Wednesday, February 13, 2008
What's Cooking Wednesday: Jen's Chocolate Custard
So... in honor of Valentine's Day, I give you my favorite chocolate dessert. Well, almost my favorite, because there are probably more sublime recipes out there, but I love this dessert because it's not going to break the bank in terms of fat or calories, but it is pure dark, rich chocolate with a hint of something beyond.
My whole family loves this.
Another nice thing about it is that it's incredibly easy. The last bonus is that you can flavor it in a myriad of ways.
With no further adieu, my Valentine's gift to you, dear readers:
Jen's Chocolate Custard
2 cups nonfat milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
2 TBS corn starch
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp rum or liqueur or 1 tsp cinnamon (optional and to taste - I used Grand Marnier for this version)
1. Whisk together nonfat milk with cocoa powder, sugar and cornstarch and heat over medium high heat until it comes to a boil and thickens. Whisk often during this process.
2. Take custard off the burner when it comes to a boil.
3. Beat together egg and egg whites. Pour about 1/4 cup of the custard mixture into the eggs and whisk thoroughly to temper the eggs.
4. Pour egg mixture into the rest of the custard. Set back on burner on low heat. Cook 2 - 3 minutes until custard has thickened. Don't let this come to a boil.
5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and whatever other flavoring you've chosen to use.
6. Chill at least 2 hours before serving or serve warm! (It's sweeter served warm and more intensely chocolate served cold)
Number of Servings: 4
As always, nutrition information supplied by the recipe calculator at sparkrecipes.com. And please go to Shan's place for more What's Cooking Wednesday participants.