Friday, February 14, 2014

Die & go to Chocolate Heaven this Valentines!

The Headlines:

I love eating chocolate.

I hate spending (too much) time in the kitchen.

Treat yourself (and anyone you love) today...

This rich chocolate pudding takes 5 minutes to make!

My house is an absolute nightmare right now.  It looks like my 2 bedroom closets threw up all over.  I like to keep a decently tidy house.  This... is the antithesis of that.  Why all the chaos? Our painter was supposed to begin painting my bedroom, bathroom our "his" and "her" closets plus the office this week.  She got the flu.  Therefore, as we speak we are living in the middle of an episode of that Hoarder show on, what is it, A&E???  Really.  It's that bad.

But I'm trying to put all of that aside - for one day - in order to celebrate Valentines.  Yes, I'm just going to pretend I haven't been wearing the same 2 outfits all week long.  On the big day of love we usually don't go out.  Sometimes we'll go out  the weekend before or after but never on the day of… for much the same reason we don't go out on New Year's Eve.  I'd rather stay in on the exact holiday.  This heart day, I have an idea for BP (my husband) - we'll see if it works… if it does I may blog about it next year.

Back to the subject at hand: one idea that I KNOW will work - Double chocolate pudding!  This stuff is major yum and it may take you all of 5 minutes to whip up!  It's so easy, so yummy and so decadent… you'll feel as if you've died and gone to pudding heaven…. or something.

Double Chocolate Pudding
What makes this treat even better is you may already have everything in your pantry to cover it.  When I first made it, surprisingly, I did!

Here's what you need:
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 tblspns granulated sugar
3 tblspns unsweetened cocoa
3 tblspns cornstarch
1/4 tspn salt
4 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
whipped creme… optional

It makes about 4 cups of pudding, if you want more, double it.

Combine 1/2 cup of milk with sugars, cocoa, salt and cornstarch in a jar or bowl that has a lid so it can close tightly.

When ingredients are combined, shake vigorously.  It needs to be blended.  Pour the rest of the milk into a medium sized sauce pan and heat over medium flame.  When bubbles start to form on sides add cocoa mixture in and stir with whisk to combine.

Cook until it thickens.  About 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add chocolate and vanilla.  Stir to combine.  

Once all the chocolate has melted, spoon into cups or small bowls.  Serve hot or cold.  Top  with whipping creme if you so choose.

They are rich, creamy, elegant mouthfuls of chocolate love.  Perfect for Valentine's Day.  Take a closer look.

What I (also) love about this desert is… you can make it the day before, or the morning of your "dinner" or "event" and it's so easy to serve.  Some deserts require you to make and serve right away.  Great - if I have a personal chef in my kitchen doing that for me!  Not so great if I'm the personal chef.  What am I supposed to do… excuse myself for an hour after dinner while I prepare the desert.  Yea, BP would fall asleep in that interim.  It could never fly here.  

Anyways, happy heart day, from the bottom of mine.  You should totally make this today, even last minute, this desert works!  

Now… if I could just find an outfit to wear.  Hmmmmm…  

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