Tuesday, October 6, 2009
TWD - Split Level Pudding
This week's Tuesday with Dorie challenge is hosted by Garrett of Flavour of Vanilla, who has selected Dorie's split level pudding. It is a two layer pudding, with dark chocolate ganache on the bottom and vanilla pudding on the top. I made my puddings in martini glasses for visual impact, although Dorie suggests ramekins.
It is also a momentous TWD for me, because it is exactly 12 months (that's right, 52 weeks) since I joined the group. My first TWD was the Caramel Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake chosen by my good blogging friend Tammy, and I am amazed at the many different recipes I have tried since then.
This week's pudding certainly tasted delicious, but it didn't quite work as it should have for me. I divided the recipe into thirds and deliberately skimped a little on the cream in the ganache, so that when it was chilled, it was hard to spoon out. The vanilla pudding layer was the opposite - it was drinkable. I wish that I had read the TWD forum comments before making this, because a number of other bakers noted that their pudding was fine right up until it was re-processed after thickening on the stove, then it became thin and never recovered. I believe that there is truth in this theory, because the pudding remnants that were left in the saucepan set up fine at room temperature, yet after 8 hours in the fridge, the pudding that had been re-processed as directed after thickening did not set.
Oh well, the flavour was great, as I said, so I happily slurped the pudding before getting out a crowbar to eat the ganache ;).
You can see what the other TWD members thought of this pudding by visiting the TWD blogroll, and the recipe will be on Garrett's site.