Chocolate Stout Pudding

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Author Notes: This one’s for the chocoholics and is inspired by my Chocolate Stout Cake recipes here in the Food52 archives.mrslarkin

Food52 Review: WHO: Mrslarkin lives in Pound Ridge, NY and is known for her scones which she sells at local farmers markets.
WHAT: A rich dark chocolate pudding that puts the store-bought version to shame.
HOW: On the stovetop, heat a mixture of cocoa powder, sugar, and espresso powder with cream and cornstarch. Add milk, Irish stout, and tempered egg yolks. When the mixture is thick, remove it from the heat and add even more chocolate.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You can never go wrong when pairing chocolate with more chocolate. Where this pudding exceeds the choco-norm is in the depth of flavor created by the addition of crisp, slightly bitter stout. Each bite hits the perfect balance between sweet and bitter -- the only drawback is waiting for it to cool.
The Editors

Serves 4 to 5

  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup Guinness stout
  • 4 large egg yolks (additional white bits removed with a spoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces good quality smooth dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • Whipped cream, to serve
  1. Combine cocoa, 2/3 cup sugar, sifted cornstarch, salt, and espresso powder in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the cream on medium-low until just steaming.
  3. Stir in the cocoa mixture and continue stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add milk and stout to the cocoa/cream mixture. Increase heat to medium. Cook until good and hot.
  5. While liquid is heating, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, the remaining tablespoon sugar, and vanilla. Place a damp paper towel under your egg yolk bowl so it doesn't slip around the counter as you whisk.
  6. When cocoa/cream mixture is hot, take about a cupful and drizzle it into the egg mixture while whisking the eggs like mad. This is called tempering the eggs, so you don't end up with scrambled eggs, which would be yucky in your pudding. Here's where the damp paper towel trick comes in handy.
  7. Pour the tempered egg mixture into the saucepan to join the pudding party. With the heat still at medium, stir continuously until really thick and pudding-y, about 10 minutes. Small bubbles are okay, but you don't want it to boil, so adjust the heat if necessary.
  8. Move the saucepan off the heat. Stir in the chocolate pieces until melted. Stir in the butter.
  9. Let cool and pour into small ramekins covered with plastic wrap, if desired. Chill for a few hours or serve slightly warm with whipped cream.
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about 2 years ago aargersi

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I truly madly deeply love this pudding and now I am pretty sure I am going to have to make another batch ... it's been a few months since I made it last (I have made it several times!)

Mrs._larkin_370

about 2 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks a! Yep, I think it's high time for me, too.

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almost 4 years ago ody

Made this yesterday, and it was wonderful! Nice and thick, silky-smooth, deep chocolate flavor. We served it with raspberries on top, and the combination was great.

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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That's so great to hear, ody! The raspberries on top sound really good, too.

Checker

almost 4 years ago checker

I have been eyeing this longingly. It will be made soon.

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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yay! i hope you like it, checker.

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almost 4 years ago Aliwaks

YUM! I could have a theme night make this with my Chocolate stout sauced steak and then drink the rest

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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OMG yes!

Bike2

almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

This is a heady pudding: Yum!

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks Sagegreen!!

Bike2

almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I just spied a double chocolate stout which I can imagine here, if only I were not reforming my diet for a healthy stretch!

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Good girl! But there's always tomorrow, just in case.... Hopefully next week's theme will be something more virtuous. Like celery. Or iceberg lettuce. ;)

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almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

I am really liking this idea, but I am pretty sure I am going to have to tweak the beer amount to a 6 pack, drink 5 1/2 while and give up the remaining half to the pudding. Looks great.

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, thirschfeld. Tweaking would be good here.

Stringio

almost 4 years ago testkitchenette

I like your thinking, thirschfeld!

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almost 4 years ago Midge

I agree, chocolate and stout are a killer combo and it looks like you've perfected it in pudding form.

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks Midge!!

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almost 4 years ago kmartinelli

Love! Beer and chocolate - what could be bad?

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks! It's pretty darn delicious!!

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almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

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The texture of the pudding looks perfect, and I heart the stout & chocolate combo. Well done, MrsL!

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks so much, hla! The texture aspect was driving me nuts. I think I finally figured it out. Let's just say pudding can get complicated if you let it.

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

A chocolate pudding even my good beer obsessed husband will like.

Mrs._larkin_370

almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Hope so! Let me know if you try it!! You may want to take the stoutyness up a notch for him; just switch the proportions of the liquid. But I thought 1 cup was way too stout-y in my test runs.