Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Pudding

pudding in wine glass

[recipe here]

When I heard that Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen chose chocolate pudding for this week's TWD, I was kind of surprised. I always thought of chocolate pudding as kind of rubbery, not-very-chocolaty stuff that came out of powder from a box, and as such I was not a huge fan. Well, all of that changed after making this recipe.

pudding cups with cookbook in background

The texture turned out to be far from rubbery. It was so smooth and satiny, and it reminded me of a dense, rich mousse -- but even denser and richer. The dark chocolate in the recipe created a deep, delicious chocolate flavor. Dorie suggests throwing in some cacao nibs for crunch, but I love the velvety texture as-is.

wide angle making of the pudding

Instead of getting out the food processor, I opted to use an immersion blender, which worked great. I may have to compare the results against the food processor results one day, but honestly, it worked so well this way that I'm not sure it's worth the trouble. Not to discount the awesomeness of the food processor, but I think the immersion blender is just as suited to the task at hand -- and it's also much easier to clean ;)

close up of pudding in ramekin

The pudding fit into four 6-oz. ramekins for chilling. (I'm still learning to get used to all of this waiting around for things to chill... I really just want to dive in, but I am starting to learn some restraint ;) ) Since I am anti-pudding skin, I covered them up in plastic wrap.

pudding in wine glass with spoon

I'm a total chocolate pudding convert now. My heart still belongs to tapioca, but I'll take this any day :) Don't forget to check out the chocolatiness at all of the other TWD blogs, and check out Dorie's recipe here!

38 comments:

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks fantastic! i thought about using my stick blender, too, but went with the processor in the end. i'll definitely try the immersion blender next time!

rainbowbrown said...

How lovely your pudding servings look. Just marvelous!

Melissa said...

I'm going to try the immersion blender next time!

Peabody said...

I noticed a lot of people opted for the blender instead...makes sense.
Great shot of the one in the wine glass.

ostwestwind said...

If you ever hade home-made pudding you can't think of rubbery ones. I like the pic in the wine glass. I could have used my immersion blender, but I liked the old fashioned way ;-)

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

VeggieGirl said...

"It was so smooth and satiny, and it reminded me of a dense, rich mousse -- but even denser and richer." Now THAT sounds like the perfect chocolate pudding to me - yum!! :0)

Sarah said...

i am going to use my immersion blender next time for less things to clean! yours looks awesome!

Prudy said...

I'm definitely going for the immersion blender. I was thinking I'd go the KA route-but you're on to something here. Thanks and your pudding looks so lovely.

MacDuff said...

Oh good gravy, that looks perfect! I'm sold on the immersion blender now. It looks like you got more air into it than I did.

Jayne said...

Beautiful job! I was tempted to do a pudding-in-the-wine-glass shot, too (I have wine glasses similar to the one you used) - now I wish I had done it. Gorgeous shots!

erin lou said...

I have to agree with everyone else on the immersion blender. Looks so much easier than the processor and your pudding looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

wow, look at that presentation! Absolutely delicious!

I want some pudding right now!

CB said...

omg. I am in love with your pudding in the wine glass picture. Darn you for always taking better pictures than me! HAHA. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

PheMom said...

Beautiful wine glass shot!! So great! This is what I love about having all of us posting the same thing is getting to see everyone's fabulous take on it (and yours is gorgeous!)

Jules Someone said...

I think I'll have to try the immersion blender next time. Looks gorgeous!

likesprinkles said...

Who knew pudding could look so elegant? Your pictures are fabulous. Great job!

Mara said...

oh my gosh kim those pictures SURE ARE scrumptious!!! that first one, i want to just dip my finger into the glass hehhee. this pudding was the bomb!!!

Susie Homemaker said...

wow - you could serve that pudding in a 5 star restaurant in a glass like that!! so beautifully done - again!

Roni said...

That first picture is gorgeous! I'm totally jealous :)

Christine said...

I thought about using my stick blender but used the fp. Next time I will definitely use it! Great job your pudding looks lovely!

Pamela said...

The pictures are amazing. I'm glad everything worked so well for you and that you enjoyed it. An immersion blender sounds like the way to go!

Steph said...

I never thought I would like pudding either. I'm probably crazy for saying this, but you are so brave for putting your book in the middle of all your ingredients and bowls.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your pudding looks wonderful! The photos are really amazing! You made brown look great!

Di said...

Wonderful pictures, as usual. I agree, the texture on this was great--and I'm with you on the no skin. =)

karen said...

great idea on the immersion blender. your pictures are fabulous!

Becky said...

such lovely pudding photos! and now, i really want something chocolatey.

Anne said...

Gorgeous photos! My camera (I have a D50) was off being cleaned and I was dying using my moms point and shoot. Your photos make me jealous... and hungry! Nice job!

confectiona said...

I love your photos. An immersion blender seems to be the way to go -- guess I'm going to have to get my hands on one somehow.

LyB said...

Great idea with the immersion blender, I just used my whisk and it worked well too. Can't beat homemade pudding!

Linda said...

That photo w. the wine glass is gorgeous! I'm also a tapioca fan, but I do love this recipe!

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Ooh! I really like the picture with the pudding in the glass!

Y said...

Looks divine. The only thing wrong with that last photo is there doesn't seem to be enough pudding in it! ;D

Jacque said...

Mmmmm, love the pudding in the tall goblets. Very classy!

Your pudding looks fantastic!

Michelle said...

I've just Stumbled Upon your site and I must say, your site lives up to its name - everything looks scrumptious!

kim said...

thanks so much, everyone! the pudding is seriously awesome and i am definitely going to make it again. glad you all like the wine glass pics too :) (i can't say that the pudding was better than wine, though... but almost as good, hehe)

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I love your process pictures! It's so nice to see the differences in how everyone works. Your pudding looks smooth and chocolaty, glad to hear that you're a convert now!

aaliyah said...

Your photos are wonderful and glad it all changed when you made this pudding. The box stuff does leave a lasting impression, do you remember the chocolate pudding you ate in the cafeteria at school? They always served that on a day they also had corn...? Anyhow, I am glad it turned out great for you and look forward to your post next week!

Amy said...

Wow, your photos are amazing!! Your site is so beautiful!

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