Sunday, December 28, 2008

Simple Chocolate Pudding

This time,the "Book Club" chose "Anne of Green Gables" by L M Montgomery as the "Chosen Book" for December.It is a wonderful book that introduces us to the world of Anne -an orphan,adopted by middle aged Cuthbert siblings and how she grows up to be wonderful teacher.Well, the book is full of Anne's Antics -how her imagination runs wild and how she forgets simple things,like emptying milk in the basket of yarn balls,and dreaming up dying of disease while trying to save her friend etc.

The book is full of dishes to be made if left to imagination like Anne.Well there is even an Anne inspired cookbook by the author's grand daughter Kate.But for me,it seems Anne has rubbed off on too much.I wanted to make so many things at the same time,that laziness got better of me .So at the nth moment I decided to make a simple chocolate pudding from here which no one can go wrong-except obviously me.The pudding was tasty though I feel it lacks professional touch-maybe what Anne says -"The stars in the courses fight against me" stands true for me.But Anne thanks to you,I enjoyed the tasty pudding.

Ingredients:

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: 2-3 tbsp
Cornstarch: 4 tbsp
White Sugar: 1/2 cup +
Salt: a pinch

Milk:2 and 3/4 cups

Unsalted Butter: 1 -2 tbsp
Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp

Preparation:
In a small saucepan,mix together all the dry ingredients of cornstarch,cocoa,sugar and salt.Stir in milk and then place over medium-low heat on gasstove.Mix well so that the cornstarch and sugar dissolves well.Bring to a just-boiling point(scalding) slowly and then allow it to cook stirring continuously for about 5 minutes or until the mix thickens and gets coated to the back of a spoon.Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla.Stir in so that the butter is melted and well blended.Pour the mix into serving bowls and then let it attain room temperature and then chill it in the fridge covered with a plastic wrap such that the wrap touches the top of the pudding.This prevents the skin like formation on the top of the pudding.You can also serve the pudding warm by reheating or at room tempreature.



I actually chilled it for around 1 hour and then kept it outside and then served it at room temperature.The mistake for me was I sort of allowed it to cook a bit too much even after the spoon got coated,so it started to form lumps,but I removed it immediately and then continued stirring with a whisk so that it looked 'normal',thankfully it worked(oops,I hope so).I also added a pinch of cinnamon and clove (powdered) to it.You can see specks of clove if you look carefully.This is completely optional though.

It looked and tasted 'normal like a pudding' and it is very quick to make -under 20 minutes it was ready except for chilling,that is.Now this tasty and simple Chocolate Pudding is for Anne from me-its quick and easy for you to make as well.Lets see what others come up with:

Aparna: BakingPowder Biscuits
Simran:Chocolate Layer Cake

Lets wait for Bhags,Siri,Dee,Srimathi, SunshineMom and Rachel and check out their goodies for imaginative Anne

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