Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Chocolate Ganache Pudding

You might also call this "Instant Gratification Pudding." When you need this recipe, you'll know it.

It's for defusing sugar cravings. It only makes one serving, and you can have it ready in minutes. The pudding's got a bit of sweetness (from the dark chocolate), but its real merit lies in its completely satiating richness. It's so simple, it might not even be pudding. It might be just ganache with an egg yolk. And yes, that's the entire recipe.

Chocolate Ganache Pudding

Put half an inch of water in a little skillet over medium-high heat. Chop an ounce of dark chocolate into fine pieces. Put the chocolate in a tiny saucepan along with two tablespoons of butter. Set the saucepan in the skillet of hot water. Stir it occasionally as the pieces melt.

Meanwhile, put the yolk of an egg in a cup. Beat it with a fork.

When the chocolate and butter are both mostly melted, turn off the heat and stir them. Let the chocolate and butter finish melting in the residual warmth. When the chocolate and butter are all smooth, pour a bit of the chocolate into the egg yolk. Whisk it well with the fork, then scrape it all back into the saucepan. Stir it together, then turn the flame back on and cook it for just a tiny bit -- less than a minute, for sure -- until the mixture has gotten a bit thicker and glossier.

Scrape it into a small dish and pop it in the freezer. It should set up nicely in ten minutes.