I just had the sudden craving for pudding and I found this recipe with a high rating of 4.7 (114 reviews). I also happen to have all the ingredients. This is, perhaps, the easiest dessert I've made by far.
Total Time: 4 hr 20 min Prep: 5 mins Inactive: 4 hours Cook: 15 min Yield: 6 servings Level: (Very!) Easy
2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup natural cocoa powder 4 teaspoons cornstarch 3 large egg yolks 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon fine salt 3/4 cup whipping cream
Put 1 1/2 cups of the milk, the sugar, and the cocoa in a nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a simmer, over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup of the milk, cornstarch, salt, egg yolks, and vanilla in a bowl. Gradually whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Return to the saucepan and cook over medium-high heat whisking constantly, until the pudding comes to a full boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and continue whisking until thick, about 2 or 3 minutes more.
Pour the pudding into 6 small cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or ideally overnight until set.
Just before serving pour the cream into a chilled bowl. Whip the cream with a whisk or a hand held mixer, and continue beating until soft peaks form. Take care not to over-beat the cream or it will be grainy. Serve each pudding with a dollop of whipped cream on top.