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Chocolate Pudding

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Chocolate Pudding

- Amanda

For months, Alex Talbot, one half of the duo behind the ingenious blog, Ideas In Food, has been telling me I had to try the chocolate pudding from their new book. The entire pudding is assembled, and the eggs cooked and thickened, in a blender. The texture, spun by tapioca flour (rather than cornstarch) is otherworldly, he promised.

Talbot’s and Aki Kamozawa's recipe satisfied every wish. Merrill compared its richness to Italian hot chocolate. Another food52er described its texture as having the bouncy elasticity of diner pudding. It was sleek and charming, not at all daunted by the demands of satisfying childhood memories.

Chocolate Pudding

Adapted from “Ideas for Everyone” by H. Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa

Serves 3 to 4

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour 
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces 66% cacao dark chocolate, chopped
  • Unsweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Ideas In Food

 

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Mcs

over 3 years ago mcs3000

I got "Ideas in Food" at Omnivore Books a few weeks ago, but hadn't made anything from it. Thanks for prompting me to do so. The texture is "otherworldly." Totally exceeded my childhood puddings I loved so much. Excited to dig deeper into this book!

Ry_400

over 3 years ago melissav

Can't wait to try this. I recently attended a dinner hosted by Ideas in Food here in Miami and it was AMAZING. The dinner was at an art gallery and everything was prepared in an airstream trailer parked outside the gallery. I was shocked at the quality of food and presentation that came out of that tiny space. . .and they were serving a 50 person sitdown dinner.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Everything is cooler in an airstream!

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over 3 years ago sboulton

I have used this technique for years for speeding up the process for banana cream pie. It's fabulous. Soooooo easy!!! The tapioca just sets up right away. If you don't want a skin on the top, put plastic wrap right on the pudding's surface.

Dscf2055

over 3 years ago meizilla

Hey--do you think that this would work with an immersion blender? Crossing fingers...

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

It might be a little tricky to get the egg yolks and tapioca flour to blend because there's so little volume, but you can always whisk that part by hand. Once you start adding the hot milk mixture, the immersion blender should work really well. Have fun!

Steve_dunn02

over 3 years ago Oui, Chef

Hmmmm....looks like I need yet another item for the pantry, tapioca flour. Glad I have a dishwasher safe blender hopper. - S

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over 3 years ago Soozll

There's an even easier one that doesn't include the tapioca flour by Rachel Ray! It's quite thick when it's set up in the fridge for a couple of hours. It's delicious. I've even used it as a filling in the Chocolate Blackout Cake. Here's a link:
http://www.rachaelrayshow...

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I remember these guys from your Beet Rum-Mousse article, Amanda. Wacky science-y stuff - I love it! As much as I hate washing the blender, this pudding is on my to-do list - maybe tonight.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Definitely worth the washing. I soaked mine for a few hours after, then it cleaned right up.

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over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi Amanda. 2 questions: Does the tapioca flour prevent the pudding from forming a skin? And do you think you could make this with an immersion blender or in a food processor? (My blender died and I haven't replaced it.) Thanks!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

The first step -- blending the tapioca flour and yolks -- might be a little tricky with an immersion blender, but the rest should be just fine.