This is not one of my allegory posts. Just pudding. No pictures because too busy eating.
Base recipe is Tyler Florence's, but I switched out ingredients some.
1 cup nonfat milk (I don't have whole milk in the house. Stick with me.)
1/2 c. heavy cream (left over from the mushroom soup Monday)
1/2 c. brewed coffee
1/3 c. sugar (could probably reduce further, but not sure what it might do to consistency)
1/3 c. good cocoa powder, sifted
3 large egg yolks
3 t. vanilla extract
4 teaspoons cornstarch1/4 t. salt
A few shakes of chipotle Cholula or chipotle Tabasco
Pinch or two kosher salt
1: Mix together the milk, cream, and coffee. Pour 1 1/2 cups of it into a saucepan (nonstick makes your life easier) and heat over medium heat. Add in the sugar and cocoa. Stir occasionally until it comes up to a simmer.
2: While the milk is heating, separate the eggs. Add the egg yolks to the reserved 1/2 cup milk-coffee and whisk well. Add the vanilla, 1/4 t. salt, and cornstarch and blend thoroughly.
Once 1 is simmering, add it slowly to 2, whisking constantly. If you're impatient you may get little scrambled eggs in there. When that all comes together, return it to the saucepan and simmer for a few minutes, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened. Add a few shakes of your chipotle hot sauce of choice.
Put the pudding into cups/bowls, sprinkle with kosher salt, and refrigerate until they are chilled through.