Chocolate-Mint Pudding

Chocolate-Mint Pudding Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Fresh mint leaves steep in fat-free milk to impart the herb's essence; the taste is much better than that of mint extract. Unless milk is stabilized with a thickener such as flour or cornstarch, it will "break," or curdle, when it becomes too hot; that's why it's important to go no higher than 180 degrees at the beginning of step one.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 227
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 6.4 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 6.7 g
Carbohydrate 39.4 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 105 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 106 mg
Calcium 173 mg

Ingredients

3 cups fat-free milk
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves (about 1/2 ounce)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Mint sprigs (optional)

Preparation

Heat milk over medium-high heat in a small, heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat; add mint. Let stand 15 minutes; strain milk mixture through a sieve into a bowl, reserving milk. Discard solids. Return milk to pan; stir in sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. Return pan to medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk until mixture thickens.

Place egg yolks in a medium bowl; gradually add half of hot milk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add egg mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until thick. Remove from heat; add vanilla and chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Pour pudding into a bowl; cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Chill. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

Note:

David Bonom,

May 2007
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