Comfort Food a la Ina

Posted in Main, sidenotes at 1:03 am by carrie

The Santa Ana Winds are kicking up tonight, my allergies are going crazy and we just spent the last 90 minutes “battening down the hatches” at the shop. The wind really comes through the foothills whirling and wreaking havoc on everything in its path. We put up a guard on the door so it would only open out and not blow in, I watered all the plants down and made sure the little trees were secure and we changed the batteries on the cash register. Why do I do this? Well… during our last wind spell the power went out for a long time. (WOW… as I typed that, the power just went off and on… Nathan has an UPS, or interruptible power supply so the computer didn’t do anything but the lights are flickering… yikes!)

Anywho… where was I… oh yes… cash register… it was a bear setting that bad boy up. It has a very counter-intuitive way about it. Even Nathan, programmer by day, had a hard time with it. And I learned all about it this last spring! It dumped all our information, sales categories and running totals. I used paper receipts until I could figure it out, and everything started from square one at that point… argh! So, those of you out there in the market for a new cash register… see if you can get one with a wonderful backup system, because mine… ain’t so good :)

So, on to comfort food. Because I’m freaked out about getting a wake-up call regarding glass windows and the like, I started craving something warm and fuzzy. My first thought… chocolate pudding! (of course!) So, I just whipped up Ina’s Recipe for Double Chocolate Pudding :) Here is her recipe, from the food network website:

Remember My-T-Fine chocolate pudding? It’s the ultimate comfort food. Well, I like to take something familiar and bump up the flavor with high-quality ingredients. This pudding gets its flavor from good cocoa powder and imported semisweet chocolate. It’s the real thing and, surprise!, it’s not much harder to make than the packaged kind, and it’s sooooo much better.

6 extra-large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons very good cocoa powder
Pinch salt
2 cups milk
1-ounce very good semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light yellow and thick in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium-high speed. On low speed, add the cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Bring the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan and, with the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the chocolate mixture. Combine well, then pour the mixture back into the pan.

Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon, until thickened. If the mixture begins to curdle, remove it from the heat and beat it vigorously with a wire whisk. Remove the pan from the heat, add the chocolate, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream, and mix until the chocolate and butter are melted.

Pour into serving bowls. Place plastic wrap directly on the top of the pudding, and chill thoroughly.

I left the plastic wrap off since I kind of like the skin (eugh, I know…) but alas, it didn’t really have any sort of top layer to speak of.

Meanwhile my eyes are itchy and watery, the wind is howling outside and all I can think about are our little trees and windows getting the brunt of the wind :( Stay strong little trees!

Next time… I shall make enough for everyone ;) That means you, Tyn!!! :) hehe!


  1. Tyn said,

    October 18, 2006 at 8:31 am

    I too was at the mercy of a baker of the “perfect scone” . My SIL spent the next 6 months trying to crack the recipie. How did you know I was gonna ask for some puddin’!! You’re funny. now give me a snack!

    Good luck with the wind. I remember those days in La Canada- you never knew what you were going to find.

  2. Heather said,

    October 18, 2006 at 10:11 am

    I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog, but I’m glad I did. We are suffering through the Santa Ana winds as well. We must live somewhat close to each other. (So. Cal) Your pudding looks yummy, and your Halloween sweets from your earlier post looked just as delicious! Who can resist cupcakes, who?

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