Homemade Chocolate Pudding with Pistachios and Sour Cherries (and Real Whipped Cream)

April 9, 2012

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Ever since visiting Istanbul last year, I have a new appreciation for pudding (and pistachios!). Homemade pudding, that is. None of the instant, powdered J-E-L-L-O  will do for this gal. And it makes sense because pudding is actually really easy to make from scratch and requires the simplest pantry ingredients. I made these little pudding sundaes during an afternoon lull. I topped mine with dried sour cherries and pistachios but you could use whatever toppings you like- sliced almonds, raisins, raspberries, or hazelnuts. I bet chocolate sauce would also be pretty amazing on top.

Ingredients:
2 cups milk (I used skim, but you could use whole or 2%)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 teaspoons flour
3 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
1/4 cup chopped dried sour cherries

Directions: Put 1 1/2 cups of the milk, the sugar, and the cocoa in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat.

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In a mixing bowl, whisk the remaining milk, flour, salt, egg yolks, and vanilla in a bowl. Gradually whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture.

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Pour it back into the saucepan and cook over medium-high heat whisking constantly, until the pudding comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and continue whisking until thick like so.

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Pour the pudding into four small cups. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two, until set. Lick the pan clean.

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While you’re waiting, make the whipped cream and prepare the toppings.

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Chop the pistachios and dried sour cherries in a food processor.  In a bowl, use a mixer to beat the whipped cream until soft peaks form. 

Once the pudding has set, use a pastry bag to swirl the whipped cream on top of the pudding, or simply scoop it on with a spoon. Sprinkle with pistachios and cherries.

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Grab a spoon.

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brandi April 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

homemade pudding is the BEST! i need to make this soon.

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Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf April 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

Yum! You make it sound so easy to make pudding! I’ve never done it before, but I think I’ve been too intimidated to try it :) I love the combination of nutty pistachio with chocolate!

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