Double Chocolate Pudding
3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1/2 vanilla bean
1. In a medium saucepan heat milk, sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla bean over medium heat.
2. Combine salt, cornstarch and egg yolks in a small bowl, whisking until smooth.
3. Add a ladle full of hot milk mixture to egg mixture whisking thoroughly to combine. Continue adding hot milk until you have incorporated all.
4. Pour through a sieve into another clean saucepan and return to heat. Whisking constantly bring almost to boil. Mixture will thicken. Allow to cool slightly and pour into glasses. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve topped with whipped cream if desired.