Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie Pudding

by Michelle on March 24, 2011

Some of you might not know this but my husband is a diabetic and he has to watch his sugar intact very carefully. Most of the photos on my blog are of my plate with my helpings of food. Mr. Tastebuds plate is also very appealing but just a little bit different. For instance if I make a rice dish, I make white rice for me and Mr. Tastebuds is served brown rice and a much smaller helping!

I’ve tried the sugar substitutes in my baked goods and although they taste okay, anything I bake seems to become stale very quickly. Well actually to be more precise, the next day it is rock hard. But one thing I’ve found that I can make with a sugar substitute and there is absolutely no difference in taste, texture or shelf life is pudding. And since we are a pudding loving family I do tend to make it quite often. And lately I’ve been making Nut Puddings and Mr. Tastebuds just loves them!

I thought my favorite nut pudding was my Pistachio Pudding with Fresh Raspberries but there is just something about the pairing of Hazelnuts and Chocolate that can not be beat!

Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie Pudding
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

4 cups milk See ***Note
1/3 cup sugar (I used a sugar substitute)
3 TBL corn starch
2 1/2 TBL cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
1 cup chocolate chips (I used 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 c milk chocolate chips)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup crushed hazelnuts (make sure you crush the nuts so there’s large and small pieces. And save some for garnish)

Topping: Whipped cream and diced fresh strawberries

***Note: For a creamier pudding use 3 cups milk and 1 cup cream

1. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan whisk together, milk, eggs, sugar, corn starch, cocoa powder and salt.
2. Turn the burner to medium and heat. As the pudding thickens it can scorch easily, so it’s important to stir frequently.
3. As soon as first boiling bubble appears, add the chocolate chips and gently stir until completely melted. Pudding should be thick and luscious.
4. Remove from heat and let the pudding rest for 5 minutes.
5. Stir in the vanilla and crushed nuts.
6. Ladle into dessert dishes and as soon as the pudding has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate.
7. Garnish with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and crushed hazelnuts. Serve.

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Love these! They look so decadent.

  • Amanda March 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

    This looks amazing! I found your blog through StumbleUpon today and was drawn in my this delicious post! I will definitely try this recipe out!

  • torviewtoronto March 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    this looks delicious lovely presentation

  • inma April 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

    AmAZING!!! the best place i ever seen about cooking, great recepies and quality in presentation as effective look on the blog, congrats!! from now and on i’m a big fun of you Michelle, good work!

    About me, i’m animator-designer, filmmaker who loves cooking đŸ˜‰ especially desserts ;D

  • christi April 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I too found you thru StumbleUpon today and this looks wonderful Always looking to lower the sugar w/o sacrificing taste! What sugar substitute do you use? Just got a recommendation on Zsweet from Whole foods. Anyone familiar w/that?
    I design jeweled Botanical sticks. They take the place of the wooden support stick in orchids & plants.
    thanks so much!

    • Michelle April 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

      I answered Christi via email but will post my response here in case anyone else has the same question.

      Never heard of Zsweet but I don’t shop at Wholefoods very often. Presently I’m using Nevella which I picked up at Sams. But I buy what is on sale because the sugar substitutes are so darn expensive.

      I will look into Zsweet and give it a taste test. I’ve tried sugar substitutes in my baked goods and was not happy with the results. Although the final product tastes just fine, it was totally stale and rock hard by the next day.

      Michelle

  • Kati April 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    These look so delicious! Love how decadent they look. ~Kati

  • GirlNamedJames April 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Your photos are just as tempting as the recipe. I will enjoy following your blog.

  • Carolle April 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This is my first time stumbling and I can tell you that I got spoiled by you! Your page is amazing! Two thumbs up! I will most definitely try some of your recipes Keep up the good work!

  • Lola April 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Your photos make these recipes jump off the screen …Great JOB !!!!

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