By Tom Lacalamita, Glenna Vance

Creamier than traditional chocolate pudding, this chocolate custard is smooth on the tongue and rich in taste! Making chocolate custard in your slow cooker makes for a rich pudding experience.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: High 2 to 2 1/2 hours

Yield: 6 servings

2 cups water

2 cups milk

1 square unsweetened chocolate

3 large eggs

1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla, or 1 teaspoon dark rum

  1. Bring the water to a bowl in a small saucepan.

  2. Place a metal cake rack or trivet in the slow cooker.

  3. Add the boiling water to the slow cooker.

  4. Heat the milk in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.

  5. When the milk begins to simmer, add the chocolate.

  6. Remove from heat and stir until the chocolate melts.

  7. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla.

  8. Slowly add the hot milk, stirring constantly.

  9. Pour into a 1-quart baking dish.

  10. Cover the dish with foil.

  11. Place in the slow cooker on a trivet.

  12. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the custard is set.

  13. Remove and cool to room temperature.

  14. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

Per serving: Calories 130 (From fat 60); Fat 7g (Saturated 3g); Cholesterol 117mg; Sodium 123mg; Carbohydrate 13g (Dietary fiber 0g); Protein 6g.