New Zealand Pudding: You know, pudding not just any desert..

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In New Zealand, every desert if affectionately called “pudding” – be it cake, ice cream, pie or even pudding. So, when we were invited to dinner to a friends home in New Zealand and I asked what to bring? Pudding. Really? I never made real pudding. And to be honest, this isn’t what Bill Crosby wants to hear, I’m not a fan of instant pudding. I think it takes fake and gloppy. And that skin that forms on top is just nasty. But, we were guests, and so I brought the pudding! And everyone laughed when I thought when you say, “Pudding” it meant bring “pudding”… not just ANY desert.

This is BEST eaten HOT. (And then, no “skin”!)

The pictures are of the view & our pool of our house we rented when we lived in Christchurch, New Zealand. And I’ll soon post the “Pudding for Grown-ups”, that one is perfect for guest. Until then, try this simple 5 ingredients/ 5 minutes:


Kiwi-land Chocolate Pudding

serves 2-3

2 ¼ cup milk at room temperature, anything from 2% to whole milk is fine
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, I like Dark Ghirardelli
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the corn starch and cocoa powder in a bowl. Pour approximately half the room temperature milk into the bowl. Using a fork or small whisk, whisk well till the corn starch and cocoa powder dissolve into the milk and form a slurry. Try to break up any lumps, but if some lumps are remaining, that’s ok. Set the slurry aside.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the other half of the milk. Cook on medium heat till the milk gets hot and steamy, but not yet boiling – about 2 minutes.

Using a whisk, whisk the pudding so everything is well blended. Keep whisking till the pudding boils. Let it boil, while whisking, till the pudding thickens and gets glossy, about 1 minute.

Pour the hot pudding into the 2 or 3 wet cups (prevents sticking to sides of cup), dividing it equally.

Our House in Sumner, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
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Just above our home in Sumner, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand