedges. Oven temperature: 325 F
Baking time: 30 to 35 minutes
Serves: 8

Store:  Wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container room temperature, up to 1 week; refrigerated, up to 1 month; frozen, several
months. Try it frozen or chilled if you like a chewy brownies, at room temperature for a softer creamier texture.

CARAMEL VARIATION: Caramel blends perfectly with the chocolate and pecans and is wonderful both at room temperature and refrigerated, when it becomes more sticky and chewy. Make a half recipe of the Caramel Sauce and use it in place of the chocolate puddle glaze. It is easiest to pipe it into the holes. The caramel will pipe when warm or at room temperature.

Chocolate Pudding from food52


2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces 66% cacao dark chocolate, chopped
Unsweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Put the egg yolks and tapioca flour in a blender and blend on low speed until a light-colored paste forms.

Combine the sugar, cream, milk, salt, and vanilla in a saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Turn the blender containing the egg and tapioca mixture back on low. Quickly and carefully, pour the hot milk mixture into the blender and increase the speed to medium. The heat will cook the egg yolks and allow the tapioca to thicken to the consistency of thick mayonnaise.

With the blender running, add the chocolate in stages so it is emulsified into the pudding. When all the chocolate is added, strain the pudding into a serving bowl (or 3 to 4 serving bowls) and let it cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator to cool completely. Top with whipped cream if you like. Serves 3 to 4

Butter Pecan Turtle Bars from bake or break


For the crust:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
For the filling:
2/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips

To make the crust:

Beat butter until creamy. Add brown sugar and mix well. Add flour gradually and mix well.

Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9″x13″ pan. Sprinkle with pecans.

To make the filling:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil, and continue stirring for about 30 seconds.

Pour over crust and pecans. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand for a few minutes, and then use a knife to cut through chocolate. Cool and cut into bars. Yield: 54 1″x2″ bars

Super-Thick Hot Chocolate by

– 3 cups whole milk
– 1 cup evaporated milk
– 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 2 tablespoons cornstarch
– Pinch of ground cinnamon

1. In a saucepan, combine the whole milk, evaporated milk and vanilla and warm up over low heat.

2. Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk the cocoa mixture into the warm milk mixture until smooth. Bring to a boil, whisking frequently to prevent it from scorching.

3. Remove the hot chocolate from the heat just after it has come to a boil. The mixture should be super rich and thick! Yield: 4 drinks

Chocolate Fudge Oatmeal, Carla

1 1/4 cups Almond Milk
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt

In a pot over high heat, bring the almond milk to a boil, and then whisk in the oats. Reduce to a simmer.10 Almonds (chopped)

Stir in the cocoa powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until incorporated. Simmer until oatmeal has thickened to desired consistency. Adjust seasoning to taste, and serve garnished with chopped almonds.

Oats go in while the almond milk is whole so the flavor blooms.