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.


Jennifer Jo said...

Classy and cruel. Classy for obvious reasons---simple, elegant, rich. Cruel because it's nearly 10 pm and I can't eat chocolate before going to bed. Humph.

Laryssa Herbert said...

Sounds like the perfect remedy to chocolate cravings!

Toby said...

This recipe has changed my life! Maybe you should follow it up with a ten minute dessert made from a single egg white? And congratulations on the book.

Rosanna said...

About that egg white. You can make this a fluffy pudding if you beat the egg white to soft peaks and fold it into the finished pudding just before you chill it. It's pretty splendid that way. Usually I just fry the egg white, slice it, and put it on my salad.

Anonymous said...

This sounds amazing and I will try it! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

beautiful, and i am very tempted to have this be my bed time snack.