This makes a deep, dark chocolate pudding that is perfect for the chocolate lover.

2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups half and half (or 1/2 milk and 1/2 heavy cream)
1/3 cup Bel colade 22/24 cocoa or equal
1 large egg
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine the cornstarch, half of the sugar with 1/2 cup of the half and half.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Add the cocoa, egg and egg yolks and whisk until smooth.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, cook the remaining 2 cups of milk and the remaining sugar until it boils for several minutes.
  3. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the hot milk while whisking the mixture to keep it smooth.  Cook until bubbles rise through the liquid but not to a boil. Remove from the heat.  Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the pudding into serving dishes or a casserole dish.  Cover the pudding surface with waxed paper placed directly on the pudding.  Let cool for one hour and then place in the refrigerator to chill.

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