If any of you are like me every once in a while you have a chocolate craving that just won't go away. I guarantee this will take care of it. Opening a box of instant chocolate pudding is much easier but nowhere near as tasty. This should come with a a warning, "once you've tried this you may never want to take the easy way out again". I don't mean to sound like this is hard, because it's not. It just takes a little longer than instant.
CHOCOLATE PUDDING (serves 4-6)
*1/2 cup sugar
*4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
*1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon corn starch
*dash of salt
*3 cups whole milk (or 2%)
*2 tablespoons butter
*1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
~In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt.
~Place over medium heat, and stir in milk.
~Bring to a boil, cook, stir with a whisk constantly.
~Stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the metal whisk (if your whisk is not metal, dip a mental spoon in it).
~Remove from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla.
~Stir until butter is melted.
~Pour into bowl or serving dishes.
~Let cool and serve warm or chill in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Helpful Hint: ~Place plastic wrap directly over pudding while it cools. This prevents the pudding from forming a skin on top of it.