Home-Alone Chocolate Pudding
If you're not alone, don't worry --- just double this quick microwave recipe.
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Dutch process
European cocoa (see Note below)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup skim milk, (or 1% or 2% Milk)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cool-Whip frozen light topping (optional)
walnut pieces (optional)
Combine sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch in a 1-quart glass
measure, and stir well. Gradually add milk, stirring with a wire whisk.
Microwave milk mixture at HIGH for 90 seconds, and stir well. Microwave again at
MEDIUM-HIGH for 90 seconds, or until mixture is thickened.
Add the vanilla extract, and stir well with a wire whisk. Pour into small
bowl/dish. Chill well. Top with Cool Whip and/or small walnut pieces if desired.
Note: There are 2 types of cocoa powder - Dutch process and American style.
Dutch process cocoa is treated with an alkali to neutralize its naturally acidic
taste, making it a little more mellow. Neither style is necessarily better than
the other. The important distinction is that, because they have different
acidity levels, the two types will produce different chemical reactions when
combined with the same ingredients. Use Droste brand for Dutch processed and
Ghirardelli or Hershey's for American Style. Do yourself a favor and make this
recipe with the Dutch process.
Amount Per Serving: Calories 286 - Calories from Fat 15
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 5%, Protein 12%, Carbohydrate 83%
Totals and Percent Daily Values (2000 calories): Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 1g,
Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 172mg, Total Carbohydrate 59g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Protein
8g, Vitamin A 375 units, Vitamin C 2 units, Calcium 0 units, Iron 1 units