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Hot Chocolate Pudding

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 4 hr 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 cups
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Ingredients

4 1/2 cups whole milk

3/4 cup sugar 

2/3 cup hot chocolate or cocoa mix, plus more for sprinkling 

1/3 cup cornstarch 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

5 large egg yolks, beaten 

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 

Whipped cream, for topping 

Directions

  1. Heat 4 cups of the milk in a large saucepan over medium heat until steaming.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar, hot chocolate mix, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup milk.
  3. Slowly add half of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking constantly until smooth. Gradually whisk the egg-milk mixture into the remaining hot milk in the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like consistency, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Let the pudding cool slightly, stirring a few times to prevent a skin from forming. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding and refrigerate until it has completely cooled and thickened, about 4 hours.
  5. Before serving, whisk the pudding vigorously until it's smooth and creamy. Spoon into serving bowls and top with dollops of whipped cream and a sprinkling of hot chocolate mix.
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