An Easy Chocolate Valentine’s Day Dessert– Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Today is Valentine’s Day.  In celebration of this romantic holiday, I made homemade chocolate pudding that we will have for dessert after a delicious home cooked meal.  It’s not fancy; it’s just good.

If you don’t like the sound of some of the ingredients that are listed on the packages of store-bought pudding, have no fear!  You will most certainly recognize each of the ingredients that go into this delicious, easy to make, creamy and chocolaty pudding.

I found this recipe at the Taste of Home

The only thing I changed? I omitted 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  And next time, I’d cut the sugar by 1/4 cup.  It is a tad bit to sweet in my opinion. 

I opted to serve the pudding individually so I used my mini glasses from Libbey Glass. I think these glasses make desserts look so much more fancy (even when they aren’t). 

This recipe makes a generous amount of pudding so I am planning on making homemade cream puffs and filling them with it.  Stay tuned…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m linking this post up at The Novice Garden’s Fiesta Friday #3.  If you get a minute, check out all of the other great posts that have been shared there this week.  And please join in!

Cream Puffs, You, and The Finger Lakes

cream puffs 070

Cream puffs are one of my most favorite desserts to make.  I first made them when I was fairly new to blogging.  This was long before anyone knew who The Joy of Caking was.  Let’s just say I wasn’t on the radar back then.  And while I still don’t have one of the most popular blogs out there, TJOC has come a long way. 

I’ve made some awesome friends, established some very loyal followers, and had the opportunity to work with some great companies that have great products.  I feel very fortunate, and hope my blog continues to grow.  What do you think my chances are of replacing Martha when she retires?

This batch of cream puffs is in honor of all of you.  Friends, followers, and great companies with great products. 

I have often thought of how awesome it would be to have a huge blogger fest here in the Finger Lakes.  And if that ever comes to be, I hope for all of you to attend.  You really would be wowed with a visit to to my neck of the woods.  Wineries galore, beautiful lakes and New York State Parks, quaint towns, antiques, art, museums, history, and food.  That’s what the Finger Lakes is all about.

cream puffs 044

Now, back to the cream puffs.  Don’t be scared of making them.  They are easy and delicious.  My suggestion; follow a recipe straight out of a dependable cookbook.  This batch was made from following a recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.  The ingredients are simple.  Water, butter or margarine, flour, and eggs.  That’s it! Baker’s note: I have had the best luck using margarine over butter.

Cream puffs can be filled with whipped cream, or in this case, I made a vanilla cream pudding from the same cookbook.  And on a scale of 1-10, the pudding was a 10. 

Have you ever visited the Finger Lakes, made cream puffs, or do you want to be the new Martha?

 

Sweet dreams are made of these

 

I have a weakness for collecting cookbooks, preferably vintage cookbooks, and when I recently picked this Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book up for a couple bucks at a local estate sale I was on cloud nine.  

 

I love shopping at flea markets, tag sales, auctions, etc.  I like the idea buying something that someone else might have once treasured, while saving some money in the process.  I found handwritten recipes on scraps of paper tucked in this book making me feel as if I had somehow inherited a piece of  their history.  One thing I can promise the prior owner of this book, I will treasure it, and use it often. 

If I don’t bake for awhile I get edgy.  It may sound odd to those who don’t like to bake, but to me it’s a way to exercise my creativity, while slipping away from all the other stresses in this world.  In my kitchen it’s just me, my ingredients, and sometimes our watchful dog. 

 

After scouring through two of my cookbooks I came up with todays baking project – Cream Puffs with a blueberry whipped cream filling. 

Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook

 

Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book

 

I followed the Choux paste recipe to the letter, but adapted the fruit filled cream recipe.
 

 

 

 

For the filling, I whipped heavy cream and folded in a thick homemade blueberry sauce.  The results are sweet! 

 

I piped the filling into small holes in the cream puffs so I didn’t have to cut them.  I used my Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator.  It worked like a charm. 

I have to say I feel relaxed after baking, but I bet I’ll feel even better when it’s time for dessert!