Creamy and rich, this is the best chocolate pudding recipe we know.
Yield: serves 6
1⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1⁄8 tsp. salt
1 3⁄4 cups whole milk
1⁄4 cup heavy cream
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. dark rum
Whisk sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a 2-qt. saucepan. Slowly add milk and cream, whisking constantly; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, while whisking, until thickened and beginning to bubble at edges, 12-15 minutes. Add chocolate, and stir until smooth, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and rum. Divide between six 4-oz. ramekins, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until set, about 1 1⁄2 hours.