Chocolate and Espresso Budinos


This recipe is a thick  deeply chocolate pudding infused with espresso powder. The espresso amplifies the natural flavor of the chocolate. While the use of both cocoa powder and melted chocolate reinforces this strong chocolate flavor and provides a smooth and almost  unctuous mouthfeel.

Chocolate and Espresso Budinos

Ingredients

1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons boiling water
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

Preparation

Warm the milk and cream together either in a saucepan or microwave.

Put the sugar and cornstarch into another saucepan and sieve in the cocoa. Add the 2 tablespoons of boiling water and whisk to a paste.

Then whisk in the egg yolks, 1 at a time, followed by the warmed milk and cream, and then the vanilla extract.

Scrape down the sides of your pan and put it on the heat, cooking and whisking for about 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture thickens – if it helps, think of consistency like mayonnaise.

Take off the heat and whisk in the finely chopped chocolate, before pouring into 4 small cups or glasses each with a yield of about 2/3 of a cup.

Cover the tops of the cups with plastic wrap to stop them from forming a skin, and then refrigerate once they are cooler. Make sure they are not still fridge-cold when you serve them.

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