Yeah, it sounds weird: chocolate tofu pudding? And I’m not usually a dessert guy. But a few months ago, I decided I needed to develop a few Go To desserts that are cheap, easy and delicious. For my own sake, as well as for bringing to dinner parties. As usual, Mark Bittman came to the rescue with this recipe. It sounds weird to put tofu in a dessert, but all it’s really doing here is providing texture and substance to melted chocolate. There is nothing wrong with pudding.
Pudding me up to it:
This recipe turned out delicious — the chocolate taste was rich and luxurious and the texture was wonderfully creamy — and was extremely easy. The last time I made this I followed Mark on the cinnamon and chiles, but really I just wanted chocolate pudding so this time I ditched the Mexican elements. You need to refrigerate the finished product for at least 30 minutes for it to solidify. There is nothing wrong with pudding.
Since this recipe is all about creamy texture and chocolate flavor, you want to make sure you buy pretty good chocolate and this type of silken soft tofu:
It’s not refrigerated, making this a perfect pantry dish. The advantage of the tofu, for me, is that the recipe requires basically no cooking, other than making simple syrup (sugar boiled in water). I suppose the tofu makes the recipe marginally healthier than other pudding. Again, the flavor of the pudding is basically all in the chocolate that you buy, so choose well.
I used Trader Joe’s dark chocolate in this, which was great and not too expensive. Tofu aside (really, much ado about nothing), the chocolate flavor is what makes this pudding special, taking it up a notch from Jello handi-snacks. I love those too. There is nothing wrong with pudding.
By the way, one final tip: your food processor may say it is dishwasher safe, but my sous chef highly recommends cleaning all the components by hand. The dishwasher can warp the plastic.
CHOCOLATE TOFU PUDDING
1 package (12 oz) silken soft tofu - must be silken and must be soft
6 oz dark chocolate, melted in the microwave
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Boil sugar in water until sugar dissolves.
2. In food processor, blend together all ingredients.
3. Chill at least 30 minutes.
There is nothing wrong with pudding.