TWD #21 The proof is in the pudding

July 14, 2008 at 9:56 pm 38 comments

It’s Tuesday baby! … and this baker’s back in business!!

What does my subject line really mean?

My husband is Caucasian so he has all these crazy “white” sayings that his mom and grandmother have passed down to him. They make me do a double take and scratch my head. It took me a while to figure out “Six of one, half a dozen of the other”. Apparently it means same thing. Sure…? Whatever you say. cuckoo cuckoo. I usually just shorten it to “6 dozen eggs” and call it a day! LOL

Anywhoo… back to the topic at hand.

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie bakers answered our host, Melissa’s, challenge by baking up some chocolate pudding. Two words. Chocolate rocks.

What I learned this week:
Even though I like the challenge of complicated multi-step dessert recipes, sometimes its nice to have a recipe that doesn’t require alot of page turning to still be decadent.


(Recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s BFMHTY | photos from me!)

Makes 6 servings


whole milk (I used fat-free milk)
unsweetened cocoa powder
egg yolks
bittersweet chocolate, melted and still warm (I used 1/2 bittersweet & 1/2 semi-sweet)
unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature
vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS by pictures. (Reminds me of color by number. HAHA)

I forgot to take pics of the milk step. Oops. Basically you boil the milk and sugar together. Kinda boring. Maybe thats why I didn’t take a picture? hehe

Add hot milk/sugar mixture to food processor around this step. There are a couple more steps and then… (Don’t you love how exact I am?)


Husband rating: A+
He was skeptical b/c he’s a box pudding man born and raised but now he’s a Dorie pudding convert! He ate 3 of the 4 ramekin bowls!

Wifey rating: A/A+
I am not a huge pudding person but this was VERY good esp with some homemade whipped cream and a PHAT California strawberry! YUM!

You can find the complete recipe with instructions on Melissa’s blog, It’s Melissa Kitchen, or

Next week: Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler on page 415


Entry filed under: Tuesdays With Dorie.

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38 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rainbowbrown  |  July 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Ooh, with a big fat strawberry and whipped cream? Nice nice nice.

  • 2. steph (whisk/spoon)  |  July 14, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    looks delicious, especially with that swirly of whipped cream! i’m not sure what “the proof is in the pudding” means etiher, to tell the truth.

  • 3. Melissa  |  July 14, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    That strawberry works great! Glad this converted the husband!

  • 4. peabody  |  July 15, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Glad to see it scored well by all. Looks good.

  • 5. Jessica  |  July 15, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Looks delicious – glad the skim milk worked; it looks very rich and creamy.

  • 6. pamela  |  July 15, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Beautiful pictures. The strawberry looks like a luscious addition.

  • 7. Steph  |  July 15, 2008 at 5:20 am

    That’s a nice serving dish/cup. It looks beautiful served with whipped cream and strawberries!

  • 8. April  |  July 15, 2008 at 5:33 am

    It looks gorgeous!!

  • 9. Rebecca  |  July 15, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Wow, that’s a hot pudding pic. Totally cookbook-worthy,

  • 10. Jayne  |  July 15, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Fabulous photo of the pudding and whipped cream and the strawberry! Great job. And I don’t know what “the proof is in the pudding” means either.

  • 11. Tammie  |  July 15, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Just found your blog through TWD. I too loved that this recipe was fairly simple and so yummy! Love all your pics!

  • 12. April B  |  July 15, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Great photo, your pudding looks perfect!

  • 13. Ulrike aka ostwestwind  |  July 15, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I think this pudding converts everone into a pudding lover ;-)

  • 14. kim  |  July 15, 2008 at 8:20 am

    i am so with you on loving the simple-yet-decadent recipe ;) your pudding & pics look great!!

  • 15. Mara  |  July 15, 2008 at 8:22 am

    hah i got 3 of the same comments re: not being a pudding lover but THIS ONE was amazing…i am SO never using a boxed mix again (well for chocolate anyway, heee)…love your big strawberry and what white background did you use, tres chic!

  • 16. LyB  |  July 15, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Chocolate pudding with whipped cream and strawberries=heaven! :)

  • 17. Melissa  |  July 15, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Yummy! Chocolate.Strawberry.Whipped Cream. Wow, I’m sold.
    Gorgeous pics.

  • 18. Laura  |  July 15, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Wow your pudding looks gorgeous! I should have made home made whipped cream too, but it was late and I got lazy;)

  • 19. Mary Ann  |  July 15, 2008 at 9:40 am

    It looks great! fabulous job!

  • 20. Holly @ PheMOMenon  |  July 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I hear you. It is nice to have all this desserty goodness in an easy recipe on only one page! Your pudding looks fabulous!

  • 21. Jenny  |  July 15, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Very nice!

  • 22. amanda  |  July 15, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Your photos are fabulous. It’s good to hear that you guys enjoyed it!

  • 23. Teanna  |  July 15, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    That presentation is fabulous! It should be in a magazine!

  • 24. Susan  |  July 15, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    looks good – and you were able to take pics throughout…I SUCK. It was super chaos. Yours looks some kinda yummy.
    And I am Southern…we have all kinds of those phrases. Like “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.” (that means hopefully) and “a month of Sundays” (that means a really long time)
    You’ll catch on. Perhaps you would like to start a new blogging segment where I supply you with a new phrase each week?? hahaha :)

  • 25. CB  |  July 15, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    MARA, no, my photography skills lack backgrounds. I only have white! Its just plain old white posterboard. Tres inexpensive. HAHA.

    SUSAN, I can just see it now… So you think you’re white? segment on my blog. What can I say? I am obviously racial sensitive. LMAO

  • 26. Heather B  |  July 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    chocolate pudding, check. Whipped cream, check. Big juicy strawberry…check check check! Love it! Great job!

  • 27. Erin  |  July 15, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    ooh-that’s just too too pretty and perfect. Yum.

  • 28. lemontartlet  |  July 15, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Gah, hadn’t commented yet! This is what I was talking about. Your pudding is the lustable goodness, and the strawberry is the pin up girl flashing some under things and giggling. Even if you are easilly confused by perfectlly logical sayings.

  • 29. uglydudefood  |  July 15, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Love the step-by-step pics! Also, LOL’ed at the “white” sayings. My mom says that too, and believe me when I say there is nobody whiter in the world. :)

  • 30. nickki  |  July 16, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Yum, your pudding looks delicious! Went down a storm in my house too!

  • 31. Judy  |  July 16, 2008 at 4:10 am

    Your pudding looks great – love the dollop of whipped cream and the gorgeous strawberry.

  • 32. Karen  |  July 16, 2008 at 4:28 am

    l like the step by step pictures and “a couple more steps and then…” :P your pudding looks great.

  • 33. Sharon - Butcher, Baker......  |  July 16, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Love all the photo’s great looking presentation with the strawberry.

  • 34. Caitlin  |  July 16, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Bwahaha – a meme? I’m totally there for ya CB. Allow me to hop up on caffeine before I answer it though, k?

  • 35. Barbara  |  July 16, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Love your photos!

    There are all sorts of sayings like that in my family, too. Sometimes I wonder who came up with them all. Were there folks back in the old days who were “saying-makers?”

  • 36. Dolores  |  July 18, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Funny thing is it’s *my* title too, and I can’t really define what it means. Glad this recipe got straight A’s in your household too. :)

  • 37. Jules  |  July 20, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Looks very yummy. I like the strawberry.

  • 38. Jaime  |  July 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    great idea – it’s beautiful…. i did not have any pretty bowls to put this in – love your idea!


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