Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Pudding

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This is only my third enty and I'm so glad that I joined TWD despite packing on all the pounds! It's been something that I look forward every week because I get to try and learn new things. Sometimes I wish the summer could last forever so I wouldn't have to think about school or the 'future'. I'm going into fourth year, but still feel so undecided with what to do next. Even when I graduate with my majors in nutrition and psychology, I don't think I'm actually employable. The only thing I can think of is entering a dietetics program, since that is accredited, but that would basically mean redoing at least 3 years of undergrad. I guess the other option would be to enter grad school, but I don't even know if my marks are good enough. I hate myself so much for being so undecisive the past three years and failed to make smarter decisions earlier. Now I feel like I've wasted time and money. Even if I were to become a dietitian, I don't even think I could find a job. It's so nice when I get to bake away and forget all about the scary things or important decisions I have to make. Sorry.. that was totally unrelated, but I so needed to get it off my back before I go crazy.

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Anyway.. back to TWD. The chocolate pudding was such a great pick.. not too much butter, but lots of chocolate! Before I started, I thought this would be a clean and quick challenge. While I was right about the quick, I was all wrong about the clean. Thank god for my 12 cup food processor or I'm sure I would've had pudding on my walls. I only made half the batch and it still approached the leak line. I felt like I was scrambling a lot, especially since I always put my book far away from potential damage so there was a lot of walking back and forth combined with the fear of overdrying the chocolate, overheating the milk and cooking the eggs. This was the first time my pudding didn't scramble! Now I think I'm confident enough to tackle pastry cream and make a boston cream pie. I was actually suprised how rich the pudding was considering it was made with milk, but there was a slight chalkiness to it.. although that could have been my fault for using Chipits instead of squares. Here, have a bite!

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Thanks to Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen for choosing this recipe, which can be found on her site and in Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my Home to Yours. Don't forget to checkout the TWD Blogroll!

29 comments:

  1. Great job, your pudding looks awesome and I love the raspberry!

    Good luck figuring out school! I graduated with a no-job major (except going on for more school) but I loved it anyways. It's hard! I'm sure you'll do great though... you could always be a pastry chef!

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  2. Looks great with those raspberries!

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  3. Yeah, a little messy but worth it!

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  4. Nothing like a good chocolate pudding! And the raspberry on top I am sure made it even better. Nothing like a good mess in the kitchen.

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  5. Your pudding looks fantastic and rasberries are wonderful with chocolate. I also checked out your Wilton post...great job on the rainbow!

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  6. Don't hate yourself for being indecisive - heck, I'm STILL trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up, and I have 2 graduate degrees! ;) And isn't pudding a comfort?

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  7. Fresh raspberries and chocolate pudding - yum! And guess what - I graduated with a major that guaranteed me a job, but that doesn't mean I'm happy with what I do. Who knows, maybe I was decisive too early on!

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  8. Steph, chocolate and raspberries are always an inspired choice. It looks amazing, and I'll bet it tasted even better!

    Please don't be so hard on yourself for not being able to decide immediately; these big decisions take time. I've been working for years and I still find myself wondering if I made the right decision. How sad is that? Lol!

    Seriously, just follow your heart :)

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  9. No worries!! The pudding looks absolutely stunning and divine :0) Hooray for your third TWD entry!!

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  10. Your pudding looks great! As for the job thing, I graduated in May with a degree in business and music and still don't plan on doing anything with either. Sometimes it is just good to have a degree!

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  11. Why assume there won't be a job for you when you graduate? If you're not locked into something specific, you'll have the freedom to see more opportunities out there. Have faith!

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  12. Awesome pudding pictures! So good, right?

    Just keep at whatever it is that you love to do. As long as you're making yourself happy, you'll find a way to make money. Just trust yourself. And hey - I could use some nutrition tips. What are your rates?!

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  13. I love that last picture. The spoon+pudding+raspberry! Very purdy!

    As for school and being undecided. Who says you're suppose to "know" what you wanna do by age X? I am 20-something-closer-to-30-something and I still don't know! Thats what life's about... living everyday, trying new things and experiencing life. IMHO. Good luck!

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  14. Your pudding looks fantastic! I love your photos.

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  15. I like the combination of chocolate and raspberries!

    Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

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  16. Rare is the person who knows exactly where they should be headed. But you should head straight for the fridge and get some more of that delicious raspberry sprinkled pudding!

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  17. i loved that this pudding was made with milk, i used a 2%/whole combo and that it only had tiny amounts of butter and sugar. while not exactly health food, it was definitely not HORRIBLE for us. YAY.

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  18. I was an acting major at Syracuse University- a very expensive private school! If anyone knows your pain, it is me! But don't worry, you'll pull through it. Life is scary in your early twenties, but we always make it through!

    If all else fails, you should open a pastry shop! You are very talented!

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  19. Chocolate and raspberries...Yum! Great pictues. Good luck with the job and school thing! I agree with those who said to follow your heart. Be happy!

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  20. Chocolate and raspberries, you can't go wrong with that combo! Great job your pudding looks delicious!

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  21. beautiful photos. i've had to start walking three miles on the treadmill to keep my weight in check with all these good recipes we're making for TWD. :)
    Pastry Cream is my favorite thing to make, good luck on your Boston Cream Pie!

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  22. I love the photos of your pudding. It makes me want to spoon some up. I just love pudding and this looks fantastic!

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  23. Ah, sorry you're feeling bad about school. Have you talked to your school placement office to see what's out there? maybe they can steer you in the right direction.

    And your pudding looks fantastic... so pretty with the raspberries.

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  24. Your pudding looks awesome! Love chocolate with raspberries.

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  25. Yum! I'll take that bite.

    I always thought it was too hard to have to decide what you're going to do with your life when you're just 18. I hope something works out!

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  26. It looks wonderful! I love the raspberries on top.

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  27. I too was worried about scrambling my egg mixture. glad yours turned out...love the raspberrys!

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  28. Your photos are lovely! The pudding looks dreamy!

    Don't sweat the school stuff. Study what you enjoy and learn as much as you can. Everything will fall into place and in 5 years, none of this will matter. I always tell my daughter that it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do what you love!

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  29. Great job! Your pudding looks yummy!

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