Friday, 1 July 2011

Budino al Cioccolato e Amaretto - or Chocolate and Amaretto Pudding


I loved the Two Greedy Italians TV series, and I loved the book even more. And when I saw Gennaro Contaldo's recipe for Budino al Cioccolato e Amaretto (Chocolate and Amaretto Pudding) on page 181 of the book, I knew I had to make it.

The first shock, as I was getting the ingredients ready, is that it isn't made with cream. You just stir together some sugar, vanilla seeds and plain flour and whisk in some warmed milk, until it starts to thicken. Then you add the dark chocolate, some butter and amaretto and stir until it is smooth. Pour into serving glasses and crumble over some amaretti biscuits for rubbly crunch.

I had a sneaky taste of the warm pudding, but we "officially" ate ours chilled. Warm, it tastes like a decadent, creamy and milky hot chocolate. Cold, it tastes more pudding-like and sets slightly to a yoghurty consistency. The crunch of the amaretti biscuits contrast against the creamy chocolate pudding and the amaretto wasn't overpowering at all, but actually very subdued. I can't see any reason why you couldn't add any favourite liqueur - Tia Maria, whisky, or even chocolate liqueur would work well. I'm not sure about Baileys - it might be too creamy and rich but I'd give it a go.

And because it's made with milk rather than cream, it has a light texture and the amaretto kick is actually quite refreshing.

I'm going to keep this one up my sleeve for when we have friends over so I can bring little glasses of this out - it's so easy and quick to make, but looking at it it looks as if you've been simmering and working on it all day!

I can't find the recipe for this online, but it's in the Two Greedy Italians book, published by Quadrille. This one's definitely a keeper!