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Too Much Chocolate Cake

I mean is there really such a thing as too much chocolate?  The title does say it all though… this cake pushes the boundaries of chocolateyness and it is decadent.  This is literally the easiest cake you can throw together.  And it is
DELICIOUS.  This is one of my most repeated recipes especially when I need to make something insanely fast and with all the staple ingredients already at home.  I don’t usually like cooking with cake mix, but this is such a good doctored cake mix recipe that it throws all my elitism out the window.  One of my favorite recipes from Allrecipes, I present to you the deliciously, incredibley moist and chocolatey too much chocolate cake.  The addition of the bag of chocolate chips and chocolate pudding mix is genius!

Too Much Chocolate Cake (adapted from allrecipes.com)

1 package devils food cake mix (if you can’t find it, just use dark chocolate)

1 package instant chocolate pudding mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1/2 cup warm water

2 cups (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water.  Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate  If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

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Pumpkin and Sour Cream Puddings

Remember the pumpkin recipe roundup I did a few days ago?  This is one of the recipes off my pumpkin to try list.  My mom is the type that eats all the filling of a pie and leaves the crust intact (I know! The crust is the best part), so she’s the one who asked me to make this recipe.  It’s very similar to a pumpkin pie filling, enhanced by the addition of a tangy baked sour cream topping.  This is a great gluten-free dessert to make during this autumn baking season for anyone to enjoy, and for anyone who needs to get their crust fix (like me), you could add some crushed graham cracker or digestive biscuits mixed with a little bit of melted butter to the bottom of each ramekin before baking and you’d get the equivalent of little mini pumpkin pies.  Enjoy!

Baked Pumpkin and Sour Cream Puddings adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Yield: 7 to 8 half-cup puddings

Pudding
1 3/4 cups (from a 15-ounce can, 415 grams) pumpkin puree (unsweetened; not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup (237 ml) whole milk
1/2 cup (118 ml) heavy cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Topping
1 cup (227 grams) sour cream
1 tablespoon (13 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F (175 C)

The quickest method: In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the pudding ingredients.

For creamier, silkier pudding: Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt and spices in a food processor and blend for 30 seconds. (I did this, takes only a little more effort and results in a more uniform texture) Transfer to a saucepan and heat over medium-high. Once glurping and simmering in the pot, cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. The mixture will thicken and get a bit darker. Reduce heat slightly and whisk in milk and cream. Off the heat, slowly whisk in eggs.

Both methods: Divide between 7 to 8 (I had just shy of enough to make eight 1/2-cup puddings) ovenproof 6-ounce pudding cups or ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until puddings barely jiggle when shimmied. Try not to overbake.

While they bake, combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. When the puddings are cooked through, transfer to a cooling rack on the counter and leave oven on. Spoon 2 tablespoons of sour cream mixture onto first pudding and use a small offset spatula, butter knife or spoon to quickly (it will get melty fast) spread it over the top of the first pudding. Repeat with remaining puddings.

Return puddings to oven for 5 more minutes, then cool completely at room temperature, about 1 to 2 hours. Chill until ready to serve. Eat with a gingersnap.  I’d also sprinkle some crushed gingersnap crumbs on top next time for an extra kick.

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

Here is that pie recipe I promised you…it consists of a baked pie shell filled with the creamiest most indulgent homemade chocolate pudding contrasted nicely with slightly sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings.  The pudding is delicious because it is not overly sweet, and it gives this amazing dark chocolate taste that lends it some class.  This is not your kids average jello pudding!  I’ve been toying with the idea of making a chocolate pie for some time now, and was torn between chocolate silk pies, a chocolate pie with an oreo crust (which I will definitely have to make sometime soon) and this recipe which I got from Smitten Kitchen.  Smitten Kitchen won out, as it usually does.  I’m glad I went with this for the end of a foodie meal (recipes coming soon) because it was a real crowdpleaser, and an easy recipe to pull together to conclude a day of cooking.

Chocolate Pudding Pie adapted from Smitten Kitchen (who adapted it from Gourmet)

Chocolate Pudding Pie
One single pie crust after it’s been wrapped and chilled for at least 30 minutes

Pudding filling:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not more than 60% cacao), finely chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chilled heavy cream

Bittersweet chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)

Prepare pie dough: Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into an 11-inch round, then fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang under and crimp edge decoratively. Prick bottom and side of shell all over with a fork, then chill shell 30 minutes. While shell chills, preheat oven to 375°F (190 C) with a baking sheet on middle rack. Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights*.

Bake on baking sheet until pastry is set and edge is pale golden, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove weights and foil, then bake shell on baking sheet until pale golden all over, 15 to 20 minutes more. Cool shell.

*NOTE, I used Deb’s technique of baking the pie crust without using pie weights (the reason pie weights are usually used is to prevent crust shrinkage) and it worked like a charm! I’d suggest using it, find it below)

Make pudding filling: Whisk together cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, then boil, whisking, two minutes (mixture will thicken). Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate and vanilla until smooth.

Pour filling into cooled shell and chill, its surface covered with wax paper (if you want to prevent a skin from forming), until cold, at least two hours.  Mine didn’t solidify much, it was classic pudding texture which made for some messy cutting but yummy eating.  This pudding makes a great stand alone pudding recipe if you don’t want to make the whole pie!

Just before serving, beat cream with remaining two tablespoons sugar until it just holds soft peaks. Spoon onto pie and garnish with bittersweet chocolate shavings to make it look all prettty.  Pie can be made and chilled up to two days. Pie, without whipped cream, can be chilled up to one day before serving. Whipped cream is best added at the last minute before serving.

* Instead of using pie weights, Deb blind bakes pie and pastry shells by freezing the crust that has been rolled into the pie pan for 20-30 minutes until solid, then pressing a piece of buttered foil, buttered side down very tightly against the frozen shell.  You then blind bake according to regular directions (or directions in the first step above). When it is time to remove the weights,  pull back the foil, and press any part of the crust that has bubbled up gently back with the back of a spoon and continue baking the shell until light golden brown.

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