Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

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Matt and I are neither milk drinkers nor cereal eaters. We don’t even put milk in our coffee. (He prefers half-and-half while I find that chocolate soymilk disguises the coffee-ness of coffee just enough to make it barely tolerable). Thus, as you can imagine, we don’t ever purchase a carton of milk unless some is needed for something I’m cooking or baking.

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So a few weeks ago, when I somehow managed to misread my own grocery list, and bought an entire gallon of organic milk from grass-fed cows because I needed, oh, half a cup of milk for something, well, that leaves quite a bit of extra milk that nobody’s drinking, now doesn’t it.

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And since that milk was so high-quality, I really couldn’t stand the thought of throwing it out. Yet, there was so much of it. What to do… I began searching my arsenal for recipes that called for a lot of milk and stumbled upon this pudding that I’d pinned several weeks ago. 4 cups. That’s quite a bit. Pretty helpful in my quest to use up good milk before it spoils.

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This pudding was so yum! Chocolate and peanut butter is such a wonderful combination, we go crazy over it in my house. And this pudding is made completely from scratch, so you know there are no nasty chemicals in there. Homemade pudding is delightfully easy to prepare and deliciously fun to eat.

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So if you and/or yours go bonkers over anything chocolate-peanut butter, then you’ve got to make this one. So good!!

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Source: Joy the Baker

Ingredients:
PEANUT BUTTER PUDDING:
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
CHOCOLATE PUDDING:
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
WHIPPED CREAM:
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons powered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
PEANUT BUTTER PUDDING:
In a medium saucepan whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk just to combine.  It’s ok if the mixture is just a bit lumpy. Add the milk and heavy cream and whisk.  Turn the flame on to medium heat.  Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking occasionally along the way.  Be sure to whisk in the rounded corners of the pan so that pudding doesn’t burn.
Once the peanut butter pudding comes to a simmer, whisk constantly at a simmer for 1 minute.  Mixture should thicken but still remain a bit loose.  Remove from the heat and add peanut butter and vanilla extract.  Quickly whisk and pudding will thicken substantially. Divide warm pudding between six glasses.  Store uncovered in the refrigerator while you make the chocolate pudding.
CHOCOLATE PUDDING: in a (clean and dry) medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt.  It’s okay if there are a few brown sugar lumps remaining.  Add milk and cream and whisk to incorporate.  Turn the flame on to medium heat.  Bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally along the way.  Be sure to whisk in the rounded corners of the pan so the pudding doesn’t burn.
Once the chocolate pudding comes to a simmer, whisk constantly at a simmer for 1 minute.  Mixture should thicken but still remain a bit loose.  Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate and vanilla extract.  Stir until the chocolate is melted and pudding is thickened.
Spoon the pudding atop the peanut butter pudding.  Cover each pudding cup with plastic wrap so that the plastic wrap touches the top of the chocolate pudding.  Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.  This recipe can be made a day in advance.
WHIPPED CREAM:
When ready to serve, whip heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract into soft peaks.  Top each pudding with whipped cream and serve.

4 responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

  1. Julie,
    We love the combo of chocolate and PB here, and this pudding looks like such a wholesome way to get that great flavor. I really like the side view, so I can see the different layers.

    Thanks!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thank you! Yeah, we’re crazy about anything chocolate peanut butter too. It’s just so delicious!

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