Nutella Pudding

Remember those awesome snack packs you used to chow down on when you were younger? If you were like me, you were so excited to rip into them in the lunch room but you would pace yourself and eat everything else in your lunch before you tore open that lid and dug in! Ah man, that first bite was heavenly. And if you were lucky, you had the tiered snack pack with the vanilla pudding in between the chocolate layers. So tasty!

{Fun fact - A tiered pudding snack pack was Kitty's Halloween costume one year not so long ago...if you ask nicely you might even get to see a picture!} 

Since I've 'grown up' (read: buy my own groceries and make my own food - seriously, that's the extent of my maturity some days) I haven't purchased or even eaten those amazing snack packs  mostly because they are, alas, filled with gross preservatives that won't do anything good for you. I mean not that puddings are a health food or anything, but we do try to steer clear of the preservatives and unnatural ingredients. But that doesn't mean I don't crave that sweet, sweet puddingey goodness.  

When I made the decision that I needed some pudding, I thought what better flavor than nutella? I mean seriously, who doesn't love nutella? So I went about finding a basic pudding recipe and tweaking it to accommodate for the nutella.  What I came up with was nothing short of fantastic.

Here's what you'll need: 

4 TBSP Milk

2 1/4 Cups Heavy Cream

3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar, divided

6 Egg Yolks

3 TBSP Cornstarch

About 9 oz Nutella (since measuring nutella can be a pain, I just plopped down a dollop about the size of a baseball or softball) 

1.5 TSBP Vanilla Extract

 

In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch, and 1/2 Cup powdered sugar until smooth. In a separate bowl, add the vanilla extract and nutella.

In a double boiler (you can substitute a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water as long as the bottom of the glass bowl isn't touching the water) scald the cream, milk, and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Be sure that you're constantly mixing as you do this so you don't burn the milk, you just want to scald it.

Once the cream and milk mixture is scalded, pour it into the egg yolk mixture while whisking until it's combined. Return all back to the pan of the double boiler over the boiling water. Whisk constantly until mixture boils.

Pour hot pudding over nutella and vanilla and whisk until combined and smooth.

Viola, you now have an amazing nutella pudding!  You can eat it on it's own or as a part of a tasty dessert!

Enjoy!