Contributed by: NAPSA
Simple Desserts Will Have Them Clamoring For S'More
(NAPSA) - The next time you seek a weekday treat or a nice homemade dessert to serve friends who drop by, consider serving something sweet and simple such as pudding. It can be made in a snap with ingredients you have on hand. One to try is S'More Pudding, made with corn starch, an essential ingredient in puddings, cake and pie fillings.
Mix sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in milk and egg yolks until well blended.
Microwave on high (100 percent) power for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring every 1 to 2 minutes. Cook until pudding is thick and has boiled at least 1 minute. Remove from microwave. Stir in butter and vanilla. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours. Layer pudding, marshmallow cream and graham cracker crumbs in individual clear bowls or stemware.
Corn starch is often mixed with flour to produce more tender baked goods and perform like cake flour. For each cup of cake flour called for in a recipe, use 7/8 cup all-purpose flour (1 cup minus 2 tablespoons) plus 2 tablespoons of corn starch. It thickens with a satiny smoothness and glossy appearance and adds no taste of its own to mask the flavor of other foods. Recipes thickened with corn starch have a brighter, more translucent appearance than those thickened with flour. Corn starch has twice the thickening power of flour, so it's necessary to use only half as much.
Corn starch also blends more easily with cold liquids than flour because it doesn't absorb liquid until it's cooked.
Cooking with corn starch is easy when you follow a few simple guidelines:
At the Argo(r) Corn Starch and Kingsford's(r) Corn Starch Web site, www.argostarch.com, you can find more tips and delicious, classic and contemporary recipes.
Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings
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