Cherry & Chocolate Malt Pudding Cups

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Author Notes: I started researching pudding a few years back because my wife loves it. I have come across many recipes and out of that came this one, chocolate malt pudding. I won't buy pudding in a box but I will buy black cherry jam in a jar. In fact there are only a few things I will buy pre-prepared and St. Dalfour's Black Cherry fruit spread is one of them. I am making this today for my youngest daughters 2nd birthday party tomorrow, she loves pudding. Everything is done in advance, even the whipped cream. I employ an old pastry chef trick by adding a microwaved marshmellow to the whipped cream which acts as a stabilizer and keeps it from becoming runny overnight. - thirschfeldthirschfeld

Food52 Review: I could have stopped right at the pudding. It is the best chocolate pudding that I have ever tasted! In the interests of science and food52 I carried on. The resulting dessert is fabulous. I tried using just plain pitted dark cherries and I loved the tartness of the fresh cherries paired with the sweet chocolate pudding, but cherry preserves would do a great pairing job too. The whipped cream is nice and the fresh cherry is the final touch. I served this in pretty little aperitif glasses and it was a showstopper! - dymnynoThe Editors

Serves 8

  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • heavy pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup barley malt syrup
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar St. Dalfour Blackcherry fruit spread
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 a large marshmellow
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Place the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a bowl.
  2. Place the cream and milk into a sauce pan and while whisking add the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add the malt syrup.
  3. Place the pan over medium high heat. Place the egg yolks into the empty sugar/cornstarch bowl. When the milk/cream liquid starts to simmer, start whisking the egg yolks and temper them with about 1 cup of the hot liquid. Add the tempered eggs back to the sauce pan. Continue to gently whisk and bring to a boil to thicken.
  4. After the pudding comes to a boil whisk and cook the pudding for about 30 seconds more. This cooks out the cornstarch flavor.
  5. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate and butter. Pour into a bowl and place plastic wrap right onto the pudding. This keeps a skin from forming. Put it into the fridge to cool.
  6. Using a mixer start to whip the cream. Once it starts to form peaks add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Place the marshmellow onto a small plate and microwave it for 8 sec. It should puff up. You want it to be soft enough to blend it into the cream. Add it to the whipped cream and finish whipping it to stiff peaks. Cover and put into the fridge.
  7. Assemble the cups. Place a tablespoon of fruit spread into the bottom, then a 1/4 cup of pudding then more fruit spread and finally whipped cream and a fresh cherry.
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over 4 years ago dymnyno

I just finished making the chocolate pudding for this recipe and I want to stop right here and just eat the pudding!!! It is the best!!! But in the interest of science and testing for food52 I will march on and finish the recipe. Where is the recipe for the pudding cake???

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

All I did for the pudding cake is make a yellow sheet cake, slice it in half, spread the pudding in between and then top it with whipped cream and grated dark choc across the top.

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over 4 years ago gingerroot

Yum!! My family just finished a jar of St. Dalfour's Black Cherry...looks like I'll have to pick up an extra jar next time I go shopping! My son's 3rd birthday is coming up and I think I will have to make these!

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over 4 years ago ENunn

Malt! Yes! One of my favorite flavors. This looks so good; lucky thirschfeld jr.

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

You should give this a try it is malty. In a good way.

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over 4 years ago aargersi

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These are so pretty! Happy Birthday littlest Hirschfeld

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks and she had a great birthday I just changed dessert a little and did a Choc. malt puding cake with whipped cream topping and sprinkes.

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over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Happy bday to your baby girl, thirschfeld! When I was little, chocolate pudding was my favorite (and I loved the skin on the top, and licking the spoon, of course.) It came from a box, but tasted good to me. This sounds great. I wonder if a spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff would work, too? I'll have to peruse my Fluff cookbook.

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over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Mrs larkin have a look at the strawberries in bruleed cream on this site ... it has fluff, it is awesome!!!

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

marshmallow fluff is always good.

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over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks wonderful - I love puddings too. And love the stabilizer trick. I've used gelatin in the past to stabilize whipped creams, but using the marshmellow is genius! I'm definitely trying this next time.

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

Don't add it with the mixer running or you will get spun sugar around the top edges of the bowl and none in the whipped cream. I did that once, just FYI

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over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Good to know! I definitely like to learn from others' mistakes. I make enough of them on my own!

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over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love love love

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks drbabs.

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over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Great tip about the marshmallow in the whipped cream. Keep the terrific recipes coming, along with all the useful information you share! I love pudding, too, and chocolate malt. Happy Second Birthday to your youngest! (And don't blink, by the way . . . she'll be taller -- and smarter ;o) -- than you before you know it.) ;o)

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

Thanks and I can't believe how fast they are growing already.

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Looks great - I'm a pudding junkie - love the whipped cream trick as well...

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

thanks Lizthechef.