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EARTH DAY - Potted Mint Chocolate Puddings

EARTH DAY - Potted Mint Chocolate Puddings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 10 chocolate wafer cookies
  • Garnish: mint sprigs

Directions:

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Combine cream, milk, and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup.

Pour 1 cup cream mixture into sugar mixture, and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Add remaining cream mixture, and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add chocolate. Whisk until chocolate melts, about 1 minute.Remove from heat. Add mint extract and butter, and whisk until butter melts. Quickly divide pudding, whisking as you work to prevent sides from setting up, among eight 4-ounce glasses, leaving about 1/2 inch of space at the top of each. Refrigerate until set, about 1 1/2 hours.

Just before serving, pulse cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Top each pudding with 1 tablespoon ground-cookie "dirt," and garnish with a planted mint sprig. Serve chilled.

Recipe adapted from www.handletheheat.com