A delicious mess

by Patricia on September 21, 2009 · 6 comments


It started out innocently enough. I was struck with a chocolate craving… a creamy, comforting kind of chocolate craving. This meant pudding. Not just pudding but pudding pie complete with a graham cracker crust. Sounds delicious, right?

There I was standing in Dan’s kitchen, defenseless against the siren song of chocolate pudding pie. I had everything I needed to make chocolate pudding (though honestly this would be my first non-packaged pudding adventure).  I had a few graham crackers leftover from our camping s’mores.  And I had some heavy cream which is mandatory because what is chocolate pudding pie minus the whipped cream? Naked, that’s what. And we can’t have that.  Okay, everything I needed was there in the kitchen.  Or was it?  Wait a second, there is no pie pan in Dan’s kitchen. Had the temptation been mild, the chocolate undertow weak, I may have stopped right there. If I had been patient and wise, I might have waited until I got home where I have not one but two pie pans (Note to self: take one to Dan’s house).  But the pudding gods had spoken and I had no choice but to continue down this path no matter how ill-equipped I might be.

*Light bulb moment*… I will use a muffin tin and make cup-pies.  You know, kind of like Chuck makes in Pushing Daisies Season 1, except mine would be even more innovative in that they’d be pudding pies… aw yeah, I am a genius!  That’s right, warm yourself in the glow of my otherworldly brain powers.  Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time anyway.


I lined each of the 12 cups in the muffin pan with a paper liner because I thought that would be the only way to get it out cleanly… and I was kind of right.  I evenly distributed my graham cracker crust mixture into the cups and pressed it down with the bottom of shot glass. Baked them for about 8 minutes until they filled the kitchen with their intoxicating aroma.  And then I made the pudding.  Did I mention this was my first attempt at homemade pudding?  I’ve made lemon curd and even custard cakes, but never chocolate pudding that did not come in a box. But how hard could it be?

I thought I followed the directions. I thought I cooked it long enough. And then I put the pudding on top of the graham crust-lets.  And the pudding was runny… but I was unfazed. I thought maybe it would firm up in the refrigerator.  Maybe this was how it was supposed to be.  Maybe I should not have gone down the cup-pie path. Hmm. Uh oh and oh well.  I was committed.  So I topped each of the 12 cup pies with whipped cream and stuck them in the refrigerator to chill and hopefully firm up.


It did not firm up. The paper liners barely held together with all of the soupy mess. I managed to get all of it out and into a bowl which was a messy process to say the least. But as Julia Child said, “The grand thing about cooking is you can eat your mistakes.” And eat it we did. Everyone agreed it was a delicious mess. The kids loved it. And Dan declared it the messiest, most delicious thing I’ve ever made. He also thinks it would not taste as good if the pudding had been more pudding-like and less soupy… he thinks the texture would change the flavor as well.  I’m not so sure. I’d like it to be more pudding-y.


I’ll try again sometime soon. Chocolate pudding pie, not soup, is in my future.

In the meantime:
* A successful chocolate pudding pie on Smitten Kitchen
* Chocolate pudding recipe from Simply Recipes


1 Patricia September 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm

@Brit – I tried making this pudding again from scratch with the same result… chocolate soup. Dan still insists it is better that way, but I am stubborn and really want it to be pudding. Maybe third time is a charm?

@Christine – It rarely ends badly when chocolate is involved, don’t you agree? :)

@Leslie – I love to share some recipes. What is your favorite thing to bake?

2 Leslie September 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Thanks for sharing this Patricia. I also love baking and I hope we could share recipes in the future. I totally agree with everyone, that this is a “delicious mess”.

3 Christine September 21, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Oh, I read with such anticipation! I thought there might be a happy ending…. and there was! Thank you for sharing your triumphs and tragedies with us.

4 Dan September 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Ok, I can take a hint….I ordered two pie tins for my house! :) Messy and delicious chocolate soup pie…..add the graham cracker crust and the real whipped cream….mmmm, a little taste of heaven!

5 Brit Hammer September 21, 2009 at 10:15 am

Thanks for bringing a big smile to my face, P. I’m new to your blog and am so happy I found it. And ya know, after reading back several months of posts, I feel like we’ve met somewhere…. (Know that feelin’?) Anyway, I haven’t dared try making pudding *from scratch* before BUT am now curious to have a go after reading your (hilarious) post. So thanks for that! And thanks for the reminder to think outside the box…er…pie pan…!

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