My secret tip for a silky-smooth pudding: Old-Fashioned Chocolate Pudding
I had this pudding for dessert at lunch about twenty years ago and never forgot it. The lunch was at a restaurant called “An American Place” in New York City, owned by Larry Forgione. His cookbook, by the same name, had just been published and I bought a copy that day at the restaurant. The chef signed my book with this: “Celebrating the flavors of America”, which pretty much describes the concept of the restaurant. All of the food was good but I was focused on the desserts like this chocolate pudding. Later, when I opened the book, I went directly to the chapter titled simply “Old-Fashioned Desserts”. I felt extremely lucky when I discovered that the recipe for Old-Fashioned Double Chocolate Pudding was included. But there was more: Blackberry and Apple Crisp, Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake (since it’s strawberry season, this will be my next post). Apple Pandowdy, and Granny’s Chocolate Cake, just to name a few. I’ve made a lot of fancy desserts in my career, but these truly old-fashioned desserts really grab me, right in the heart, and just beg me to make them. Guess I’m just an old-fashioned girl.