Friday, January 21, 2011

Oh Sweet Pudding

I haven't given you any recipes for sweet things yet. That's because I'm still learning, years later, how to make sweet things I can eat. Sometimes it seems like a lot of trouble. I'd rather just have a square of dark chocolate than figure out how to make a successful cupcake that's sugar free and, I admit, I'd want it to be whole wheat too (am I asking for too much?). When I find cookbooks like this, I rejoice. However, sometimes I don't have all those ingredients on hand. When that happens I usually go for something simple, like pudding.

    Today I spent the afternoon with my mom. If we are together for more than a few hours, chocolate is bound to appear. And, like normal, by the afternoon the mixer was whirling. We enjoyed a simple chocolate cheesecake pudding that is easy to make and so decadent. The recipe is from my Aunt Dawn and I don't know where she got it. But it's genius. And so are these photographs, taken by my sister Cate. I only wish I had half her talent.

Cate Photography

Isn't my mother beautiful?

Cate Photography


Cate Photography


Chocolate Cheesecake Pudding:

1 8-ounce package cream cheese
2 ounces (2 squares) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup splenda, stevia or agave nectar or to taste (or sugar)

Beat cream cheese in mixer until smooth. Melt the chocolate on the stove and add the sweetener and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture to the cream cheese and mix. Fold in whipped cream. Serve in a cute little dish with a dollop of whipped cream.

Variations: Leave out the chocolate for a vanilla pudding. To vanilla pudding add cinnamon, chocolate shavings, grated lemon peel or whatever else you fancy.

Cate Photography

Cate Photography

Cate Photography


Cate Photography

Cheers to chocolate.

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