When I was a little girl, I remember my Nanny Hazel making THE VERY BEST chocolate pies and chocolate pudding. Her pies had the light and oh-so-flakey crust that was filled with dark and rich pudding – the kind that was made from scratch. Topping off the heavenly pie were beautifully appointed swirls of homemade whipped cream.
For holidays and birthdays Nanny always asked us what we would like for dessert. Any guess? YES! Her CHOCOLATE PIE!!!!!!!
The other day – in the midst of cleaning – I found a recipe for homemade chocolate pudding. Ironically enough, all of the ingredients were waiting for me in the panty. I took a break from cleaning yesterday and tried it out.
Instead of a pie, I made a layered pudding with homemade whipped cream.
Yes……it was good……
So good, it made me cry…..
It brought me back to my childhood.
Every single spoonful brought memories of sitting at my Nanny’s kitchen table. It was like she was sitting next to me and watching me smile with every bite……the kind of bite where you close your eyes and let your taste buds take you on a happy journey.
It was just like my Nanny used to make!!!!
Let me share with you…..
Homemade Chocolate Pudding (and pie filling)
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder (your favorite brand)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs yolks, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium size saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, flour and salt and blend it around with a fork.
Add the milk and egg yolks to the pan.
Whisk in the ingredients then from now on with a spoon. The spoon will allow you to get into the corners as the pudding cooks.
Cook over medium heat and STIR CONSTANTLY until the mixture boils. Allow the mixture to boil (still over medium heat) and stir for a minute. (note: I found that this cooking process took about 12-15 minutes). Remove from heat and blend in the butter and vanilla. To make the layered pudding, I poured my pudding into a glass bowl, covered it and allowed it to set up in the refrigerator for several hours. I layered the cooled pudding with fresh sweetened homemade whipped cream. To finish it off I topped it with a cherry filled Hershey KISS.
Would you like a bite?
Do you want to go in from the side?
Or would you prefer to dig in from the top?
Here, you can have the Kiss!!! I made several, so eat the entire thing.