This pudding is so creamy, so wonderfully smooth, so delicately flavored. I wish the picture could have been more persuasive. The lack of decent daylight here adversely affects the quality of the photographs. But you can trust my words – this pudding is very much worth to be made. It can be enjoyed warm, cool, or chilled. If you are not quite fond of a pudding skin, press plastic wrap directly against the surface as soon as you poured the pudding into serving bowls. I usually skip this step.
The recipe is from the “Bittersweet”.
Serves 6 – theoretically (I wouldn’t be so sure, four of us gobbled it up and then regretted there were no more)
- 3 cups half-and-half
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa nibs
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup minus 1 tsp cornstarch
- Scant ¼ tsp salt
In a small saucepan, bring the half-and-half and nibs to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat, cover, and let steep for 20 minutes.
Strain the half-and-half into a bowl, pressing on the nibs to extract most of the liquid. Discard the nibs.
In a medium heavy saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt with about 1/3 cup of the infused half-and-half to form a smooth paste. Stir in the remaining half-and-half. Place over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture begins to thicken. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring until the pudding begins to simmer. Simmer, stirring, for 1 more minute.
Remove from the heat and pour into the ramekins or custard cups. Serve warm, cool, or chilled.
September 10, 2013 at 5:45 am
Hey ho Vera,
I’m from Germany and i reallyyyy would love to try out this recipy but I don’t have the faintest Idea where i could get Cocoa Nibs from here in Germany / Bavaria.
If you just happen to know something please tell me :-D
Thanks a lot beforehand.
December 15, 2008 at 11:16 am
Thank you very much, everyone, for leaving a comment. I do appreciate it a lot!
Cate, if you can’t find nibs, please, e-mail me.
Aparna, cacao nibs are roasted cocoa beans separated from their husks and broken into small bits. The chocolate chips is not a substitution here.
December 15, 2008 at 11:00 am
The pudding looks very smooth.
I actually make some of my puddings using corn starch or custard powder, as we don’t enjoy very “eggy” puddings.
Cocoa nibs are white chocolate chips?
December 14, 2008 at 10:18 am
When I was little I hated all pudding. Don’t ask why, I think it was about the texture. I can only eat small amounts before getting sick of it. But it is my father’s favorite, so I can’t wait to make this for him.
December 13, 2008 at 4:51 pm
Vera, I love this space of yours, everything looks wonderful.
Your pudding looks very interesting :-)
December 13, 2008 at 1:59 pm
I think the picture looks persuasive enough to make me want to prepare it sometime soon:) Yum!
December 13, 2008 at 7:04 am
oh. wow. creamy doesn’t even begin to describe the little bowl of heaven i see. nicely done. :)
December 13, 2008 at 1:52 am
It looks delicious! a wonderful idea!
December 12, 2008 at 6:36 pm
I have some cocoa nibs that I’m just not sure what to do with. This looks lovely and sounds delicious!
December 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm
looks delicious to me! great recipe
December 12, 2008 at 8:36 am
Oh wow – that looks and sounds fabulous!!! I love the idea of the infused nibs.
December 11, 2008 at 7:46 pm
I love the pudding skin, that is my favorite part!
I applaud you, I have never baked with cocoa nibs.. You always teach me something new Vera! :)
December 11, 2008 at 11:25 am
I think the photo looks beautiful! That pudding looks sooooo good!
December 11, 2008 at 8:01 am
Your CRAZY..your photos are always amazing!!!
December 11, 2008 at 7:26 am
I’m intrigued! Now I just have to find cocoa nibs – I’ve never used them before!
December 11, 2008 at 7:21 am
Looks delish. I love cocoa nibs.
December 11, 2008 at 3:16 am
Sounds very very good! I’ve seen this recipe before, and was inspired by it to make a cocoa nib pannacotta. Loved the flavour.
December 11, 2008 at 2:51 am
That looks more like butterscotch pudding to me!! And don’t you worry about bad lighting…it sure looks creamy, smooth and delicious enough to me!!