Grandma Mary’s chocolate pudding

Chocolate pudding

This chilled, blancmange-like dish is one that my Grandma used to make for us as a special treat when we would go to their house in the country for school holidays. We would wolf it down and come back for more, so while it’s full of sugar and cocoa, it comes highly recommended for when you need something a little special to feed the kids.

500ml milk
2 level tablespoons of sugar
2 heaped tablespoons of corn flour (corn starch)
1.5 tablespoons of cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
Shredded coconut

Place sugar in saucepan with almost all the milk, leaving just a little in the jug to make into a paste.

To this remaining milk, mix in corn flour (corn starch) and cocoa and stir to make a thick paste. Set aside. This is a great step to involve kids in, even little ones.
Bring the milk and the sugar in the saucepan almost to a boil. It should look kind of ‘fluffy’.

Pour hot milk and sugar into the measuring jug and stir into the paste.

Return to the whole lot to the saucepan. Stir gently and bring to the boil.

Take off heat and and stir in the vanilla.

Wet a pretty bowl (grandma used a cut-glass desert dish) with a little water and then let it drain quickly. Pour in pudding mixture and sprinkle liberally with the shredded coconut.

Chocolate dessert

Chill in the refrigerator for several hours (all day is good) until set.

Serve with cream, ice-cream, stewed fruit, wafer biscuits or just on it’s own.

11 Responses to “Grandma Mary’s chocolate pudding”

  1. Ellen

    This reminds me of YOGO… Another chocolatie treat I was occasionally allowed. Yummy.

  2. Rebecca

    Looks excellent – I think it’s the same pudding that my mom makes. The coconut – which I am very allergic to – seems like a very Australian thing. Is it?

  3. amy

    Sounds delicious and really anything with “Grandma Mary’s” in the title has to be good! (I have my own Grandma Mary and my mom is a Grandma Mary too.)

  4. paula

    I’m making this for my kids today, I know they are going to love it.

  5. Penni

    Squishy spoonfuls of chocolate-flavoured nostalgia. It reminds me of something my mum used to make with carnation milk and jelly crystals (and serve in a cut glass bowl).

  6. Teresa

    Thanks for this – I made this yesterday morning with the kids – they loved helping pour in the ingredients and looked forward to it all day – verdict – yum.

    What I esp. like about the recipe is that the ingredients are ones you’ll nearly always have to hand – so it’s a great spur of the moment recipe and sooo simple. I used a similar cut glass dish that is very nostalgic as the sort of thing mum and grandma would have used. I spent the whole day trying to teach my 4 year old boy how to pronounce ‘blancmange’. Will ceraintly add the recipe to my recipe collection book.

  7. surfingfree

    Thanks! I made it this morning – its currently in the fridge cooling and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will set.
    Do you think you could replace the coco powder with strawberry Quick, or similar, for a different taste?

  8. Lynne

    yep, big success. made yesterday by my 13 yo son and 8 yo daughter, substituting custard powder for cornflour (none in the cupboard at the time). went ooops with the cocoa, but that was fine – actually, good! No coconut in the pantry either, so we used hundreds and thousands! trashy! big success with vanilla icecream and frozen raspberries, and with only about 3 hours chilling. thanks – ace!

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