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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TWD: Feels Like the First Time

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The first dessert I ever remember my mother making for me when I was a little girl was chocolate pudding. She used a packaged brand called My T Fine. With great anticipation, I'd watch as she measured out the milk into a pot, added the pudding mix and stirred and stirred until steam began to rise. Then, she'd pour it into little cups and set it on the counter to set. That was the hardest part for me - waiting for it to thicken up and settle into smooth, creamy, chocolately pudding. While I waited, she'd let me lick the spoon for a tasty preview of what was to come. When the pudding was ready, I'd dig my spoon through the firm and slightly chewy skin on top and take my first bite. I always took really small spoonfuls to make the pudding last longer, because I loved it so much.

To this day, chocolate pudding holds a special place in my heart. It represents all the warm, fuzzy and sweet parts of my childhood. So, when I learned that this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was a homemade Chocolate Pudding, I got a little excited. I'd never made a pudding from scratch before, and I was anxious to try it. I was also thrilled that I didn't have to turn on my oven for this one.
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The recipe for this pudding seemed relatively basic, although it involved a lot of steps, that seemed a bit unnecessary. The main ingredients were milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and chocolate. I used some Valrhona 61% dark chocolate that I had left over from another recipe. For variety, I added some instant espresso powder to some of my pudding to give it a mocha flavor.

I found those cute little glasses in the top photo at a local restaurant as we were dining there one evening. I asked the server where they got them and he sold me some for a dollar each. Aren't they perfect? I'd been waiting for a chance to use them and this was it. I decided to make little pudding parfaits in them. For the parfaits, I made some white chocolate pudding with a lovely recipe that I found over at Tartelette's place. In between the dark and white chocolate puddings, I put a thin layer of red raspberry sauce. I think raspberry goes so well with both white and dark chocolate! I think they look adorable!
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I'm sure you're wondering how this pudding tasted. Did it hold its own against My T Fine, my childhood standard? Of course, the proof is in the pudding, as they say, and this pudding was definitely "My T Fine"! Oh, quit groaning, already. It's my blog and I'm entitled to a few trite cliches now and then. Seriously, this pudding was fantastic! The bittersweet chocolate gave it a rich, complex depth of flavor that you just can't get out of a box. The texture was impossibly silky, like velvet. It was a truly luxurious dessert. Best of all, it brought back such wonderful memories of my childhood. I would absolutely make it again, and since they don't sell My T Fine in my neck of the woods, I probably will. It beats the hell out of Jello Pudding Cups!
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Many thanks to Melissa from It's Melissa's Kitchen for choosing this recipe for us this week! If you would like to try this for yourself, and you should, you can find the recipe on Dorie's site here in addition to her book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. And finally, pop on over to the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll to see what the other members have done with this recipe.

73 comments:

Jules Someone said...

That looks adorable and delicious! Mmmmmm.

Rebecca said...

I love your presentation! Those little glasses were a real score. And this DOES beat the hell out of Jell-O.

The Kitchen Vixen said...

fabulous presentation! those glasses are adorable!

Patsyk said...

What wonderful childhood memories! I've never made pudding from scratch, but I can imagine it must be so much better than the boxed stuff. Yours looks decadent!

Melissa said...

What great little glasses!

Dianne said...

Your pudding looks fabulous!

Engineer Baker said...

Those glasses are awesome - maybe I'll start trying that idea out. I never thought a restaurant would sell those sorts of things to you!

eatme_delicious said...

I love that first photo! What a beautiful and yummy looking dessert you've create.

Haley said...

I'm Haley, Key Ingredient's Chief Blogger. We would like to feature this recipe and photo on our blog. We realize it is taken from another source, but we'll be sure to note that...we just feel you've done a great job putting this meal together! Please email haleyglasco@gmail.com if interested. Thanks :)

Haley

Linda said...

GORGEOUS presentation!! I love those dainty little glasses!

kim said...

ooh, love your pics, and the white choc pudding on top sounds delicious!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I remember being obsessed with making pudding from scratch when I was in high school. It was easy to do because we always had eggs, milk, and cornstarch in the house. I haven't made pudding for pudding's sake (rather than for a pie or something like that) in years. You've given me some ideas. I don't know if I made pudding again if my presentation would be as pretty.

noble pig said...

Ummm, those are just adorable...and beautiful..and perfect...like you.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I too think of Mom whenever I make chocolate pudding. It's the quintessential "warm and fuzzy" for me. Yours looks lip-smacking good, Susan.

Roni said...

Your presentation is incredible! I love the glass cups and the fact that you went all out and did a white chocolate pudding and raspberry layer. Sounds delish!

Debbie said...

Wow. Your picture of the pudding is great. I wish I could take photos like that! I do remember My T Fine pudding. That certainly brought bake memories. I remember my mom making a pudding from a box called Whip and Chill.....I don't think they made that product a long time though.....!

Stephanie said...

Those little pudding cups look so pretty and elegant. A far cry from Jell-O cups indeed! I love those little squarish cups, they're very cute.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Hi Everyone! I'm so glad that you liked my pudding presentation! I agree that those little glasses were a great score. In case anyone is interested, I got them at Carrabbas Italian Grill. It is a chain restaurant in the U.S.

I see that some of you also remember My T Fine pudding. That was pretty good stuff. Apparently, it is a regional brand and not available here in the South. I did find a few web sites that carry it, so if you get a craving for it, you can get it online.

Engineer Baker- Give it a try. You never know unless you ask.

Haley- Thanks for stopping by. I will check out your site as soon as I get a chance.

Kim- The white chocolate pudding was delious - and a nice contrast.

Short (dis)Order Cook- I'm impressed! I never even thought to make pudding from scratch before, especially as a teen!

Noble Pig- Awww shucks! Thank you! Right back at you! :)

Debbie- I remember Whip and Chill! My mom made it too. I loved it!

Christine said...

I so wish I could take pics like you do. Your pudding looks delicious!

Steph said...

Thos pictures are amazing!! I love how you served them differently.

the southern hostess said...

Great presentation! This looks delicious!

Kevin said...

The chocolate pudding looks great!

Pamela said...

The pictures are amazing! I love the little square glasses that you served your parfaits in. And I enjoyed your the memory you shared. It's amazing what memories foods can conjure up! Great job.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Those are gorgeous pictures! I have a favorite dark chocolate custard recipe which sees way too much use when the weather turns cold!

Might T Fine is still sold via the Vermont Country Catalog, I believe.

Heather B said...

I love your presentation! It looks delicious! Great job!

Tartelette said...

I did the same things last year when I found bowls I liked. My husband thought I was crazy but they went for it! The puddings are scrumptious!

Susie Homemaker said...

those little glasses and your pudding in them looks SO AMAZING!! I want one. Or two. Ummm, how many are left?? :)

Paula said...

I love how you describe your childhood pudding experience! Your presentation of this is beautiful and I bet it tasted My T Divine! Yum!

karen said...

love the little glasses, how nice of them to sell them to you. your parfaits look great. and the espresso sounds like a great addition, too. :)

Mike said...

Gorgeous! Dorie's pudding is great and all, but there's something to be said about the presentation. Makes me feel bad serving it to people in plastic-wrapped cups.

amandalouden said...

Looks so great! I love love pudding.

White On Rice Couple said...

The valrhona chocolate you have is a great one! Gosh the pudding looks great, and you're right, it sure does beat the hell out of jello pudding!

When are you and you mom gonna have your cookoff's? I would love to see a series on this!

Rachelle said...

Oooh I love how you did yours with the white chocolate and raspberry! Mmmm

LOVE that coffee cup photo too!

Nickki said...

Your puddings look so delicious! Beautiful pictures. I loved this recipe too! :)

dorie said...

What a great idea to make both white and dark chocolate puddings -- they looked so lovely together in the adorable little glasses and bet they tasted as good as they looked.

PheMom said...

Fantastic pudding and so very cute!

Katie said...

These are adorable and even though I'm not a huge fan of pudding I think I might like these.

Jess said...

Another "beautiful presentation" - thanks for sourcing the little glasses! Nice job!

Mary said...

Wow! I love the little pudding parfaits! They looks so upscale and elegant, especially for something as homey and comforting as chocolate pudding!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I would have paid a dollar for those cute glasses too.

Madam Chow said...

That photo makes my mouth water - I love the little glasses. And great combo of flavors!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Christine- Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy the photos. The best advice I can give is to try to find some good filtered light and take lots of shots. Sometimes, I'll take 50-75 shots of something! With that many to choose from, you're sure to find a few that you like.

Pamela- It is amazing! Food can represent so many things, the most important of which are love and family.

Jen- I think I have seen it in that catalog before. Of course, now that I know how to make it myself.... ;)

Tartelette- Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Susie- You'd better hurry. They're going fast! ;)

WORC- Glad you liked them! My mom and I have been talking about doing a series on making homemade pasta, and of course, we'll be having a Holiday cookie throwdown! As soon as things settle down around here.

Dorie- Welcome to my little slice of the web! I'm flattered and honored that you came by. I'm so glad that you liked my little parfaits. You provide me with such wonderful inspiration!

Jess- You're very welcome. I like to share whenever I can.

joanne at frutto della passione said...

I love the little puddings in the shot glasses. Just the perfect thing to serve after a dinner party! And I agree about raspberry and chocolate together - perfect!

Kristen said...

What lovely creations!!

Gina said...

The pudding cups look delicious! And I agree - raspberry is an excellent choice to go with white and dark chocolate. Beautiful photography as well.

Teanna said...

That was a great story about you being a little girl! So vivid- it should have been a commercial! You pudding looks gorgeous!

Aran said...

these are adorable susan!

KayKat said...

Wow! That first pic totally caught my attention, 100%!

I totally agree with you - raspberries rule! Especially with chocolate :)

Melissa said...

So wonderful! These are like little mini dessert sliders!

mimi said...

i loved my t fine puddings! um, what's with the past tense, i still love 'em! but will definitely have to try this recipe. your pudding in the big coffee mug looks great!

Brilynn said...

Those glasses really are great, and I like adding a little alcohol to my pudding now...

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Nice little glass cups!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Gorgeous photos Susan! Does Carraba's sell those glasses? I have one near by.

Peabody said...

Oh Valrhona...good choice!!! I love that stuff.

nicisme said...

Joining the end of the queue here to say "fabulous"!

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

I love this! They look so elegant, tempting, luscious and incredibly fabulous. I want.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your pudding looks fabulous! I love the layers and the dainty cups you used. Beautiful photos, too.

Dhanggit said...

this is definitely the most mouth-watering pudding i've laid my eyes on..im drooling with your photos..yummy

Lillian said...

Your photos are beautiful, and those little glasses are great!

LyB said...

What a lovely presentation! I love the contrast the raspberries crate against the whipped cream. And your pudding looks just luscious. :)

Hillary said...

I can't decide what I like to do more: make chocolate pudding or eat it! Yours looks magnificent, well done!

Cakelaw said...

These little puddings are soooooooo cute. You are right - the glasses are just perfect! I need to work on the presentation side of things - your presentation is always faultless, whereas I think I've made an effort if I slap my food on a plate.

CookiePie said...

Oooooh - there are few things more satisfying than homemade pudding. And you certainly gave it elegance with the 2 puddings and the raspberry sauce! Delicious and so pretty!!

Emiline said...

How decadent and delicious!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

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Simply...Gluten-free said...

Beautiful presentation and photos. I think you just triggered a major chocolate attack for me - gotta have some chocolate pudding!

Leslie said...

Oh this looks out of this world!!!

una donna dolce said...

Mmmm...chocolate...

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amy purple said...

Those photos look so tempting! I always remember when my mother and i would bake stuff growing up. It really does create warm moments.

Bren @ Flanboyatn Eats said...

this is pure goodness right here! nice.

Cakespy said...

WOW does that look delicious, rich and refreshing--all at once! How yum. One of my childhood favorites--and Dorie always does such a beautiful job. :-)

Dolores said...

I love your beautiful layered mini parfaits; what a splendid way to break in a new set of glassware. Glad the recipe measured up to your My-T-Fine expectations! :)

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