Day 13 - Something Sweet for your Valentine

Making a meal for your Valentine? Don’t forget sauerkraut for dessert! You really can get your daily forkful in something as decadent as a bite of chocolate pudding. Here’s a delicious recipe from Fresh & Fermented, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Photo Credit: Charity Burggraaf

Photo Credit: Charity Burggraaf

Sweet and Sauer Chocolate Pudding

Traditional chocolate pudding is utterly transformed by the addition of a little Classic Kraut. Once minced, the texture of the kraut disappears into the decadent pudding, but its lively, piquant flavor balances the chocolate’s intensity. Feel free to add more kraut if you like its effervescent flavor.

Makes 2 heaping cups of decadent pudding

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup half-and-half or light cream
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, or 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup Classic Kraut

Whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat. Slowly pour in the milk and half and half, whisking constantly until combined. Increase the heat to medium and cook, continuing to stir, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of pudding, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips and cook until the chocolate has melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the pudding cool. Take the kraut out of the jar with a clean fork, letting any extra brine drain back into it, and finely mince the kraut. Squeeze any excess brine from the kraut.
When the pudding has completely cooled, add the minced kraut and stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled.

*(c)2014 By Julie O’Brien and Richard Climenhage. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Fresh & Fermented: 85 Delicious Ways to Make Fermented Carrots, Kraut, and Kimchi Part of Every Meal by permission of Sasquatch Books.

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