When my son got home from Ireland he was excited to share with us the gifts that he brought and a few of the little mementos he had from his time away, but the thing I think he was most thrilled to tell us about was the airplane food.
I know what you’re thinking. That he was going to describe how gross it was. That’s what I thought too. Until he pulled out the cutest little jars with a fun little label and stated, “You HAVE to try this!”
Apparently the dessert aboard his flight was out of this world and the lovely flight attendants kept bestowing them upon his little wobbly tray. They brought so many that he couldn’t finish them all, but also decided that he really wanted to share.
I didn’t get what all of the fuss was about until I tried it. Hello – mouth watering good!
I instantly googled the company and discovered why this little chocolate pudding delight was so amazing. These little cups of goodness were created by outstanding Chef’s from Britain. Also, when you buy them in the store they come in the cutest little reusable ceramic pots! Score!
Ours were just mini versions and I learned there was no way I was going to find them for purchase around these parts so I set out to find the perfect recipe to make my own!
Here’s what you need:
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 4 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate, melted (I used semi – next time, milk!)
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
- 1 orange (for juice and zest)
I combined a few of the recipes that I found online and while it’s not quite the same, obviously i’m not a world famous chef – I did discover an amazing new dessert option to add into our repertoire!
You know when you have company for dinner and nobody needs a big dessert because you’re all stuffed but you still want a little taste of sweet? That’s what this is perfect for. Because you don’t need a lot to satisfy your chocolate craving or your sweet tooth.
Combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a pot and mix in the eggs, egg yolks and milk slowly.
Heat the mixture until it gets all good and bubbly and then stir in the chocolates. Keep mixing and stirring over medium heat until it starts to boil. Turn your heat down and continue stirring for two minutes.
Once it’s good and thick remove it from the heat and stir in the butter, the vanilla, orange extract, the juice of one orange and the zest from about 3/4 of the orange. Set the other quarter aside to add into the whip cream you’ll plop on top. Orange whip cream? You’ll be glad you did!
Pour into teeny tiny containers because that’s all you’ll need of this decadence and top with whip cream (complete with remaining orange zest!)
What you’ll have is a scrumptious taste of heaven. Or at least pretty close to what we can get of it from here.
*main recipe inspiration here