2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz. good quality milk chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Lightly sweetened whipped cream
Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then gradually whisk in milk and cream. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking constantly, then boil, whisking, 2 minutes. (Mixture will be thick.) Remove from heat. Whisk in chocolate and vanilla until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and chill pudding, its surface covered with wax paper (to prevent a skin from forming), until cold, at least 2 hours.
Pudding can be chilled, covered with plastic wrap after 2 hours, up to 3 days.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Date: June 18, 2007