Christmas Ornament Pudding2013-12-23
- Yield : 3 cups
- Servings : 4
- Prep Time : 2m
- Cook Time : 40m
- Ready In : 2m
A fancy pudding crowned with whipped cream and topped with sprinkles. Spooned into a round glass these fanciful desserts resemble a Christmas tree ornament.
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 3 cups half and half
- 3 squares bittersweet chocolate
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla, orange, or almond extract
Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan.
Gradually add milk and whisk to make a smooth liquid.
Add chocolate and place over medium high heat. Whisk occasionally until chocolate is completely melted and incorporated into milk.
Place egg yolks in a medium size bowl. Once milk mixture begins to steam add ¼ cup of warm milk to yolks whisking to combine. Add 2 additional ¼ cups of warm milk then add yolk mixture to contents of pot. Whisk to combine.
By this time cornstarch will be thickening the mixture. Cook at a low simmer until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat.
Press mixture through a fine sieve to remove any cooked egg and chocolate particles. Stir in extract.
Pour warm pudding into bowls or into a large bowl. Cool completely.
To make ornaments: Use a large mouth funnel to direct warm pudding into center of glasses. Chill completely. Whip 2/3 cup heavy cream with 2 TB powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Spoon whipped cream on top of chilled pudding. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles, orange zest, or cinnamon.