Thursday, November 12

A Chocolate Stout Pudding Recipe for Adults Only

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Chocolate pudding. Is there a more quintessential kids' dessert? There's something about the cold, creamy texture and sweet, rich chocolate that invariably makes kids happy.

Why should something so deliciously comforting be just for kids? Adults need comfort too. After all, are kids worrying about their 401Ks tanking? The foreclosure crisis? The rising price of eggs? (Hey, eggs have gotten really expensive.)

As good as chocolate pudding is, it may not be enough to allay your concerns about your 401K. But beer will help with that. So I present today's cooking with beer recipe: Chocolate Stout Pudding. This adult-only chocolate stout pudding is dense, rich, and creamy. And, unlike a lot of desserts with beer, you can actually taste the Guinness stout in this pudding. It's subtle, but that distinctive smoky, chocolate-y flavor is detectable, and it's fabulous.

Chocolate Stout Pudding
Slightly adapted from an original on
I just added more chocolate and changed the cooking method from a double boiler to a saucepan. I tried it both ways, but the pudding wouldn't thicken with the double-boiler method.

Makes 3-4 servings
Print recipe only here.  

4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 pinches salt
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup stout beer, such as Guinness or a chocolate stout
4 ounces (1/2 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 6 ounces (3/4 cup))
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
freshly whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder, optional garnishes

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cornstarch, salt, and sugars. Add milk and heavy cream. Using a rubber spatula, stir until the cornstarch and sugars are dissolved. Add the beer. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Lower the heat. Continue stirring frequently until pudding begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove pudding from heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla extract and return to the stove top. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until thick, stirring several times. Remove from heat.

2. Pour pudding into 3-4 small dishes or 1 large one. Cover with Saran Wrap and refrigerate until chilled. If you'd like, top it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.

For more recipes with beer, check out my Dill and Beer Quick Bread and Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Smoked Bacon and Beer

Here are more desserts from Food Blogga that will make you feel like a kid again:
Hello Dolly Cookie BarsThe Best Ever Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Pumpkin Pie Pudding with Candied Pecans and Freshly Whipped Cream

Here are more boozy chocolate desserts you might like:
Spicy and Stout Irish Ginger Cake with Spiced Cream recipe at B More Sweet
Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting recipe at Pinch My Salt
Chocolate, Whiskey, and Beer Cupcakes recipe at Smitten Kitchen
Chocolate Sout Cake with Bailey's Cream Cheese Frosting recipe by Closet Cooking


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

This looks spectacular, Susan! And it should be perfect reward following the long, cold and rainy week we've had in my area.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Chocolate pudding is one of those desserts you have to make sure you get every last drop...nothing short of licking the bowl clean:D

Chibog in Chief said...

This is so fantastic!! and yes adults deserve a rich and heavenly chocolate dessert like this :-)

The Teacher Cooks said...

Wow chocolate and beer! This looks sinful. Yet another that I might get fired if I make it in class, but will make for my hubby who loves chocolate pudding. Thanks.

Debbie said...

What a terrific idea! I've made a chocolate stout cake but never a chocolate stout pudding...I still have a bottle left I know what to do with it!

Laurie said...

That looks like a fabulous cup of comfort! Love the recipe and eggs are free for me because I have chickens.

Scribbit said...

Wow, it's been a liquor week :)

Party at Food Bloggas!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I think I need some comforting. Pass the pudding, please!

Christine said...

My that looks delicious. Gorgeous photo! I may make this for my Guinness-loving husband.

Kara said...

Wow, could this get any better? Stout AND chocolate together?

Have you tried Brooklyn Brewery's beers (specifically their Black OPS)? Not sure if you can get them on the west coast but don't pass it up if you see it. YUM

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

There's something about Guinness and dessert that no one can turn down. My friend owns an Irish pub - I will pass this on to her for sure!

Lynda said...

Now this is a dessert I can enjoy: one-stop shopping if you ask me. Did you enjoy taste-testing to get the final recipe?

Susan from Food Blogga said...

xiaolu-Indeed! You deserve it.

val-Perfectly said. ;)

dhanggit-Yes, we do!

theteachercooks-He'll love you forever! :)

debbie-I prefer this to the cake. Hope you try it!

laurie-Free eggs?! You are lucky!

michelle-Ha! Yeah, I've taken this San Diego Beer Week thing to heart. ;)

lynn-Sure thing!

christine-He'll love this then!

kara-No, I haven't seen it, but I'll look into it. Thanks for the heads up!

michelle-Great idea! An Irish pub? That's a good friend to have. ;)

lynda-Oh, now, you know I did. ;)

kitchen tables said...

Beer and chocolate in one! This is going to be a very sinful meal! But it is worth a try! Sinful are sometimes the most tasty!

Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet said...

That sounds wonderful!

daphne said...

Beer in pudding-who could have thought? I can imagine rum or even baileys but Beer!! The bitter and sweet would have gone sooo soo well!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That pudding looks lush Susan. You have hit the spot for me!

Lisa Johnson said...

You are too funny! I'm all for using liquor in desserts too. ; )

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Sarah said...

Oh man, that looks SO amazing!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

kitchentables-Sinful as sinful can be!

kimi-It is!

daphne-It is great!

mm: mmmmm right back at ya!

jacqueline-It does hit the spot. Trust me!

sarah-Oh, thank you!