Double-Chocolate Pudding

This recipe from the late, great cookbook author Richard Sax has everything one could ask for in a chocolate pudding—an intense flavor and a silky texture that's still firm enough to stand a spoon in. For the best possible pudding, use top-quality cocoa powder and chocolate.

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 6
  • Time(Other): Plus cooling


  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lightly whipped cream, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of the milk with 1/4 cup of the sugar and the salt and bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the unsweetened cocoa powder and the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until blended. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk and whisk until smooth. Whisk this mixture into the hot milk in the saucepan and bring to a boil over moderate heat, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer, whisking constantly, until the pudding is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the whole egg with the egg yolks. Gradually whisk about 1 cup of the hot cocoa pudding into the eggs until thoroughly incorporated, then scrape the pudding back into the saucepan. Cook the pudding over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until it just comes to boil, about 2 minutes.

  4. Strain the pudding into a medium heatproof bowl. Add the chopped chocolate, butter and vanilla and whisk until the chocolate and butter are melted and incorporated and the pudding is smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer the pudding to six 6-ounce ramekins and refrigerate until chilled. (If you're not in a hurry, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding in the bowl and refrigerate.) Serve with lightly whipped cream.

Make Ahead

The chocolate pudding can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published February 2012

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 1869

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Nicholas Dykes

Review Body: Came out great. I added a shot of Bourbon with the vanilla and used chocolate chips rather than chopped chocolate

Date Published: 2017-02-24

Author Name: mekanem1

Review Body: How many cups does this recipe make? I understand the serving size is 6 but for example I want to make this recipe and I need 8 cups of pudding, would I have to double it or would this one recipe be enough?

Date Published: 2016-12-17

Author Name: Tina Buchan

Review Body: Did 4 oz of semi sweet chocolate - not 5. The flavor and thickness is excellent. Easy recipe.

Date Published: 2017-04-12

Author Name: Chocolatelover

Review Body: Way too much chocolate with 3 T of cocoa powder and 5 oz chocolate!  I kept adding sugar, milk, corn starch and another egg yolk until it was palatable.

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2017-01-24