Budino means pudding in Italian, but it’s much more than we think of as pudding in America.
Why do I think this is the best chocolate budino recipe around? See for yourself! It’s so rich, you can turn it upside down! You can use sugar: I used swerve to keep it low carb and near sugar free. Either way, it’s amazing!
This chocolate budino recipe is rich, and dense but not fudge dense, not truffle dense. It’s a thick, creamy, dreamy pudding type dessert with concentrated flavors and a smooth texture.
There are some recipes out there that are over-complicated and turn budino into a thick unseemly fudge-type texture. You don’t want that! You want this.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson, this budino is so easy and so well balanced, It was the least complicated chocolate recipe I could find, but certainly not lacking in complexity.
Chocolate Budino Recipe: A few Cooking Notes
I did not add the cornstarch from the original recipe and it is not missed! I used 2 ounces of 70% chocolate, and regular Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa. I also used a lower carb whole mik, Fairlife, which has lower carbs. You can use any whole milk you like.
You can add a bit of bourbon instead of vanilla if you want to booze it up. I’m thinking the next time I might add in some hazelnut extract for that nutella taste!
I topped the budino with a stabilized whipped cream. It will look exactly like this all week, which is a good thing, because I’m only going to eat one a day!
It’s Easy to Make this a Low-Carb, Sugar Free Chocolate Budino Recipe
Pudding is made with milk. Budino is made with milk and heavy cream. I use the Fair Life full-fat milk to keep the carbs lower and switch out the sugar with Swerve. You really cannot tell.
This can make four ample servings, but I divided it up into seven small dessert dishes, the size of espresso cups, making this 5 carbs per serving.
This is rich and will satisfy your chocolate cravings, but a little goes a long way. Espresso cups make the perfect serving.
- 1 cup whole milk (see notes)
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup sugar or ½ cup Swerve (confectioner's)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 ounces dark chocolate 70%, finely chopped
- Stabilized Whipped Cream
- ½ cup whipped cream
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan.
- In a separate saucepan, stir in sifted cocoa powder, boiling water and sugar to a paste.
- Add egg yolks, one at a time, whisking.
- Add in milk mixture. Continue to stir for a few minutes until thickened.
- Take off stove, add in chocolate. Stir until completely incorporated.
- Pour into dessert cups. I like to use espresso cups to keep the serving small. That will make seven servings.
- Stabilized Whipped Cream Instructions
- Make sure cream cheese is softened.
- Whip Cream first until you have soft peaks. Stir in cream cheese.
- Whip until you have stiff peaks