When I saw this Split level pudding recipe in Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking: From my kitchen to yours“, I decided to give it a try. Also my son has been pestering me to make pudding for a while, so went ahead and made it yesterday night.
Split Level Pudding
- 2¼ cups milk Whole
- 6 tbsp Sugar
- 3 tbsp Corn starch
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 3 Egg Yolks
- 2 tbsps Unsalted butter - cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature
- 2½ tsps Vanilla extract Pure
- 2 oz chocolate Semi-sweet - finely chopped
- 1/3 cup Heavy cream
- Have 6 ramekins or pudding cups about 4oz. to 6oz. capacity, at hand.
- Make the Chocolate layer: Put the chopped chocolate in a 1 or 2 cup measuring cup. Bring heavy cream to a boil in a saucepan and pour it over the chocolate. Let stand for 30 seconds, then gently stir to blend. Divide the chocolate among the ramekins and set aside.
- Bring 2 cups of milk and 3tbsp sugar to a boil in a medium heavy-bottomed sauce pan.
- In the meantime, put cornstarch and salt in a food processor and pulse to blend. Remove onto a wax paper and keep aside.
- Put the remaining 3tbsp sugar and the egg yolks into the processor and blend for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and add the remaining ¼ cup of milk and pulse just to mix, then add the cornstarch & salt mixture and pulse a few times to blend.
- By this time, milk should be boiling. With the motor running, slowly stream the hot milk mixture into the food processor and process for a few seconds.
- Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook on medium heat, whisking constantly, making sure to get the edges of the pan, until the mixture thickens and bubbles start to form on the surface, about 2 minutes. Make sure that the mixture does not boil.
- Scrape the pudding back into the food processor and pulse a couple of times. Add the butter and vanilla and pulse until everything is evenly blended.
- Pour the pudding into the ramekins.** Press a plastic wrap right on the surface of the pudding to create an airtight seal and prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.