Monday, March 17, 2008

Itty Bitty Choccy Fix

Does that make you salivate? Did it ring your bell? Float your boat? Rumble your tum-tum?

Good! It's supposed to do all of the above. This is my St. Paddy's Day gift to you -- a really, really quick comfort food goody that will surely soothe any possible yearning you may have for just the right amount of decadent chocolate therapy. Did I mention it's fast?

There are two ways of doing this, depending on what you happen to have on hand on your pantry shelf. If you have chocolate chips, use Official Method Uno. If you are out of choccy chips but have baking cocoa, use Official Method Dos. What you see above is the result of Dos. I did Uno today, after stocking up on the choccy chips and really couldn't detect any difference in quality so both methods pass the F.E.D. test.

Official Method Uno
In a microwave safe bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon corn starch and 1/2 cup milk. Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Nuke on high for 1 minute. Whisk until chocolate is melted and stirred well into liquid. Nuke on high for 1 more minute. Whisk and pour into serving dish.

Official Method Dos
In a microwave safe bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons baking cocoa, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon corn starch. Add 1/2 cup milk and whisk well. Nuke on high for 1 minute, whisk again. Nuke for 1 more minute, whisk in 1 tablespoon butter. Pour into serving dish.

A word here about microwave wattage: my unit is a little 800 Watt Sharp Carousel model. If your machine is more powerful, you might want to do the pudding in 30-second intervals until you're sure of the timing. Or maybe cook the pudding on, say, 70% power.

You can eat this pudding as soon as it's barely cool enough to avoid burning your tongue or you can slip it into the refrigerator until it's cold. Depends on how urgent your choccy urge happens to be at the moment. It's great as is, of course, but you can flop a dollop of whipped cream on top if you want. Or fold a big glob of the whipped cream into the pudding for a more chiffon-like result. Or smack a honkin' big helping of the pudding on top of a piece of cake in lieu of frosting.

But, you ask, is it Irish? This is, after all, St. Patrick's Day, is it not? Well, no. It isn't Irish and, yes, it is St. Paddy's Day. Chocolate and the wearin' of the green are not mutually exclusive, you know. I'll tell you what. You whup yourself up a mug of the choccy pudding and indulge yourself in its glorious goodness while you enjoy the Irish Blessing video below and then you tell me ... isn't this a lot better than green beer?


bonnie said...

Morning Dee. Tis the day after and I'm sitting here at 2 a.m. salviating over that. (yeah they say I misspelled that word but I'm too tired to pick up the dictionary. lol

John Bailey said...

Too early for choccy of that deliciousness here, Dee, but I shall try it. And a Happy St P's day after to you!

Stephanie said...

Uh oh, something tells me there will be a lot of chocolate pudding in my future... I don't know if I should thank or curse you for posting this recipe!

Mage And George said...

This isn't just an Irish treat, it's universal. Lovely, thanks for the Uno and Dos dos. :)

Dee said...

Good morning to you, too, Bonnie! When "they" hint you've misspelled a word, right-click on it and "they" will give you the correct spelling. No need for a steenkin' dictionary. (grin)

Timing is everything, John. The choccy treat suits for that special moment when the urge for comfort strikes all unexpected and insistent.

I know what you mean, Steph. Sometimes it's really hard to tell the difference between blessings and curses, isn't it?

You're welcome, Mage. And you're so clever with your segundo dos. (smile)