Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Pudding

I am so very happy that I joined Tuesdays With Dorie. For the second week in a row, I've made a recipe that I probably would've skipped on my own but ended up completely thrilled by. And in just two weeks I've made two things I'd never attempted before: homemade pie crust and now, homemade pudding. I'm not much of pudding kind of girl (yet I love custard and creme brulee, go figure), but I was quite impressed by this recipe. So too was my boyfriend, who was more than happy to polish off the leftovers. He's a chocolate dessert fiend, to be sure.

I thought I might have some issues in assembling this dessert since I don't own a food processor or a regular blender, but my immersion blender actually worked perfectly and, I have a hunch, greatly reduced the clean-up effort. The pudding was really smooth and it set perfectly. Although I didn't have any whipped cream available at the boyfriend's house, I did bring home a box of amaretti cookies as a garnish. I thought it added a nice contrast in textures and enhanced the flavour of the pudding, too. My boyfriend, on the other hand, could've done without the cookies. To each their own.

A big thank you to Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen for helping me expand my baking repertoire! And don't forget to check out the rest of the Tuesdays With Dorie bakers.


Engineer Baker July 15, 2008 at 8:35:00 AM EDT  

Amaretti cookies sound like a great texture and flavor contrast. I agree about TWD though, it makes me try recipes I wouldn't have otherwise. It's one of the reasons I love the group, and I'm glad you like it too!

Rebecca July 15, 2008 at 11:04:00 AM EDT  

Wow, the crumbled cookies look fantastic on that pudding. YUM.

Jess July 15, 2008 at 1:43:00 PM EDT  

Yay immersion blenders! They make a nice pudding, don't they? I also seem to make new dessert discoveries almost every week with this group. Welcome!

Pamela July 15, 2008 at 2:26:00 PM EDT  

Your pudding looks great. I agree with you, too. I don't think I would have made this recipe on my own. It's great to be trying so many new things.

Melissa July 15, 2008 at 2:35:00 PM EDT  

The cookies are a great idea!

Jacque July 15, 2008 at 3:39:00 PM EDT  

Oooh, the cookies are a great addition! Nice pictures.

Welcome to TWD :)

Lillian July 15, 2008 at 6:28:00 PM EDT  

I love your photos -- you got the light just right.

Christine July 15, 2008 at 7:57:00 PM EDT  

The crumbled cookies look fabulous! Great job on the pudding!

Judy July 15, 2008 at 10:25:00 PM EDT  

mmmmmmmmmmmmm ameretti cookie crumbles! That sounds really good. Your pudding looks delicious.

The Food Librarian July 15, 2008 at 10:58:00 PM EDT  

Cookies were a great idea! Your boyfriend is lucky to have you baking every week! Welcome to the group!

Mike Spoodles July 16, 2008 at 12:56:00 AM EDT  

Oh man oh man! This looks so good! The cookies mixed with the general photo quality places this among my favorite pics of the week!

PheMom July 16, 2008 at 2:40:00 PM EDT  

Glad you are enjoying TWD and trying new things! It really is fun! Your pudding looks really wonderful!

Jenny July 16, 2008 at 7:03:00 PM EDT  

Oooh the cookies look great.

Barbara July 16, 2008 at 8:15:00 PM EDT  

Lovely pictures! I love the amaretti cookies, too.

aaliyah July 17, 2008 at 4:05:00 AM EDT  

I love the cookie addition to your pudding and will try that on my little guys next time. They have a thing about things inside stuff..they think they are alien eggs for some reason lol. You photos are awesome and I can't wait to see what you post next week.

Dolores July 17, 2008 at 11:16:00 AM EDT  

I think you're right; the immersion blender would've reduced the clean up effort substantially. And I love the addition of the amaretti, which would provide both flavor and texture contrast. Great job!

hornedfroggy July 24, 2008 at 11:40:00 AM EDT  

Such pretty pictures!! :) I bet it was yummy with the added cookies!

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