TWD: Split Level Pudding – Vanilla and Chocolate Hazelnut

by Holly on October 6, 2009

My participation in Tuesdays with Dorie has obviously become rather sporadic of late. I’m thinking with the line-up of recipes for October that I should be able to manage for the most part, but who knows, right?
Anyway, I did get my act together enough to make this week’s recipe, chosen by Garrett of Flavor of Vanilla, for the Split Level Pudding – in my case with a layer of Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut spread, that, though not as smooth, definitely rivals Nutella in a taste test. The recipe for the spread comes from Gale Gand and as soon as I get organized just a bit more, I will share the recipe here as well.
The only other change I made to the recipe was to make a one-third portion, which was just perfect for two 4 oz servings, which is all I needed since it was only myself and my two little kiddos eating the pudding. I layered about two tablespoons of the chocolate hazelnut spread in the bottom of each ramekin and then made the pudding, which literally took about 5 minutes. I skipped all the stovetop directions and food processor as well since it was such a small amount to manage. If I were making the full version of the recipe, I would probably go ahead and take advantage of the food processor, but the microwave was just faster and easier in this case.
I really enjoyed the pudding – which was a little surprising for me since I usually don’t enjoy puddings much at all (unless they are in a pie or tart shell). I think I liked it more here because of the texture of the hazelnut spread – and of course all those pretty chocolate curls on top don’t hurt anything either!

I am still bummed at myself that I didn’t get my act together enough to make the tart last week, and it is definitely on my to-do list for some time when I have more energy and time because I’ve had that recipe bookmarked for a long time.

My apologies to my fellow TWDer’s for all my slacking lately, but since I know you understand, I won’t whine about it more here. As for my pregnancy, it is going as well as we can expect – which is to say, I’m still sick and we’re still waiting to see what happens when the third trimester rolls around in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’ve started feeling the baby bumping around in there, so that is good and on time. We still haven’t found out what we are having since the Doctor wants to do an in depth ultrasound with us on the 15th – so an announcement one way or the other is eminent!
Thank you again and again you all for visiting! I treasure all your comments and hope to get some time and energy soon visit your blogs and get caught up – I have been so out of touch!
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Clivia October 6, 2009 at 10:50 am

Lovely photos! I was hoping someone would do the chocolate swirls.

Engineer Baker October 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I'm so impressed that you're still managing to do even *some* of these recipes – I hope the third trimester goes more smoothly than you're fearing *hugs*
As for the pudding? Fan-freaking-tastic! Homemade nutella + cute chocolate curls makes for one beautiful dessert.

amanda October 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Yum, it looks delicious! Homemade hazelnut spread?! Can't wait for that recipe.

I am amazed that with 2 kids AND being pregnant, you find any time or energy to cook. I've gotten a 3rd trimester energy boost these past few weeks but up until then, my kitchen hadn't been used in months!

terrablt October 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm

These photos should be X-rated: that's how good they are!
Oh, sweet temptation, why do you lure me with chocolate-hazelnutty perfection?

Jules Someone October 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm

It's pretty impressing that you managed to make pudding at all. And, it looks amazing! Hope you're feeling better soon. Before the baby is born, at any rate.

6p00e5502e1c018834 October 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm

This looks delicious – I'm especially fond of the hazelnut spread idea!

Dolce October 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Pudding with Nutella? It's got to be good 🙂

Barbara Bakes October 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Beautiful pictures! I just want to pick up the spoon and dig in!

Anne October 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm

That pudding looks amazing Holly- get feeling better soon!

Deanna October 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm

You really took some beautiful photos here! The subject isn't the easiest, but you've really done a wonderfully decadent job!

vibi October 6, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Mmmmmm… hazelnut! What a great combination! Very appropriate for the season too!

Mary Ann October 6, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Did you just say homemade Nutella???
I probably would have made this if I could've had your combination.

Carol Peterman October 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Homemade hazelnut spread had to have been killer with this. I like Gale Gand's recipes; they always seem to work well. I am with you that the texture contrast between the pudding and ganache was a great treat.

FabFrugalFood October 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I think God probably created hazelnuts just to be eaten with chocolate! They are soooooooooo yummy together. Will put this recipe on my "must try" list.

Paula - bell'alimento October 7, 2009 at 12:40 am

YUM! Looks scrumptious! Beautiful shots! I'm mad for anything Nutella so I def must give this a try!

TeaLady October 7, 2009 at 12:58 am

Wowza!! Homemade nutella and the pudding works. Lucky you. Pud was good, but never did sit. Hang in, almost over. 3rd Tri hunh!!

Erin@The Sweet Life October 7, 2009 at 1:13 am

Your pudding pictures are beautiful! And I'm intrigued by your homemade chocolate hazelnut spread…I very recently discovered Nutella and I've developed quite an addiction! I bet it was WONDERFUL with the pudding.

Si October 7, 2009 at 2:16 am

Wow. Yum. Any leftovers?

Jodie October 7, 2009 at 3:25 am

Gorgeous! I love the shavings on top. Good call on the hazelnut- my husband would love that.
Good luck next week on your ultrasound!

Becky October 7, 2009 at 5:39 am

glad to hear you are doing well. i am in love with nutella so i'm excited to hear/read more about this spread!

i loved this recipe.

steph- whisk/spoon October 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm

looks so great, and beautiful chocolate curls! and am interested to read more about your choc-hazel spread…i never eat store-bought nutella b/c of all the extra "modified" oils in it, but it is one of the worlds greatest flavor combos, so i'd love to make a homemade version!

Susan October 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Oooo! Homemade nutella! Your pudding looks amazing! Beautiful pictures.

Michelle October 9, 2009 at 3:30 am

Love the little jars…so cute. Yep I love jars, bet you can't tell I also like to can! 🙂

Jess October 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Gorgeous pictures (love those little chocolate curls!) and the hazelnut pudding sounds fantastic. You're in the pregnancy home stretch – hang in there!

pinkstripes October 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Love that you made chocolate hazelnut. Your pudding looks great!

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