I made myself a chocolate Valentine treat, albeit early. I whipped up a homemade brownie bottom chocolate pudding pie! I deserve this, folks.
You see, I used to make a highly processed version of this dessert during the early years of my marriage, when my son was little. But my hubby has never been a chocolate fan (the horror!), and my daughter won’t eat pudding of any kind. (What?)
So, as moms do, I sacrificed myself for years and didn’t make this pie. Well, my daughter is away at college (we got to visit her over the weekend!), and during the long car ride, I waxed poetically to my hubby about how I really wanted to make a homemade brownie bottom chocolate pudding pie.
I mean, I don’t think I’d ever tasted chocolate pudding from scratch, let alone made it. What if I topped the brownie layer with homemade pudding, piled on fresh whipped cream and scattered semi-sweet chocolate shavings all over the top?
I’m salivating just reading that last line. I think my hubby realized how much this meant to me.
So he graciously conceded that he wouldn’t mind if I made the pie, meaning he would eat it without complaint. Yay! Guilt-free pie!
Not from a calorie standpoint, of course.
When we got home, I went to work testing, tweaking, and tasting. I was so full of chocolate that I couldn’t eat another thing, not even “one wafer-thin mint.”
But, oh my gosh, I’m in love with this pie. And guess what? My hubby kind of is too!
“He likes it! Hey, Mikey!”
P.S. Here’s a tip to chill your pudding more quickly: Spread the hot pudding evenly on a sheet pan with sides. Place wax paper on top of the entire pudding surface, to prevent skin from forming. Refrigerate.