[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Chocolate pudding is a great love of mine. It's so comforting and so satisfying—not to mention so easy to prepare—you'll wonder why you haven't been making chocolate pudding all the time.

Now there's a time when you want the comforts of childhood and this homemade Jell-O-style pudding or Pudding in a Cloud will do. And there are other times when you want a ridiculously decadent chocolate pudding.

But if you love chocolate pudding as much as I do, you want a workhorse pudding—one that's packed with dark chocolate flavor but that doesn't require much fuss in the kitchen. When I want pudding, I want it, like, NOW, and I don't want to separate eggs or buy cream. This pudding takes its richness from whole milk and a healthy amount of 72% cacao chocolate. And if you're a regular baker and chocolate lover, it's made with staples you'll likely find in your own pantry right now—milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, salt, cornstarch, vanilla and dark chocolate—which means within about 20 minutes of reading this post you could be eating your own chocolate pudding.

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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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