New Year's Chocolate Pudding

Nothing like starting the New Year with a little decadent comfort food.

It's a mild Montreal morning. From my window, I see the snow reflected in the puddles in the street. And then there's silence, the absolute best part. It couldn't be a finer day to make chocolate pudding from scratch and eat it while it's still warm. This recipe brings back some childhood memories and is a huge hit with my kids.

Don't worry, there are only 194 calories in the quarter cup of sugar required, and it will be split among four servings, six servings if you're going to be a goodie goodie.

The entire recipe takes 10 minutes. Exact calorie count - if you divide it into four servings 157 calories, and if you divide it into six servings, 97 calories.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

You'll need a saucepan and a whisk.

4 tablespoons of cocoa, 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 3/4 cups of milk,
1 tsp vanilla and 1 tbsp of butter.

1. Mix the cocoa, cornstarch and sugar in the saucepan.
2. Put saucepan on medium heat and add the milk to the mixture while continuously stirring.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil so that it thickens. Then remove from heat.
4. Stir in the butter and vanilla.

Serve it hot or cold. I prefer it hot in the winter. You'll see why.

Happy New Year! I have so many plans for 2012, and obviously, dieting isn't one of them.


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