This pudding is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. It was my first attempt at a blancmange and it turned out perfectly! This simple pudding is truly a classic. In “Little Women” Jo would make blancmange and bring it to her neighbor Laurie since he was frail and sick and she wanted to help him get better. Cute right?
I used a recipe from one of my favorite recipe blogs, and made some changes. You can find the original recipe here.
Serves 6 – 8
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup half and half
- 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Extras: Melted chocolate and whipped cream to garnish
Bring water to a boil in the bottom of a double boiler and reduce it to a low simmer. Whisk the dry ingredients in the top of the double boiler and place it on top of the simmering water. Then add the milk and half and half into the dry ingredients. Pour slowly and whisk well as you combine them.
Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly until thickened. It should not be too thick, just enough to coat the back of your spoon evenly. Whisk any lumps out, and add the chocolate.
Stir in the chocolate, whisking if needed, until the pudding is smooth and a bit shiny. Make sure not to cook it too long at this stage.
Remove the pudding from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Strain through a sieve into a large bowl to remove any lumps, then transfer into small serving bowls or glasses as I did.
Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. If you are worried about pudding skin, cover the surfaces with plastic wrap to prevent it from forming.
To make chocolate flowers or swirls, simply melt a couple of ounces of chocolate over low heat. Then, using a toothpick, draw your desired shapes onto a piece of wax paper. Make sure your lines are thick so that you chocolate doesn’t break! Place your designs in the freezer for 30 minutes or more before using.
When you are ready to garnish your pudding, whip up some cream (I prefer not to sweeten it) and carefully peel your chocolate designs off of the wax paper. Arrange them as you like and serve immediately.
This pudding is very rich, so servings do not need to be too large. And it certainly satisfies those chocolate cravings!
The unsweetened whipped cream is the perfect complement to the chocolate, so I highly recommend it!
You can also update this classic by adding spices, citrus zest, coconut, or fruit. You can even make some subtle changes by switching out the vanilla extract for another extract or flavor.
Have fun cooking and make sure you take a moment to revel in the delicious result!