I like to pretend like Valentine’s Day is so overrated but to tell you the truth, it is kind of sweet. I mean anything to do with love is, right?
Over the years, I’ve toughened up from being a love stuck teenager to pretend-I-don’t-care-about-love-letters, but eh, who am I kidding?! Love letters are awesome and just between you and me, I still badger my husband for one.
Talking of husbands and men in general, how often do you men go into the kitchen to dish up something nice for your better half? I know you secretly want to. We all love being Master Chef right?
But I know it’s difficult. Pulling all the ingredients together, making a mess, cleaning it up or getting screamed at for not cleaning it up. I hear you men! And here I am to your rescue.
Let’s do a quick chocolate pudding. When I say quick, I mean exactly 15 minutes from start to finish. How do I know? I timed it. Yes, I’m kinda obsessive like that. I know you won’t judge me. We are friends, right?
And I promise, no mess. And one pot. It’s not too good to be true. The thrill on her face would be, though 🙂
Let’s make it easier. I’ll take you through the steps one by one.
Add cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s but Cadbury works well too), cornstarch, sugar and salt to a large microwave proof bowl. Stir together to mix everything evenly.
Chocolate Pudding Step-1
Add milk and whisk together till you don’t see any lumps.
Chocolate Pudding Step 2
Place this in a microwave on full power for 8 minutes. Oops in my excitement, I forgot to take pictures of what happens in there.
Pause the microwave every 2 minutes, take the bowl out and give it a quick whisk. This will ensure there are no lumps. DO NOT skip this step as the pudding may spill over. How do I know? Because it happened to me. facepalm
After 8 minutes, your pudding should have thickened up. If you want, you can place it in the microwave for an additional 2 minutes, but 10 minutes should be the maximum time.
While its still hot, stir in the chopped chocolate (I used Cadbury Bournville with fantastic results), butter and vanilla extract. Whisk it all up as if your life depends on it!
Chocolate Pudding Step-3
And Voila! Smooth, chocolate-y, lusciously thick pudding ready to be served. Scoop it out in individual bowls or if you are like me, don’t wait that long. Snuggle up on the couch, and lick it off your fingers.