Happy Monday! I've got nothing exciting to report to you about my weekend. It was pretty typical. I hope you all had a great fun filled or relaxing weekend though! I did do some cooking though. One thing on the agenda was to make some chocolate pudding.
"But mommy! So and so always brings pudding with his lunch…" Ugh, sometimes I feel like such a crappy mom because I try my hardest not to feed my son "junk". Don't get me wrong, he's had his share of junk food and soda, so I'm not depriving him by making him it rocks and dirt. Lol. In my house we view those things as a treat and not as a regular occurrence. Every snack food I see nowadays in the aisles has HFCS in it or a whole slew of other chemical yuckiness that I try to avoid. I even picked up a different kind of half and half for my coffee by accident and when I read the ingredients…I was shocked to find it had HFCS in it.
Seriously? Why? That's just me though.
Well, I'm always trying to discover ways to make store bought treats homemade. Last week after the pudding comment I set out to make that. I even found the perfect mini storage containers at Wal-Mart. I found them in the paper plate aisle if anyone is curious or wants to buy them to store this pudding in.
Chocolate Pudding Snacks
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 Tbs. Corn Starch
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup heavy cream
3 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups of whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a large metal mixing bowl. Combine cocoa powder, corn starch and salt. Whisk in heavy cream. The mixture will be really thick. This is okay. Whisk in egg yolks. Set aside.
In a saucepan, bring milk and sugar to a simmer. Stir constantly. Pour hot milk into cocoa chocolate mixture slowly while whisking and return to saucepan. Over medium heat stirring constantly bring mixture to a full boil. It should start to get thick by this point. Once it comes to a boil whisk vigorously for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour pudding into your desired storage container and press plastic wrap directly on top to prevent a skin from forming. Chill 4 hours. Then divide into individual containers if desired.
Makes 8 - 4 ounce portions
Now my son is excited because he can have pudding with his lunch like the other kids. Making everything (or trying to!) takes a little bit of time but for me and my family it's worth. Plus it helps that I love to cook too.
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