This Hot Chocolate Pudding with Candied Pecans is a wonderful warm, chocolate treat. Perfect for the holidays and can be made ahead, too!
Today, I have one last treat to share, before I sign off for 2017. My son is home today and my daughter will arrive home tomorrow, so my plan is to spend some quality family time for the next week and a bit. I’ll be back right after the New Year!.
I did want to take a moment to thank everyone who has stopped by Seasons and Suppers this past year, whether you were just browsing or cooking along. Whether you said hi or you prefer to just be a reader. It’s all good and I do appreciate it :) Wishing all those that are celebrating, a most wonderful Christmas, with lots of special family moments are of course, lots of great food!
And speaking of great food (how’s that for a segue?) … these little Hot Chocolate Puddings had my daughter’s name all over them, so I couldn’t resist giving them a try. And since they were wonderfully delicious, I just had to share, too.
If you’ve ever enjoyed Sipping Chocolate, you’ll understand the appeal of this warm chocolate pudding. If you haven’t, simply imagine hot chocolate … only thicker and silkier. Topped with crunchy candied pecans for a little crunch and a dollop of whipped cream, they’re a perfect holiday treat.
And did I mention you could make both the pecans and the pudding ahead? I said these were perfect. Enjoy!
Cook’s Notes for Hot Chocolate Pudding with Candied Pecans
Using the nicest chocolate you can find will make all the difference in these puddings. Something around 70% cacao is great. And since it’s Christmas, there is probably some great chocolate around.
If you’d like to add your own twist to these, try a flavoured chocolate, such as chocolate-mint, chocolate-orange or chocolate-sea salt. Anything chocolate you enjoy eating will be perfect.
This is nice served in cups and since you don’t need to bake in them, any teacup will work just fine.
You will probably have more candied pecans than you need, but I’m sure you can find other uses for the extras.
While these are lovely warm, if you have left-over pudding, simply refrigerate and enjoy from the fridge, as well.
Hot Chocolate Pudding with Candied Pecans
Warm, silky chocolate pudding, topped with candied pecans and whipped cream. Both the pudding and the candied pecans can be made ahead!
- 1 large egg white
- 2 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4-1/2 tsp less if using fine salt and even less if you used salted butter
- 4 oz. 70% cacao chocolate chopped
- Whipped cream for topping
For the candied pecans (can be made well ahead): Preheat oven to 325F. Whisk egg white in a medium bowl until frother. Whisk in sugar, then add the pecans. Toss until the pecans are well coated. Spread out onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes, until browned and dry, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet. Use immediate or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
For the pudding: Add cream, milk, butter and vanilla to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combinea nd bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt.
As soon as the cream mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat. Remove a ladle-full of the warm cream and very slowly (a drop at a time at first!), add to the egg mixture while whisking the egg mixture constantly. Keep whisking and adding the warm cream, increasing to a slow stream, until the entire ladle-full has been added. Repeat with another ladle-full. When two ladles have been added, add the egg mixture to the saucepan with the remaining cream and whisk to combine. Return saucepan to burner over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the pudding is completely smooth. Pour into serving cups. Top with candied pecans and a dollop of whipped cream.
Notes: Pudding can also be made up to 2 days ahead, if you prefer. Rather than pour into cups, remove to a heat-proof bowl (glass or metal). Lay plastic wrap overtop so that the wrap comes into contact with the top of the pudding to prevent it from forming a skin, then refrigerate. To rewarm, place your bowl over a pot of simmering water (making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl) and stir pudding until re-warmed, then serve as above.
Adapted from Bon Apetit September 2016