While I was in town the other day I went to the grocery store for a few items. While I was there I noticed a sale on pudding and saw many people filling their carts. No doubt for snacks or lunches for school or work. I stood there for a few minutes and contemplated all the times I had done the same thing. It is so easy to grab a snack container and throw it in a lunch kit or eat it as a snack but how much money did I waste by not making it myself? Hmmm.... Maybe I don't really want to know. By far the most popular pudding in my house was always chocolate. Mmmm.... Love chocolate pudding. Now however, I make it all myself and am amazed at how easy it is! In about 5 to 10 minutes I have it made and cooling. I also don't have to worry about all the chemicals in the commercially made stuff. I know whats in my pudding!
It uses up some of my unending supply of milk from the goats. We really are over run lately and I'm finding I have enough to make a batch of cheese every few days. This will really be great for in the winter! If you haven't made chocolate pudding give it a try. This is the simplest recipe ever and its great, especially if you have some whipped cream on hand!
Simple Chocolate Pudding
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder (I make these heaping! I love chocolate!)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter (will often only add 1 tablespoon and haven't notice a difference in the taste. Of course I use whole milk so maybe that is making the difference)
1 teaspoon vanilla
The most important part of this recipe is to make sure to mix the first four ingredients together well. Just put them all in the pot you will be using and mix carefully. You want to make sure there aren't any lumps or your pudding will have lumps too. Sometimes I get in there with my fingers and make sure to get them all out.
Once mixed together well. Add the milk and slowly bring it to a boil. Use a whisk and stir constantly.
As soon as it boils take it off the heat and add the vanilla and butter.
Once mixed together well pour into your containers to cool. Refrigerate once cool. Enjoy!
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