I just ran across this recipe and I had to post it I wonder if you could add chocolate to it as well?
Licorice Pudding Recipe from epicurious.com
Scandinavians simply adore black licorice; the selection available in their grocery stores rivals that of chocolate bars in ours. But you don't have to be crazy about it to enjoy this pudding, which is wonderfully smooth and tantalizingly tinged with molasses and anise. We found that Panda brand black licorice works best in this particular recipe.
(note: I'll bet that the RJs black soft eating licorice would be really good in the recipe. The last weeks' batch was so soft & fresh it melted in your mouth! Yum! )
Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 5 hr (includes chilling)
Servings: Makes 6 servings.
Special equipment: an instant-read thermometerAccompaniment: Almond paste filled cakes
3/4 cup very finely chopped Panda brand black licorice sticks or pieces (3 3/8 oz)
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Monday, May 26, 2008
Combine licorice, salt, 4 cups milk, and 1/3 cup sugar in a 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan and heat over moderately low heat (do not let boil), stirring frequently, until licorice is dissolved, 18 to 20 minutes. (If licorice is not completely dissolved, let mixture stand off heat, uncovered, whisking occasionally, 10 minutes.)
Increase heat to moderate and bring milk mixture to a bare simmer. Stir together cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl.
Whisk cornstarch mixture into licorice mixture and simmer, whisking, 2 minutes to thicken.
Whisk together egg yolks and remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl until combined well, then add hot milk mixture in a slow stream, whisking.
Return to saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until thermometer registers 170°F.
Immediately pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl and stir in butter until incorporated.
Chill pudding, its surface covered with a round of wax paper, until very cold, about 4 hours. Just before serving, gently whisk pudding, then divide among 6 glasses or bowls.Serve with almond cakes.
Cooks' note: Pudding can be chilled in bowl, its surface covered with wax paper and bowl covered with plastic wrap after 4 hours, up to 3 days.