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Monday, June 1, 2009

Chocolate Pudding in a Teacup

Isn't this just the prettiest presentation you've ever seen for chocolate pudding?! And on the heels of that wine-tasting-bridal-shower I attended yesterday, I'm thinking what a lovely combination this would be with a glass of Port.

Wish I could take credit for this idea, but it belongs to my favorite British television cook Nigella Lawson. And many thanks to longtime tea friend Laura in Alpharetta, Georgia for sending it my way!

Here are Nigella's instructions for what I am calling Chocolate Pudding in a Teacup:


- 250ml full-fat milk
- 125ml double cream
- 60g caster sugar
- 1 x 15ml tablespoon cornflour
- 35g cocoa powder
- 2 x 15ml tablespoons boiling water
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 60g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), finely chopped

1. Put the kettle on [Note from Denise: How can one go wrong with a recipe that begins like that??? !!!], and warm the milk and cream together in a saucepan or in a bowl in the microwave.

2. Put the sugar and cornflour into another saucepan and sieve in the cocoa powder. Add the 2 tablespoons of boiling water and whisk to a paste.

3. Whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time, followed by the warmed milk and cream, then the vanilla extract.

4. Scrape down the sides of the pan and put it on a lowish heat, cooking and whisking for about 3–4 minutes until the mixture thickens to a mayonnaise-like consistency.

5. Take off the heat and whisk in the finely chopped chocolate, before pouring into 4 small cups or glasses, each with a capacity of about 150ml.

6. Cover the tops of the cups or glasses with clingfilm, letting the clingfilm rest on the chocolate surface, to stop a skin forming, and refrigerate once they are cooler. Make sure they are not still fridge-cold when you serve them. You can add a blob of cream on top if you like.


smitten by britain said...

Isn't that sweet? ;-)

Gerri said...

Do you have caster sugar in your area? I have looked for it previously and I cannot find it.(I live in PA) Is it more expensive when you do find it? I have read that one can just blend regular sugar and make it smaller. Do you find that this is a satisfactory substitute? Thanks!

Denise ~ Charleston, South Carolina said...

Gerri, I buy my caster sugar online. Just Google your nearest British Shop. I like to use original caster sugar in recipes, but like you, have heard that you can use super fine white granulated sugar that has been whirled in the food processor or blender.

Marilyn Miller said...

The pudding is very pretty in such a pretty cup.

Steph said...

It's gorgeous! And sounds heavenly!

Angela McRae said...

Yay, she's back!

And yes, that is indeed the prettiest pudding presentation I have ever seen! Gorgeous!

parTea lady said...

That is lovely - can't go wrong with chocolate and a pretty tea cup.

Glad I could read your post today -lately I've been getting an error message every time I try to access your blog.

Michelloui said...

I love things like this--effortless (sort of) but so attractive and people will really smile when presented with it! Nigella is a star. Thanks for this!

Phyllis said...

Wonderful presentation! Thanks for sharing it, Denise!

Bernideen said...

This is a darling idea and opens up the mind to lots of other possibilities as well!

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