Chocolate Chai Pudding
Chocolate Chai Pudding is a delightful and indulgent dessert that combines the rich flavors of chocolate with the aromatic spices of chai. This creamy and luscious pudding is the perfect treat for any chocolate lover. Whether you are hosting a dinner party or simply craving a sweet treat, this recipe is sure to impress. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can create a decadent dessert that will leave everyone wanting more.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons chai tea leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
Step 1: Infuse the Milk
In a saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, cocoa powder, chai tea leaves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to simmer, stirring occasionally. Once it simmers, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes to infuse the flavors.
Step 2: Strain the Mixture
After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan to remove the chai tea leaves and any lumps. Press down on the tea leaves with a spoon to extract as much flavor as possible.
Step 3: Thicken the Pudding
In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold milk until smooth. Gradually pour the cornstarch mixture into the infused milk while whisking constantly. Return the saucepan to medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
Step 4: Add the Chocolate
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Stir until the chocolate chips have melted completely and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Step 5: Chill and Serve
Transfer the pudding to individual serving dishes or a large bowl. Cover the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the pudding is chilled and set.
When ready to serve, garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired. The Chocolate Chai Pudding can be enjoyed on its own or paired with your favorite cookies or biscuits.
This recipe serves 4-6 people, making it perfect for a small gathering or a cozy night in. The combination of chocolate and chai creates a unique and irresistible flavor that will leave your taste buds craving more. So, why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious and comforting dessert with this easy-to-follow recipe?