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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mexican Chocolate Pudding Tart [Secret Recipe Club]




Chocolate pudding: it's something I've never made before.  Part of it is due to my aversion to making custards--cooking eggs gently scares me.  But part of it is because it just seems like a difficult dish--I've never actually seen anyone make pudding from scratch.  All of my pudding making as a kid was straight from a box, so when I was assigned Cooking in Stilettos as my Secret Recipe Club assignment, I knew her recipe for an easy Mexican Chocolate Pudding was kismet.  This eggless recipe came together in all of 10 minutes and tastes wonderful!

In her post about making this pudding, Aly mentioned a pudding pie her "Bampa" would make, and I thought to myself, "Why not?"  So I poured the pudding into a chocolate pie crust I made and topped it with homemade whipped cream.  I hope that I did her Bampa's pie justice!  I know it was a hit in our house!

Mexican Chocolate Pudding Tart
Pudding from Cooking in Stilettos




1 baked chocolate pie crust (I'm still working out some kinks with my recipe, and I'll post it as soon as I perfect it, but in the meantime, you can buy a premade one or google other recipes.)

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I added a pinch more because I like the taste of it!)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups lowfat milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (Next time I may cut this back just a touch.)
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of cayenne pepper (Next time I'll put in more than a pinch!)

Whipped Cream:
1 cup cold heavy cream
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the pudding:
Whisk the brown sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Whisk in the milk and almond extract.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking often.  Once the mixture begins to boil, whisk constantly for one minute.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, vanilla extract and cayenne until the butter is melted and incorporated.

To make the whipped cream:
Using a stand or hand mixer, place the cold cream in a large bowl.  Add the sugar and vanilla and whip until peaks form and you reach your desired consistency.  Don't overwhip, as you'll make butter!  :-)  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To assemble the pie:
Pour the mixture into your pie crust.  Smooth out the top with a spatula.  (Aly's directions say to cover the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap, but I wouldn't do it next time as it left a strange imprint on my pie.)  Refrigerate for at least an hour and a half or until set.  Decorate with homemade whipped cream right before serving.

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18 comments:

AmandaE June 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM  

Might have finally found the inspiration to do a pudding from scratch :D Any idea if something could be used instead of the almond extract?

Erin June 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM  

Oh this looks heavenly!!!

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos June 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM  

Awwww - my Bampa would be thrilled with this recipe :) Actually - I think my Aunt Deya would be really happy with this recipe and I'll shoot that over to her now :). I'm honored that you spotlighted this today!

Melissa June 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM  

This looks delicious! Great SRC pick :)

Mindy Wilson June 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM  

@AmandaE: I would imagine you could just leave the almond extract out. Maybe bump the vanilla up a little?

@Aly: I'm glad you approve! It was so nice to make something from SRC that means so much to someone. :-)

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING June 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM  

I am participating too today in the SRC - come check out my German Chocolate Cracker Candy My recipe from SRC today was amazing too! Come check it out! http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2012/06/german-chocolate-cracker-candy-secret.html

Also - I amm hosting an International Food linky party today on my blog and this Mexican Pudding would be fabulous.

Teri@thefreshmancook June 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM  

This looks delish! What a wonderful idea to make it a pie! Yum!

heidi June 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM  

This looks perfect for dessert!

Erin Reimer June 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM  

This looks soooo good! I can't wait to try it out. It was such a pleasure being assigned your blog this month... I only wish I had more time to try out more recipes. I will most definitely be back!!

Sara June 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM  

Looks great! I love the cinnamon and cayenne additions to the chocolate pudding.

Jane Craske June 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM  

I am a total sucker for all things pudding so this is perfect for me C:

Cindy June 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM  

This looks like something that would be a hit at my house!! Great SRC pick.

Chelsy Ethridge June 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM  

Love chocolate anything...adding this to my recipe box!

Lisa~~ June 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM  

I adore cayenne with chocolate, this tart would be a hit in my world.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Rebecca Subbiah June 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM  

this looks wonderful great job

Spencer June 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM  

Looks so delicious! I reckon I could eat the whole thing in about 10 minutes flat though!

Sandy July 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM  

Hey Mindy,
You know what? I tried to make this 2 times before (finally) successfully pleased my family.
But it is worth the hard work. LOL.
Anyway, thank you for making me look like a professional. :)
Hey, if you don’t mind, you can submit your Mexican Chocolate Pudding Tart photos to http://www.foodporn.net/ to make others hungry.
You know it’s fun to make others hungry. Especially when they are so hungry they finally want to create your recipe. :)
It is worth the try. :)
Thanks!

Kathy Shea Mormino November 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM  

I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-turkey.html

I hope to see you there!
Cheers!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

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