valentine's day would be much better if we were all on tropical islands.
romance would be a lot easier to get into on a sunset boat ride, 2 margaritas deep.
but this is realistic valentine's day.. it's tuesday.
and tuesdays can get boring and tough.
resume writing is a bummer.
favorite socks go missing.
my leg hurts.
but the things we love make all that junk worth it.
and any day can be made more romantic with pudding dammit.
this valentine of mine is a good one. he takes me to french bakeries fully knowing that once we step in the door, i will transform into Crazy.
he doesn't act disgusted when i eat every macaron in the box,
and then he rubs my back when i feel sick from eating every. macaron. in. the. box.
he deserves pudding.
special malted chocolate pudding.
does this interest you, sir?
does the mere mention of malt make you want to skip to work today? ..kinda.
i have a grand idea! today, you take the time to make some pudding. making pudding is a definite love gesture.
present your pudding to someone you love tomorrow..boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, friend, dentist, pet, whoever!
show up with a darling cup of pudding in your hands, and they will jump into your arms and love you even more and surely not care that you don't have expensive jewels for them. they won't.
unless they are rude.
Malted Chocolate Pudding
*it's super important to splurge and use good quality cocoa powder in this recipe, i use Valrhona
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup malted milk powder
2 1/2 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks
2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
set a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl and set aside.
in a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, cocoa powder, and malted milk powder. carefully whisk in milk, a bit at a time, making sure to dissolve the cornstarch. add the egg yolks and whisk well to combine.
set pan over medium heat and whisk constantly. cook until it thickens and the first large bubble forms and breaks the surface. reduce heat to low and continue to whisk for 1 more minute. the pudding should be thick and generously coat the back of a spoon.
remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter. pour through the fine mesh sieve. place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
chill for 3 hours, and up to 3 days.
top with lightly whipped cream and whoppers for extra happiness.