Baba’s Homemade Chocolate Pudding

(Somebody was recently asking me about this recipe and because it is JUST SO GOOD I decided to repost it.)

Baba's Chocolate Pudding

My cousin-in-law, Tara, gave me her grandmother’s (baba means grandmother in polish, I think she said…) recipe for homemade chocolate pudding. She was also kind enough to say that I could share this fantastic recipe with my readers.

I am so grateful that she did because, oh my, you MUST try this recipe. You will never use boxed pudding ever again! Well, I won’t for sure. Seriously, it is not much more involved than making the “cook and serve” version of boxed pudding and tastes so much better!

Baba’s Homemade Chocolate Pudding

pudding ingredients

Forgot to put salt in the picture, but make sure you add it to the pudding mixture.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Cocoa (1/4 – 1/2 cup depending on how chocolate-y you want your pudding. I used 1/2 cup. 🙂 )
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (Tara said the Argo brand is the best cornstarch to use, but use whatever you have on hand.)
  • 1 pinch of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 2 3/4 cups milk
  • Dash of vanilla (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • Pat of butter (about a tablespoon)

cookingpudding

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.

2. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly. (USE A WHISK!)

3. Pudding will thicken as it cooks. Serve warm or cold, as you would boxed pudding.

Tara suggested pouring the warm pudding over really good pound cake. When I served the pudding, I served it cold on the side of the pound cake with some homemade whipped cream. It was so delicious and a huge hit with the family. I also use this recipe when I make chocolate pudding pie.

That’s it! See, there is no reason to waste your money or consume artificial flavorings or colorings in your pudding every again. 🙂

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Tweetable: Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Book Review: A Fine Piece of Chocolate

_140_245_Book.1576Choc.coverFrom the Book Description

“Showing that love doesn’t have to be a four-letter word and that redemption is possible, this novel follows three women all involved in the universal search of finding love. Instead, they find lust, betrayal, compromise, and finally, redemption. Banks sends a powerful message through these characters, encouraging readers to know their values, love themselves, and never compromise what is near and dear to them.”

My Comments

When I was picking out a complementary book to read for the BookLook Blogger’s Review Program, I was given the option to pick a second e-book as well. There were three books to choose from but the other two books were historical fiction, and I am not a fan of historical fiction, so I choose A Fine Piece of Chocolate. However, I would have been better off not choosing any book at all. In fact, as much as I hate to be blunt, this sadly has to be the worst book I’ve read in a long time, if not ever.

Firstly, the book is poorly written and contains many grammatical errors – and I’m not talking about the occasional missed typo. It seriously needs some professional editing and proofreading.

Secondly, the book is confusing. It starts out as if it is a non-fiction book with the author giving advice and describing a couple of characters but then jumps into the story with no warning. For example, the book states, “Let us examine Arneatha’s character,” then a few sentences later it changes to a first person point of view of Arneatha talking, and then a few more sentences later the point of view changes to 3rd person from Kim’s perspective. Then the author (seemingly randomly) interjects her own advice, and to top it off, every so often discussion questions are thrown into the mix.

I think the author was trying to point out various scenarios and then give advice about how to (or how not to) act in certain situations. Unfortunately, it is not done effectively. The interjections feel more like unneccessary intrusions and come across as preachy and condescending. They take away from the story and makes the book choppy and difficult to read.

To make it worse, the stories themselves are boring. The characters themselves are relatable, to a point, but they are not well developed. If it were not for my commitment to read the book in full for the review, I would have abandoned the book before the first chapter was over.

Nevertheless, on a positive note, toward the end of the book there is a chapter called “Chocolateisms.” In this chapter, the author gives straight-out “nuggets of wisdom” in how to deal with difficult relationships. The way they are written come across as bossy or preachy, but they are definitely pieces of advice for single women that should be taken.

Unfortunately, I would not recommend this book at all, and give it one (1) star.

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (July 15, 2012)

Sunday Snippets

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Only two posts this week: Shared some thought-provoking articles and shared one of my favorite recipes, Chocolate Egg Cream Soda. 🙂

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Egg Cream Soda Recipe

Chocolate Egg Cream Soda

Yummy and frothy chocolate egg cream!

The other day I was look for a particular recipe on foodnetwork.com and accidentally came across this egg cream recipe. It brought back so many memories! I used to drink this all the time as a kid! You used to be able to buy them at almost all ice cream shops and diners but I haven’t seen them nor hand one in  years. They are so delicious and refreshing.

And, they are super easy to make.  Most versions call for only three ingredients: milk, chocolate syrup and club soda or seltzer.

Chocolate egg cream ingredients

Here’s my version of Chocolate Egg Cream Soda:

Ingredients:

1/3 cup milk

1 1/2 tablespoons of Hersey’s Special Dark Chocolate Syrup

Club soda

Directions:

1. Mix the milk and syrup as if you were making chocolate milk (with will be very dark and chocolate-y)

2. Carefully fill the rest of the glass with the club soda.

3. Stir gently and serve! Just like this:

Finished chocolate egg cream

FYI: Egg creams taste best cold, so make sure the milk, chocolate syrup and soda are very cold. Sometimes I even put my glass in the frig for a few minutes, too. 🙂

If you’ve never had an egg cream, do give this a try and then let me know if you enjoyed it or not in the comments!

7 Quick Takes: Random Edition

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Normally, I like to do “themed” 7 Quick takes. My brain naturally works in an organized, systematic  manner and I like focusing on one topic at a time. But this week, I couldn’t come up with a theme so I figured I’d give a whirl at being random. 🙂

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I’ve started my third online college course en route to getting my bachelors degree in English. This semester it’s chemistry. I found out that I have to take some general education courses that I didn’t take the first time I was in college. 🙁 I”m not thrilled that I have to take general courses, but it is what it is.

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And can I just say that I’m only a week into the course and it is HARD and a lot of work. I’ve never had a mathematical or science-y mind, so I was expecting it to be a challenge and this course is proving to live up to that expectation and more!

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Speaking of chemistry, if you have a simple way of explaining how to balance chemical equations let me know!

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The Lord has been putting this scripture in the forefront of my mind and heart. First I read it in the bible, then a friend called and shared the scripture with me, and then put it before me again yesterday. Its 1 Peter 1:6-8:

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials,so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.”

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Do these look freakin’ delicious or what?! Found these on Pinterest and I SO WANT to make these soon!

baked chocolate yummyness

Pinned from Judy Richey via http://www.bakedperfection.com/

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Yesterday I finished MONTHS of helping a friend edit her début love-inspired novel. Woot! It was a lot of work but very rewarding and I’m just as excited as the author for the book to come out! She is self-publishing the book and in the next step I’ll be helping her format the e-book for Amazon.

That’s it for this random edition of 7QT. 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cookies

chocolate cookiesThis fantastic chocolate recipe (with a hint of peanut butter!) can be found on page 23 in “Jiffy’s” recipe book. My son and I made these on Friday and so enjoyed them! They are perfect if you need a little chocolate fix. 🙂

Recipe: Quck and Easy Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 package “Jiffy” chocolate muffin mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and peanut butter together.
  2. Add the sugar and egg to the butter/peanut butter mixture and beat until creamy.
  3. Stir in muffin mix and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by tablespoons on ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 10-12 minutes.

Quick Notes

Check the cookies after 8 minutes. I have an electric oven, which may have baked them quicker, but 8 minutes was sufficient to bake them through.

Here’s a picture of Andrew enjoying some cookies. Trust me, they are quite good!

cookie fun

Other recipes you might like:

Peanut Butter Play dough

Peas and Macaroni

Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes