February 26, 2009

Chocolate Pudding

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creamy yummy chocolate pudding
People love to "Frenchify" everything to sound sophisticated, for example, haricots verts when they can simply say green beans. Recently the word cremeux has been popping up in restaurant menus and blogs. One recipe I saw was Chocolat Cremeux and when I read the recipe it is simply chocolate pudding and nothing else, extra creamy perhaps, but it is just good old pudding. Reading the recipe made me crave for chocolate crem...er..pudding.

The chocolate pudding I prepared does not have egg yolks and is sort of healthier because it has cactus honey powder which is supposed to have less calories and carbs, and low glycemic index, but I am not 100 percent sure about its healthy claim. This pudding also has plain soymilk which does not alter its deep chocolate flavor nor its creamy consistency. Preparing the pudding is very easy and the snack is ready to enjoy in less than 2 hours.

Chocolate Pudding
½ cup cactus honey powder (or raw sugar)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1½ cups whole milk
1½ cups plain soymilk
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
shaved or chopped bittersweet chocolate for garnish
  • In a medium saucepan, mix the cactus powder, cocoa powder, salt, and cornstarch with a wire whisk. Gradually add ½ cup of the milk, whisking constantly until smooth and lump-free. Add the rest of the milk and the soymilk and mix well.
  • Turn heat on to medium high, bring mixture to a boil while whisking. Lower heat to medium and cook until the mixture has thickened, about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan with a heat-proof spatula. Turn heat off and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Divide pudding into 4 glass or clear plastic containers and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Garnish each with ½ teaspoon shaved chocolate before serving.

no one will ever guess these have soymilk


What's Cookin Chicago said...

You know, I came across honey powder at my local asian market and was tempted to buy and try it out as an alternative to sugar. I'll have to be sure to pick some up and try this recipe! Looks delicious as usual :)

Sidney said...

Hmmmm...yummy !

Lori Lynn said...

Sounds really good and creamy! Love your simple presentation in clear cups.

Anonymous said...

Oggi, this looks so creamy and delicious. The photos really give off the textural feel. Great job!


~ Paula

caninecologne said...

hi oggi
that looks really delicious!

i've never heard of cactus power. i wonder where i can get it in san diego?

Oggi said...

Joelen, Sidney, Lori Lynn, Paula, thanks.

Caninecologne, I get several 1-pound bags of HiBee brand at the Korean grocery when they are on sale (less than half the usual price). They are usually stocked at the aisle where the herbal and Asian teas are.

Anonymous said...

I cann't stand it either when people frenchify everything. The reason being that I can't pronounce half the words.

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