Happy Friday! There are four weeks left until the midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One. Also, there is a little over a week until Halloween. I am (hopefully) going to host a Harry Potter Halloween party, where I will be making a few recipes from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook – naturally! I don’t usually do anything for Halloween, but I don’t think I’ll be able to help myself this time around. And lastly, I apologize for the recipe being late. I attended a poetry reading last night and didn’t get home until late.
This week I am featuring Rich, Smooth Chocolate Milk Pudding Chocolate Pudding, which can be found in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz. While I will be sharing the recipe here, I strongly encourage you to go out and buy your own copy of this book. It is packed full of delicious recipes, helpful tips, and interesting tidbits about the Harry Potter series. For more information about the book, please visit The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook website. You can also find information on the book’s Facebook page. Thank you again to Dinah for supporting this venture.
I made the chocolate pudding recipe last night, and this time at home! I didn’t need any crazy tools (like a candy thermometer) this time, so I could cook at home with ease. The main thing I will say about this recipe is that if you love chocolate and you love pudding, you will LOVE this chocolate pudding recipe. It’s rich, chocolaty and simply divine! I didn’t want to share this recipe with anyone, but my grandma is in town and I owe her from all of the goodies she has made me over the years. Note: Grandma tried to pudding and loved it, as did my dad and step-mom. So if you don’t believe me, believe grandma! Her word is law.
Rich, Smooth Chocolate Milk Pudding
What the book says: In England chocolate pudding can be either a steamed or baked pudding, similar to chocolate cake, or a soft milk pudding thickened with cornstarch, as in the United States. Puddings go all the way back to the Romans. The milk pudding we know of today – the only kind in this country – wasn’t invented until the 1800s. Since chocolate pudding can mean either kind, a recipe for each is included. (Note: I will include the other recipe at a later date.)
This recipe comes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when Harry is roaming about Diagon Alley after leaving the Dursley’s. He meets up with the Weasley’s and Hermione and has dinner at the Leaky Cauldron. It is there that Harry enjoys chocolate pudding.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch-process preferred
(I used Swanson Health Products Organic Cocoa Powder – good stuff!)
2.5 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1/4 stick (2 tablespoons) butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan and whisk until combined. Add the milk and cream and stir to combine. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the cocoa powder is dissolved. Turn off the heat and add the chocolate. Return to medium- high heat and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened and bubbling. Once it starts to thicken, stir gently or the cornstarch will lose its thickening power.
2. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the butter and vanilla and whisk gently until the butter is melted and combined. Strain the pudding into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until set. Serve with whipped cream.
I don’t have a whole lot else to add here apart from the obvious of the recipe being another tasty success. I hope you make the recipe and enjoy it. And while you’re at it, put in “Prisoner of Azkaban” this weekend – I know I will!
Harry Potter quote of the week: “You think the dead we love ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.” – Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter, Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 22
Are you making any spectacular Halloween plans?