Wednesday, December 11


With North Texas being locked in a deep freeze for the last week many of the area schools and businesses have been closed down, including Texas Women's University - where our youngest attends college.  For almost a week she has been receiving daily updates on classes and finals being postponed. Every day thinking tomorrow will be THE day she can finish up and come home for Christmas Break. When she got the news yesterday - LATE - that the campus was going to be shut down yet another day we decided that was enough, we were bringing our girl home. Now at home, the scuttlebutt is she can in fact take her finals online - YAY! Mr.P drove up to help Elizabeth get her things together, chip the 4 inches of ice off of her car and follow her safely home. It was after 11 pm when they came in and I wanted to start her holidays off right with the family's favorite Wintertime treat - Hot Chocolate Pudding. Yes it is as good as it sounds. I've been making this pudding for over twenty years and it's quite addictive. Traditionally the first pot is served up yearly at the beginning of Christmas Break and I'll continue to make it on and off for the next few months. It's simple, delicious and wonderfully hot, something the kids always enjoyed on a cold winter's night sitting in front of the fire. As a result - and because you asked, I gladly share our hot chocolate pudding recipe with you, in the hopes that your little family will loves it as well. ENJOY the Christmas holidays with a cuppa hot goodness!

 This recipe was used by many families during the depression and WWII when eggs were scarce. 
It's satisfies and warms the tummy making kids and adults alike happy!
SERVES 4 - 6 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons good vanilla
  • Add dry ingredients to a saucepan; mix well.
  • Slowly stir in milk to avoid lumps.
  • Place over a medium-high heat and cook until thickened; stirring OFTEN. I don't leave the stove.
  • Add butter and vanilla; stirring until butter melts.
  • Serve warm.
Throw all of the dry ingredients in to a small saucepan.
Give it a good stir.
Before it thickens up it even LOOKS like hot chocolate!
Melting that good rich butter.

I often half this recipe when it's just the three of us. This luscious pudding is best when it's hot right out of the saucepan, not served cold. That's why this is ONLY a Wintertime treat at Porter South!

HAPPINESS is a cup of Hot Chocolate Pudding, a warm tummy, Christmas Break and Bradley!

I have wanted desperately to make Hot Chocolate Pudding for Mr.P and me during the last week of frigid weather. Every time I started to pull the ingredients out, my mother's heart would turn to E sitting in her dorm room. She and the other students were reduced to eating what was left on the shelves of the C-Store down in the Commons of the TWU Guinn & Stark Hall. What mother wouldn't wait for their child's first day of Christmas Break? I mean really, it's TRADITION!



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