While searching for a chocolate dessert recipe for the holidays, this one caught my eye.  I had never thought of making homemade pudding before...how good could pudding be?  Would it be worth the effort?

In a word, yes.  In several words, OH MY GOD yes.

JD and his mom are not fans of dark chocolate, so I was the only one partaking on Christmas Day.  I took one spoonful and nearly lost my mind.  JD and his mom started looking at me strangely, until finally JD asked if they should leave the room so I could be alone with the pudding.  Ha ha.  Maybe.

Seriously, this is so rich, so creamy, so smooth, it is pure sin in a bowl.

Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding
adapted from MyRecipes.com

4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Ghiradelli)

And for the whipped cream:
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with the sugar and salt and beat until well blended.

Heat milk and 1 cup heavy cream in medium saucepan over medium heat until hot.

Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly.  Again, make sure you do this gradually, and keep whisking!  You don't want the yolks to scramble on you.

Pour mixture back into saucepan, and heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.  I used a heat-proof silicone spatula.  Cook until thickened and coats the back of a spoon and reaches around 180 degrees.  The recipe says this should take 5 minutes, but for me tThis took me about 10 minutes.

Remove saucepan from heat and add chopped chocolate.  Let sit for 10 minutes to let the chocolate melt.

Whisk mixture until smooth.  Pour into bowl and put a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding so you don't get pudding skin...ewwww.  Chill at least 3 hours.

When ready to serve, make the whipped cream:

Beat 1/2 cup heavy cream with 2 teaspoons sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.  Serve with the pudding.

This turned out thicker than most pudding I am used to...don't know if that's how homemade pudding is, or if maybe I cooked it too long.  Didn't matter.  I'll make this again in a heartbeat.