I have made the chocolate soup many, many ways all these years. And it's almost always good. But from that day forward, if you come to my house for dinner, and I decide that the chocolate pudding can be a nice finish to the meal, this is the recipe I will use.
It is from a fantastic, illustrated cookbook of French children published by Random House in 1966, La Patisserie is a Jeu d 'Enfants, with text and drawings by Michel Oliver. The pudding has tightened me completely away, in the best possible way.
French or American chocolate spoon
This is not like a typical one American the chocolate pudding, does not have milk, cocoa powder or corn starch – which makes sense because it comes from a French book. This is more than a deep, concentrated, dark chocolate mousse, although if you are accustomed to the chocolate mousse that has whipped cream, it is different than that too.
The key here is good chocolate, then a soft touch bringing a short list of common ingredients together, and the piece of patience required to let the pudding cool and set. This last part makes all the difference. The refrigerator time allows the pudding to be placed in the densest dark chocolate cloud you can imagine, the consistency of the beating with the blow.
Choosing the right chocolate
I will note on the recipe below, but you will want to use good quality chocolate in the range of 60-80% – semi-sweet to bittersweet. In addition to chocolate, add just a little water and butter, a sugar spraying and two eggs, so do not wipe the quality of the ingredients here, there really is no place to hide.
As you can see above here, the book itself is incredibly charming. The version I have exchanged French and English pages, so you will have a page in French, then the same page in English. The French title for this recipe is "Glissade" which has been translated into the English page below in Slippery Pudding Chocolate – which made me smile. Keep your eyes peeled, you can find copies La Patisserie is a Jeu d 'Enfants (The production of French desserts and pastries is a game of children) here and there if you look.