Perfect for Valentine's Day, this rich and delicious chocolate pudding is made with a classic Italian method that they call "budino." The pudding has a glorious texture--firm enough to stay on the spoon and hold its shape, but at the same time, soft, smooth, and silky. It's a perfect balance between intense chocolate flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness, topped with a soft whipped cream topping that elevates it to a whole new level of amazingness!

Recipe Summary

Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Puddings:
Topping:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine chocolate chips, salt, and cayenne in a heat-proof measuring cup; set aside.

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  • Separate eggs by cracking one egg into your hand over a bowl. Open your fingers slightly and gently jiggle your hand until the egg white falls into the bowl below. Transfer the yolk to a skillet. Repeat with remaining eggs. Reserve egg whites for another use.

  • Add sugar, milk, and cream to egg yolks. Whisk thoroughly, breaking egg yolks first, until well combined.

  • Place skillet on the stove over medium or medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a silicone spoon, until very hot and thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 5 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should read at least 175 degrees F (79 degrees C). Remove from the heat.

  • Set a fine sieve over the bowl of reserved chocolate. Strain the custard sauce into the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk until chocolate has melted and custard sauce is smooth and shiny, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and butter; stir until butter has melted, about 1 minute.

  • Pour warm custard sauce into 6 serving glasses. Tilt each glass and rotate it around so the warm chocolate coats another 1/2 inch of the glass. Cover with plastic and place in the refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 3 to 4 hours.

  • Combine cream and vanilla extract for topping in a metal bowl and whisk until thickened; make sure no peaks form. Spoon cream into the glasses, then tilt and twirl to coat the sides a bit.

  • Garnish with shaved chocolate and serve.

Chef's Notes:

I used 63% cacao chips, but you can chop a dark chocolate bar if you want. Or you can use any chocolate.

You can whip your cream into peaks, if desired.

Instead of shaved chocolate, you can top the puddings with cocoa or candied flower petals.

Nutrition Facts

561 calories; protein 9.1g; carbohydrates 42.7g; fat 41.7g; cholesterol 276.9mg; sodium 137.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews

Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2021
Delicious rich and thick chocolatey dessert. I used bittersweet Ghirardelli morals, which are in the 60% range. Be careful when heating the egg mixture. Just a few seconds too long and you could end up with scamebbled eggs (I almost did this). This is very rich so dividing it in 6 portion is just enough for one person. Don't forget the whipped cream either. It adds just the right amount of airy cream to offset the dense chocolate. I made this for Valentine's Day, but it's an easy recipe for any special event or chocolate craving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2021
Halfed the recipe and got 4 servings. Very easy. Added a cinnamon heart for valentines theme. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2021
Super good! He is not kidding about the serving size being adequate, it is very rich and delicious. Will definitely make this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2021
I used dark chocolate chips and a half of a raspberry dark chocolate bar. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2021
It’s okay, but had a gritty texture that distracted from the flavor. Not sure why, but something tells me that Bakers 100% cacao and semi-sweet mix of chocolate might have not been the culprit. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2021
Another excellent recipe brought by the brilliant chef John Mitzewich Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2021
This was excellent. Next time I will try a small glug of Amaretto in the mix Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2021
Hi Chef John, I loved this recipe for Valentine’s Day! I made it and it was so easy and fun! :) I used 70% cacao instead of 60% and it turned out well still! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2021
Wonderful & decadent dessert!!! Precise instructions help ensure success. This would also be a great make-ahead dessert for a casual event - just use small jelly jars with lids instead of dishes (replace solid disks in lids with circles cut from clear plastic plates for a pretty presentation). Read More
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