Chocolate Pudding with Fresh Raspberries
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup low-fat milk
6 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
granulated sugar (optional)
4 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed
In a 1 or 2-quart stainless-steel saucepan, whisk the egg, cornstarch, salt and vanilla together for 2 minutes.
Melt the butter in another saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar.
Cook over low heat until the butter and sugar blend together.
Add the milk and heat until the sugar dissolves. (The sugar will get hard when the milk is added; it will melt again as the milk heats.)
Whisk a few tablespoons of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture.
Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk mixture.
Over medium heat, whisk the combined mixture constantly until it comes to a boil.
Immediately remove from the heat.
Stir chocolate pieces into the warm pudding mixture until smooth.
Pour into a bowl. (If you don't want a skin to form on the top of the pudding, sprinkle it lightly with granulated sugar.)
Cover with plastic wrap when cool.
Place 1/2 cup of raspberries into each of 8 serving bowls.
Top with a few tablespoons of pudding.