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.