Cocoa-Chocolate Pudding

Shave chocolate over the top of this rich chocolate pudding for a special touch.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4-6
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Ingredients

2 cups milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)

4 teaspoons cornstarch

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 large egg yolks

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

Chocolate shavings and sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions

Special equipment:
4 to 6 small ramekins or dessert cups
  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of the milk, the sugar and cocoa to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup of milk with the cornstarch, vanilla, egg yolks, and salt in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture.
  2. Return the milk-egg mixture to the saucepan and continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the pudding comes to a full boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and continue whisking until thick, about 2 or 3 minutes more.
  3. Divide the pudding among 4 to 6 small ramekins or dessert cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Serve each pudding with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.