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Chocolate Budino

The times that I can sit down to watch television have become rarer and rarer, but every now and then I can sneak in a cooking show on the PBS stations on a Saturday afternoon like America's Test Kitchen, Fast Food My Way, or in this case, Lidia's Italy.  I saw her make this dessert a little over a year ago.  Fortunately, I had all the ingredients on hand, even the leftover cookies.  I made it that night for our Sunday dinner and we have been enjoying it ever since.

Budino means "pudding" in Italian.  In this budino, Lidia uses leftover biscotti to add texture and flavor, but you can use any cookie or dry cake that you have on hand.  Shortbread, pound cake, or in my case, leftover Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies are all good candidates for a budino.  The original recipe called for chopped hazelnuts, but I omit them.  I also added a bit of vanilla extract, some espresso powder, and a touch more cornstarch for a firmer pudding.

Slice and serve it in shallow bowls with lightly sweetened whipped cream, chocolate shavings, more crushed cookies, or even some fresh berries.  It is simple and delicious.

Chocolate Budino 
serves 6-8

2 extra large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 cups heavy cream, plus more for topping
1 cup whole milk
2 cups coarsely crumbled biscotti, cookie, or dry cake
3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted

Line an 8-inch cake pan with plastic wrap, leaving a few inches of overhang on all edges.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar.  Add the cornstarch and continue whisking until no lumps remain.  In a medium saucepan, bring the cream and milk to a simmer.  Remove from the heat and pour 1 cup of the mixture into the eggs and sugar, whisking constantly to temper the eggs.  Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the milk and cream.  Return the pan to medium heat and whisk continuously until the custard thickens, about 8-10 minutes.  Do not let the mixture come to a rolling boil.   Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate, cookie, vanilla extract, espresso powder, and cocoa powder.  Stir until combined and until the chocolate has completely melted.  Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and cover with plastic wrap, laying it directly on top of the pudding.  Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

To serve, remove the top sheet of plastic wrap, invert the pudding onto a serving plate, and remove the plastic wrap.  Garnish with more cookies, grated chocolate, and lightly sweetened whipped cream.  Cut into wedges and serve.  Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Lidia's Italy


  1. I had never heard of a budino. This looks like a great dessert. I love the idea of using the leftover cake and/or cookies. When I first saw the picture, it looked as though it was covered in a ganache. It's beautiful. I can't wait to try this recipe.

  2. Thank's for sharing that perfect chocolate dessert recipe !! it's the first time i hear of budino ! abviously it deserves to be better known !


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