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Chocolate pudding is made more festive with the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Basic chocolate pudding has only a few ingredients, generally milk, cocoa powder, butter, flour, and sugar. Since there are only a few ingredients, its important to use good quality ones, since low quality or stale ingredients will greatly impact the flavour.

Since there are only a few ingredients, today I decided to add some different flavourings to make my basic chocolate pudding recipe a little more exciting, and festive.

Using nutmeg, cinnamon, and almond extract, I transformed a basic dessert into something a tiny bit more showy.

Time to Make: 30-45 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • approx 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • approx 1/4 tsp cinnamon

What to Do:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients (cocoa powder, sugar, and flour) in a saucepan.
  2. On low heat, slowly add the milk.
  3. Stir almost constantly on low heat – this is important. If you only stir it infrequently, or cook it on too high of a heat, your milk and sugar will both be burnt and it will not be pleasant.
  4. If you burn a bit on the bottom of the pan, take care not to scrape it off with the spoon as you stir. This will spread the burnt taste around and ruin your pudding.
  5. Gradually, the pudding will thicken. This should take 30-45 minutes, depending on the heat and any modifications you’ve made to the pudding. When its consistency changes from that of milk to that of melted ice cream, you know you are ready for the next step.
  6. Add the butter, almond extract, and spices. Continue stirring it until the butter has melted and is well combined.
  7. Remove from the heat, and pour into a dish. Choose a size that lets the pudding spread to a few centimetres (or a couple of  inches) deep, so that it sets faster. Refrigerate until the pudding sets.

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