Best Ever Homemade Mocha Pudding

I got a new job!

Yay?

I’m obligated to reply in a reasonably gracious manner as I’m fully aware that I am very fortunate to have a job in the first place as well as to have secured a new one that will hopefully rescue me from my current, potentially stunting role.  However, knowing that I’m still not on the path in life I have always imagined for myself leaves me feeling slightly unfulfilled.

And according to my boyfriend, “the path of soul searching” I’ve described to him is also “the path of homelessness” since this route includes not having a job for a few months while I examine my goals.  Alas, I will have to find a way to listen to my inner voice during business reviews and sales pitches instead.  At least I saved the “hearing voices” for after the signing of the offer letter…probably wouldn’t have gone over real well during the panel interview.

Honestly, it’s time to start figuring this “life” thing out.

And if I can’t take some time off work to sort out what would most make me happy, I will have to settle for the occasional quiet Saturday afternoon.

While some people may pour a hot bath to sink into and others pour a bottomless glass of red wine to sink into them, I prefer to get intimate with something far more luxurious while I ponder- a velvety dish of mocha pudding.

Through pudding, you can get the cozy relaxation of a bath as well as the addictive nature of the wine, but I suppose that unless you throw some Bailey’s in that whipped cream, you won’t be feeling quite as high as the wine drinkers.

I guess it all depends how “present” you need to be to concoct your game plan.

Smooth and creamy with a cool blend of chocolate and coffee, this pudding nurtures everything inside of you that needs comforting.  Its deep, richly satisfying cocoa screams for a visual ying to its yang.  Dollop on that vanilla whipped cream and the world is just right….just right for you to dream BIG and make a plan to put it in motion.

Get out of the tub and put down that glass.

Make this pudding plan:

Teeny coffee shards = mega flavor power.

Whisk the cool bowl.


Then the hot pot.

Slowly, so as not to freeze the eggs in fear, introduce the hot to the cool.

Pour into containers to share.  Or just leave it all in the pot for yourself…hey, some people have looooooots of soul searching to do.

Meditate pudding-style. Yes, I do recommend eating this during yoga class…just maybe don’t try it during downward dog.

Best Ever Homemade Mocha Pudding 

It’s the truth.  It’s everything a store pudding isn’t and everything a perfect homestyle puddin’ should be:  rich but light, intense in flavor, devilishly creamy and downright irresistible.  The coffee persuades the chocolate to become more assertive- to go from flat to deep and in the process gives the smooth concoction a caffeinated note of its own.  I must insist on the addition of the fluffy whipped cream topping because that hint of vanilla and sweetness mellows everything together in one perfect dreamy bite.

Ingredients

Pudding adapted from Tyler Florence

  • 2 C whole milk
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder (not dutch processed)
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/4 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 1/2 C of the milk, cocoa, coffee and sugar.
  2. In a separate, large bowl whisk together the remaining 1/2 C milk, salt, yolks, cornstarch and vanilla.  Set aside.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium high heat until it reaches a simmer.  The coffee granules will dissolve into the mixture.  Remove from heat.
  4. A little bit at a time, with furious whisking throughout, add the warm milk mixture to the yolk mixture.  This allows the yolks to slowly warm up, without cooking them (and essentially scrambling them- ew).
  5. When the two are fully combined, pour the liquid back into the saucepan and place over medium high heat while whisking constantly.  Allow the mixture to come to a full boil and then lower the temperature slightly to maintain a simmer for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and pour pudding into serving containers of your choosing.  Cover each with plastic wrap- pushing the wrap completely onto the surface of each pudding so as to not allow any air inside and therefore defending against the dreaded film.
  7. Allow to cool in refrigerator overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours.
  8. Before serving, whip heavy cream with a whisk until almost stiff.  Add remaining ingredients and whisk until desired consistency is achieved.  Top pudding with cream and enjoy!
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7 Responses to Best Ever Homemade Mocha Pudding

  1. vicki says:

    hmmm…this path can’t be so bad if you are still sharing these amazing recipes with us! Funny thing about paths they dip, and wind and bend and end and then begin again somewhere new… and if we just follow it in faith we usually end up someplace pretty cool. Keep da faith baby!

  2. hungrygems says:

    Thanks my Vix! =)

  3. Aubrey Migashkin says:

    Great recipe. I have been trying to make whipped cream and its not workn out for me :( should I use a hand mixer?

  4. hungrygems says:

    Hi Aubrey- A hand mixer would help, but either way make sure your heavy whipping cream is very very cold before whipping. If it is not thoroughly chilled, it won’t work. I will use my hand whisk to do a small batch of about a quarter cup for cravings (weirdly, whipped cream is on my fav food list) but will definitely have jelly arm afterwards. If you are using a metal bowl to whip in, you can even put it in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring in the heavy whipping cream and that helps as well. A hand mixer will expedite the whole process and save you the limp arm. =) Hope this does the trick- glad you enjoyed the recipe and happy holidays!

  5. Aubrey Migashkin says:

    Oh, wow! I didn’t know that.I am a newlywed (1 yr now) and trying to learn all the baking tricks!
    Thank you SO much for your reply and help!
    Happy Holidays as well!

  6. This pudding is exactly what I need, looks great!

  7. hungrygems says:

    Awesome! I hope you love it- it’s a big winner in my circle. Thanks for stopping by and good luck! =)

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