Friday, January 27, 2012

Decadent Low Fat Mexican Chocolate Pudding

I have been home with an awful winter cold.  Talk about putting a brake on my list of things to do.  Having said that there are only so many cooking shows or movies that one person can watch in the course of a day.  When you have a bad head cold the last thing you want to do is eat alot of food - especially food that requires energy to either cook or eat.  I have been subsisting on throat tea with ginger, honey and lemon, chicken soup (the Jewish penicillin) and toast.  Last night I craved something sweet.  So- I made my easy chocolate pudding.

It literally takes 4 minutes to prepare and cook - especially if you have stocked your pantry and refrigerator per the post on Pantry Staples.  With the addition of the cayenne pepper there is a deeper flavor of chocolate.

Mexican Chocolate Pudding
Serves 4

1 1/2 cup non fat milk
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
3 tbsp. corn starch
2 tbs. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 square bittersweet chocolate (1 ounce)

Mexican Chocolate Pudding Ingredients

Put half the milk in a saucepan and turn on heat to medium.  When the milk starts to foam add the square of bittersweet chocolate and stir until it is melted.  Combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt, cayenne pepper and corn starch (that is what thickens the pudding) with the rest of the milk.  Make sure that there are no lumps.  Add that mixture to the hot milk mixture stirring with a spatula.  When the pudding starts to come away from the bottom of the pan you are done.  Turn off the heat and add the butter and vanilla.  The pudding should be smooth and glossy.

Finished Pudding

Place into ramekins, cover with saren wrap and put in the refrigerator to set.

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Wait around ten minutes and the pudding will be set.

Remove from fridge, grab a spoon and dive in.  Sheer heaven.

** For those of you who are calorie concious - according to the Point Tracker on Weight Watchers - one serving of this decadent pudding is 4 points.

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