Oma Nelly's Legendary Chocolate Pudding and Vla

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A labor of love that is a family treasure. Oma's pudding is a grandchildren and great-grandchildren favorite, who now are so biased, that they are unable to enjoy any other pudding, save Oma's.

We made pudding twice and it came out pretty good. Next time we'll be sure to pack up more cocoa from home, but the vla was quite close!

3 packs Swallow Agar plain
2 liters cold water
1-1/2 cups Van Houten cocoa (or any other Dutch processed cocoa)
2/3 cups sugar, or to taste

4 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
5 cups milk
3 vanilla pods or 3 tsp vanilla essence
6 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup cold water


1. Measure water into a large saucepan, open packets of agar and stir into the cold water.
2. Add the cocoa and sugar, stirring continuously to dissolve until it boils.
3. Turn off heat and stir until slightly cool, then pour into 2 pudding pans.

1. In a mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy.
2. Add 2 cups of milk to the egg mixture. mixing on the lowest speed.
3. Pour this and the rest of the milk into a large saucepan, stirring to combine.

4. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with the cold water until it dissolves, then pour into saucepan.
5. Add vanilla pods or essence at this point.

6. When vla comes to a boil, turn off heat, then transfer saucepan to an ice-filled large pan or sink. Stir continuously until it cools. Remove pods, if used.
7. Pour into jugs and cool in the fridge.
8. Lace with rum if desired.

Note: Many a times vla has been burnt if left unattended, so keep stirring, on medium heat. Then even to cool, keep stirring, otherwise it may get 'lumpy'. That's precisely why this is a labor of love.

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