Sunday, October 10, 2010

Anti-Weltschmerz chocolate pudding

For one sad and/or lonely person. Immediate improvement guaranteed!

Necessary therapy after watching the documentary "Schmutzige Schokolade" ("The dark side of chocolate") by Miki Mistrati. The filmmaker investigated child labour on cocoa plantations in Côte d'Ivoire.

Further information (german)
Film in der ARD-Mediathek

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Suggested music: Get well soon - Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon

The whole point of this recipe is using fair trade cocoa powder, of course. You can likely find it in an organic supermarket, as well as fair trade sugar.

  • 250 mL soy milk (any other plant milk should work as well)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (you might need more if you use unsweetened soy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

What to do:
  1. Heat 200 mL of the plant milk in a small pot on the stove.
  2. Sift the starch and cocoa powder into a bowl, add the sugar, and mix. Sifting helps preventing clumps. 
  3. Add the remaining 50 mL plant milk to the cocoa mixture and whisk until all clumps have disappeared.
  4. When the plant milk comes to a boil, turn the heat down (or even off, depending on your stove) and add the cocoa mixture while whisking. Let it boil shortly - with this amount of starch, it should thicken immediately.
  5. Pour into a small serving bowl, grab a spoon and devour.
This recipe will result in a relatively solid pudding. I like it that way, because I usually eat it hot, directly after preparing it. If you want to prepare the pudding in order to put it in the fridge and eat later, you can use as little as 1 tablespoon corn starch.

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