July 15, 2008

TWD- Chocolate Pudding

When I told a few people this week's "Dorie Treat" was chocolate pudding, they kind of looked at me with a blank stare, and I knew they were thinking, "Shouldn't it be some fancy French tart or elaborate cake or something?" Well, I'll admit I kind of thought that, too, but once I read Dorie's description on her blog and in the book I realized there is a little more to pudding. Then, after I went the week without sugar or any artificial sweeteners as a sort of dare, I was ready for pudding.

Also, I had a few days without my wonderful camera and I was missing it like crazy too! Pardon the pictures, but the pudding tasted great anyways. It was rich and so chocolaty. I needed lots of whipped cream to balance the deep chocolate, but I know lots of chocolate lovers who would have loved it straight from the cup. I might try making it swirled with vanilla next time... a little less rich but enough chocolate that you can still appreciate the amazing taste.

Since joining TWD, I burn through chocolate, butter, and eggs like they're going out of style. Seriously, though, I am continually amazed at the huge variety of things you can make with those basic ingredients. So even though pudding seems less dramatic than some of the other things we have made, it's no less delicious or impressive (I'm always shocked and amazed when the pudding thickens almost instantly!)

Now, this is what Dorie says, about pudding-

"for many of us, I'm sure - the sweetness of pudding begins even before the first spoonful because there's something serene, sensuous and satisfying in the act of just making pudding."


Now I know, after reading that, you are visualizing what kind of chocolate you have in your pantry. So go make it! You can find the recipe on Dorie's wonderful blog or at It's Melissa's Kitchen. Thanks for a great choice Melissa! I'll never look at boxed pudding the same again!

31 comments:

  1. Glad you liked it. Amazing how something so simple can be so good!

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  2. I, too, needed lots of cream for all that richness! Looks scrumptious.

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  3. looks fantastic! i love when something so simple is so good!

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  4. Yes, I would love someone to calculate how much sugar, chocolate, eggs and flour I have used over the years!
    Looks great.

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  5. I was just thinking as I went to buy MORE butter this week how often I am going through everything. All for a good cause, though. It looks like it came out fabulous.

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  6. I wish I served my pudding with whipped great. Your pudding looks great!

    Haha.. I don't think I've eaten more butter in my whole life! We used to take years to go through a bag of flour and now we get the big sizes at costco.

    Thanks for your comment. Hopefully I can figure it all out. School's supposed to be the best time of someone's life.. but I don't want it to last forever.

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  7. Your pudding looks delicious. Now that you mention it, a little whipped cream would have been perfect!

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  8. Between TWD and the other baking I do, last week I went through a pound of butter and TEN pounds of flour. I like your idea of mixing it with a vanilla pudding swirl.
    Madam Chow
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  9. That looks yummy-especially with the whipped cream and almonds. Congrats on your award and those muffins look yummy. I almost made them this weekend; didn't get to them, but will soon...

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  10. I was surprised by the pudding, too, but Dorie totally swayed me! And I can't believe I'm buying butter, eggs, and cream at Costco now. We're definitely doing our part for the ag/dairy industry.

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  11. Yours looks great! I made whipped cream for ours, too - the contrast between the two was great.

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  12. Love your pudding! It looks so cool and creamy.

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  13. Great job - your pudding looks wonderful!

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  14. i was too lazy last night to whip cream - but after looking at yours - i may have to give it a go tonight!!

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  15. it was so rich, i hear you...!! but the whipped cream def balanced it out enough that i had no issues eating my entire serving in about 10 minutes hehee.

    i have also discovered TJ's has the cheapest for best quality butter and eggs. saves $!

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  16. I loved these with cream too. Your puddings look great! I couldn't agree more with Dorie's quote. I really enjoyed making these puddings :)

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  17. It looks delicious! I am officially kissing the box goodbye as well!

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  18. mm, it looks great with the whipped cream!! swirling it with vanilla sounds awesome :)

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  19. The boxed kind is for other people. We deserve the homemade stuff.

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  20. Sometimes the simplest recipes taste the best...but then I think each week's Dorie recipe is the best when I make it.
    Your pudding looks great!

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  21. Simple is always aces in my book! Your pudding looks creamy and delicious! Great job!

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  22. Cute presentation with the whipped cream and the almonds...looks great!

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  23. Your pudding looks great ~ love your photos!

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  24. your presentation is great! can't wait to see what you do next week.

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  25. it's fun to read how Dorie's recipe has changed people's perceptions about this simple and comforting dessert. Great post and delicious looking results!

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  26. I'm a chocolate lover, and even I needed whip cream to balance it all out! Great job!

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  27. Your pudding looks delicious. I go through quite a bit of butter, but even more eggs. Between Daring Bakers and TWD and making ice cream... I'm not sure I really want to know how many I've used.

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  28. That Dorie quote is a little on the fanatical side for me. Maybe I should try it to really get it, eh? LOL. :o) I'm sad I didn't get to taste the pudding, as you HAD to make it while your best prego taste tester was out of town. Man, your yumminess is going to be REALLY yummy when I can eat it again in September...

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