There are many appealing things about the overwhelmingly popular series, ‘Downton Abbey’. The drama, romance and complex characters are just to name a few. There’s also PLENTY of eye candy like the gorgeous costumes, furniture, countryside, and above all, food. Yes, glorious food, served in elegant dishes and manners. Food that an average, overworked American who eats lunch at his/her desk can only fantasize about.
In fact, so much in ‘Downton Abbey’ happens around food. Many of the conflicts and love affairs begin and end with meals. Take pudding for instance. There are many memorable lines and stories revolving around this dessert. And, it seems like there’s a pudding for every taste and occasion. There are sweet puddings like, raspberry meringue, and savory ones like Yorkshire. Some are boring and ordinary like vanilla rice pudding, while others are elaborate like Christmas plum pudding, presented with flaming brandy.
The following old fashioned coffee pudding is inspired by ‘Downton Abbey’ . This is a rich and creamy pudding that requires a good amount of time and patience to whisk. But hey, we’re talking ‘old fashioned’ here….this ain’t no Jell-O pudding on the go!
- 2 cups sweetened condensed milk
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp instant coffee or coffee powder
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Coffee beans or whipped cream for garnish (optional)
- Blend all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Whisk continuously over medium-high heat until thickened.
- Remove from heat and pour into a non-plastic bowl. Cover the top.
- After the mixture is cooled, chill it in the fridge for at least two hours.
- Serve in small cups or bowls and garnish with coffee beans or whipped cream as desired.