Friday, November 4, 2011

50 Women Game Changers in Food # 22

This week we honor Amanda Hesser, # 22 on the 50 Women Game Changers in Food list. I have been a fan of the blog co-founded by Amanda, FOOD52, for a while now.  It is a one stop smorgasbord of food news, recipes, shopping, articles about upcoming new chefs, and they even have a hotline in case you have any questions about one of their recipes.  She has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times (from 1997 through February of this year), and is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker.  She has written several books among them The Essential New York Times Cookbook, and the recently published The Food 52 Cookbook.

My kids influenced this week's pick, Chocolate Pudding, it is truly a chocoholic's dream.

Chocolate Pudding courtesy of Amanda Hesser

Serves 3 to 4

2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces 66% cacao dark chocolate, chopped
Unsweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Put the egg yolks and tapioca flour in a blender and blend on low speed until a light-colored paste forms.

Combine the sugar, cream, milk, salt, and vanilla in a saucepan set over medium heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove it from the heat.  Turn the blender containing the egg and tapioca mixture back on low.  Quickly and carefully, pour the hot milk mixture into the blender and increase the speed to medium.  The heat will cook the egg yolks and allow the tapioca to thicken to the consistency of thick mayonnaise. 

With the blender running add the chocolate in stages so it is emulsified into the pudding.  When all the chocolate is added, strain the pudding into a serving bowl (or 3 to 4 serving bowls) and let it cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator to cool completely.  Top with whipped cream if you like.  


For other great recipes by Amanda Hesser, please visit the rest of our group:

Veronica - My Catholic Kitchen


Mary Bergfeld said... Best Blogger Tips

These look so good that you have me craving pudding:-). This was a terrific choice to highlight her recipes. It is easy and delicious and it appeals to almost everyone. I'm so glad you joined us today. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Heather S-G said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, my kids would be so happy if I made this for them...they're all chocolate pudding LOVERS! Great pick :D

Susan Lindquist said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmmm! When I was a kid, chocolate pudding was one of my favorite cozy desserts! My brother and I always loved trying to peel the skin off the top of the pudding in one glorious piece!

Yum! Thanks for this food memory! That pudding looks wonderful!