I’ve always had trouble with cooking sweet delicacies. Whenever we had guests over for a meal, the dessert would always be a big question mark. So, invariably it would be outsourced. Though, it didn’t make me happy, there was no choice because all my previous efforts at preparing sweet dishes had been disastrous, even though I had tried out some simple, non-fussy recipes. So I gave up and didn’t bother experimenting with sweets for a long, long time … until my mother-in-law helped me break the “no-luck-with-desserts” ice.
My mother-in-law, who is an amazing – and passionate – cook, introduced me to this utterly simple and deceptively exotic looking dish. It was this dessert that boosted my confidence levels several notches up, after I ‘wowed’ my husband’s colleagues at a party hosted in one of their houses. Now I make it very often for my children, and it is received with the same excitement. No one ever gets bored or tired of eating it.
So why don’t you too try and whip up this yummylicious surprise for your kids this weekend and receive some warm, loving hugs in return?
Here’s how to transform the humble Marie biscuit into an irresistibly delicious pudding.
What you need
• Milk – 500 ml
• Custard powder – 2 ½ tbsp heaped ( vanilla flavor)
• Cocoa powder – 1 tbsp
• Sugar – 3 ½ tbsp heaped
• Coffee decoction – 4-5 tbsps
• Marie biscuits – 8-10
• Choco chips for garnishing
How to proceed
To make the custard-cocoa base
• Add the custard powder and cocoa powder to ¼ cup cold milk (taken from the 500 ml) and mix it thoroughly to make a smooth paste
• Take the remaining milk in a pan and boil it. When the milk boils, add the custard-cocoa paste and mix well.
• The mixture will start thickening immediately. Keep stirring continuously over low flame, (stirring will avoid burning) till the paste blend in.
• Switch off the flame when it thickens and cool it.
• Allow it to cool.
Setting the pudding
• After the mixture has cooled sufficiently, take a bowl that you would want to set the pudding in.
• Spread a layer of the custard mixture at the bottom.
• Next, break a few Marie biscuits roughly into quarter pieces, dip them in the coffee decoction and lay them over the layer of the mixture.
• Alternate between custard and biscuit.
• Garnish with choco chips and powdered Marie biscuit
• Refrigerate for 4-5 hours and serve chilled!!
• Make sure the custard is thick, yet of pouring consistency
• Do not freeze the dessert. Normal chilling is enough to set it.