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German chocolate cake as pudding

German chocolate cake as pudding
Los Angeles Times

German chocolate cake looks pretty good for 50 -- the combination of tangy-sweet layers and nutty custard is as irresistible as it was when the recipe was first published in a Texas newspaper back in the Eisenhower era. If it ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes, plus chilling time | Serves 6
  • 8 ounces Baker's German's or semisweet chocolate, broken into squares or coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Scant 1/2 cup custard for German chocolate cake

Step 1In a large metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring often. Remove from the heat.

Step 2In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and cream just to a boil. Remove from heat.

Step 3Whisk the egg yolks into the melted chocolate, then gradually whisk in the milk and cream. Return the bowl over the simmering water and cook the pudding, stirring often, until it thickens, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.

Step 4Divide half of the pudding among 6 custard cups or cappuccino cups. Top each serving with a scant tablespoon of the custard. Top with the remaining pudding, then with a teaspoon-sized dollop of the custard. Cover with plastic wrap and chill before serving.


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