Picnic Pudding

I love picnics, actually, I love picnic baskets.  The last time I  counted, I had six different picnic baskets.  You can't have that many baskets and not think about how to fill them.   

When I was a kid, I loved chocolate pudding*.   My mom made gallons of the stuff for us.  She loved it too.  So, I was thinking why not pack individual servings of chocolate pudding in jars for a picnic treat?  

This recipe will made four individual servings of Chocolate Picnic Pudding.  Here's what you will need:

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 Tablespoon cornstarch (cornflour)
1 Tablespoon plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

Place the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, flour, and salt into a large saucepan.  Using a wire whisk, stir the dry ingredients until they are well combined.  

Add the egg to the milk and lightly beat with a fork to combine. Gradually add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, whisking all the time to make sure there are no lumps of cocoa powder.

Place the saucepan over a medium heat and gently bring the pudding mixture up to a boil, stirring constantly until the pudding thickens.  

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.  Pour the pudding into individual jars and let it cool before screwing on the lids.  

You can make this pudding the day before your picnic and refrigerate it overnight.  I love chocolate pudding, picnics and picnic baskets!  

*In the US, custard is called pudding.  In Britain, pudding is what Americans call dessert.  Fortunately, picnic means the same thing on both sides of the Pond!


  1. Is there a reason, why you screw on the lids AFTER the pudding is cold? I think about making jam, where you pour the whole mixture almost boiling into glases and close them imediately to preserve them. Do you think, that would work with your pudding, too?

    1. The reason why I don't put the lids on the hot pudding is because the condensation from the steam would drip back on to the custard and dilute it. I have never thought about preserving a milk based pudding. I know you can buy canned custard so there must be a way to do it. Hmmm... wonder how it's done? : )

  2. Pudding, custard, dessert - never mind the name, it looks delicious!

    1. I am like you, I don't care what you call it just give me a spoon! : )


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