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Recipe: Chocolate Pudding with Pink Peppercorn and Crème Fraîche

Chocolate Pudding with Pink Peppercorn and Creme Fraiche. Food Styling by Victoria Walsh.

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Tangy crème fraîche and spicy peppercorns add a modern touch to a traditional homemade chocolate pudding.

Servings: 4

Ready time: 15 minutes (plus 2 hours refrigeration time)

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/2 cups 3.8% homogenized milk

2 ounces (56 g) good-quality 70% bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch coarse salt

2 tbsp crème fraîche

Cracked pink peppercorns

Method

Whisk sugar, cocoa and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Whisk in ½ cup of milk. Pour remaining milk into a small saucepan. Set over medium heat. When almost simmering, slowly whisk in cocoa mixture. Whisk until evenly mixed. Heat, stirring occasionally until thickened (about 3 minutes). Reduce heat if needed. Remove from heat. Sprinkle chocolate over top. Add vanilla and salt. Stir until smooth. Pour into a medium bowl. Press plastic wrap over surface of pudding. Refrigerate until cool and thickened (at least 2 hours).

Just before serving, spoon into bowls. Top with crème fraîche. Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of cracked pink peppercorns, if you like.

The pudding will keep covered and refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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