Sunday, June 25, 2017

Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Probably one of the simplest things to make with just a few pantry ingredients is pudding. When you see just how easy, you're going to ask yourself why you ever bought a box mix.

When I was first married we were on a very tight budget where every dollar mattered. There wasn't a lot of money for "extras," so out of necessity, I learned how to make my own puddings and other items; it was less expensive to buy flour, cornstarch and sugar for a multitude of uses, instead of convenience items like boxed pudding mix.

I'm really glad necessity taught me many "how to's" years ago, because I have always enjoyed cooking from scratch. There's just something rewarding about making it all yourself and not relying on box mixes.

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tbls instant Clear Jel or cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2-1/4 cups milk
2 tbls butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whipped topping (optional)

Whisk together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan; gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.

Pour into individual dessert dishes, or 8 oz. mason jars with lids. To avoid a skin from forming on top, press plastic wrap directly onto surface; serve warm or refrigerate at least 2 hours. Garnish with whipped topping, if desired.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Original recipe from: Hershey's Cocoa


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