Ugh, my original chocolate sago post has disappeared! It just went....somewhere in the internet and I cannot find him! Thanks, Blogger, you've taken a little innocent blog post and you've transported him to some place on the internet, full of weirdos and memes! My little blog post does not know how to fend for himself! So, to make a Monday morning even worse, I shall try to type him up again....good luck Kim, you have ten minutes. Can I give up now? Yes, I think so. See you when I get back from work. Wait, if I get back from work... When you take the bus, you never know if you will get home.
Back! Where were we.... Sago pudding is not something you find on a menu when you go out. There are also people out there (certain supermarket staff) who do not have a clue what sago is. If you do not know what sago is, then you must find out. This Wikipedia article explains. Yet again they also do not know what cucumbers, zucchini, lychees and cashew nuts are, so you cannot expect too much. The traditional sago pudding is disappearing and will continue to disappear into the unknown, along with other classic puddings such as walden chocolate pudding, keswick pudding and the free kirk pudding.
As food enthusiasts, we have a duty to keep such classics alive! These classics require no high tech machines, the ingredients are readily available and they taste good! Therefore, I present to you chocolate sago pudding.
I chose to make chocolate sago pudding for this blog hop as it is cheap to make and requires minimal ingredients. All you really need to buy are sago pearls and perhaps chocolate...maybe you still have some Easter eggs around the place;) Sago is also one of my favourite desserts. My grandma often makes sago pudding and hers is fantastic. She's mastered the art of sago pudding and one day, I hope to as well.
Chocolate sago pudding
Recipe from the Green and Gold Cookery Book, 14th edition, page 93 by Rigby Publishers.
The only change I have made to this pudding is the addition of the chocolate.
Time taken 45 minutes, plus refrigeration time.
Serves 4-6 depending on how big you make the serves.
What you need
- 2 cups full cream milk
- 2 tablespoons sago
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs separated
- 50-70g milk chocolate, chopped or grated (I used Coles brand it was amazingly good)
- Place 1 cup of milk and sago in a saucepan over high heat and stir.
- When the milk boils, turn the heat to low and continue to stir.
- When the sago has softened (taste it, it should not be hard, but instead soft), take the sauce pan off the hot plate.
- Whisk eggs yolks and sugar in a small bowl, add 1 cup milk and whisk some more.
- Add the egg mixture to the sauce pan and return to the hot plate and stir.
- Continue to stir the mixture until a thick custard forms and then add in the chocolate and stir to incorporate.
- Take the sauce pan off the hot plate for the last time.
- In a clean bowl, whisk the two egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Fold the egg whites into the sauce pan mixture.
- Place the final mixture from the sauce pan into a large dish or individual glasses/ramekins and allow to cool on the kitchen bench.
- Once cool, transfer the dish/glasses/ramekins into the refrigerator for a few hours to set.
- To serve, decorate with chocolate shavings or fruit.
- Whenever the sauce pan is on the hot plate, you must be there to stir it. If you do not continually stir the sago mixture, it will burn and stick to the bottom of the pan.
- To serve, I placed some stewed fruits (apple and raspberry) into the bottom of the serving glasses and then placed sago mixture on the top.
- To make a classic sago pudding, simply omit the chocolate in the above recipe and serve, sprinkled with nutmeg and/or cinnamon.
Soft sago pearls surrounded by fluffy chocolate custard, with extra chocolate
Although I prefer the classic sago pudding, the chocolate was a welcomed addition to this recipe. The sago pudding seemed like a fluffy chocolate mousse with soft yet chewy little pearls mixed through. If chocolate mousse is too rich for you, you may enjoy this recipe. Do include some chocolate shavings on top of the pudding, as it is nice when they melt in your mouth.
Let's bring sago back!:)