Delicious Dishings: Mini Cranberry-Ginger Chocolate Pudding Parfaits

Here’s another guest post from one of my blogger friends-turned-real life friends! Megan of Delicious Dishings and I have shared a lot of stories, laughs, meals, drinks, and desserts together. She is one of the nicest, most sincere, and passionate  bloggers I know and I’m happy to call her my friend. We both have a deep appreciation for sweets, and I’m always drooling over her culinary creations!

I have something to confess. Like Bianca, I am also a chocoholic — maybe that’s why we became friends! Because of our shared affinity for all things chocolate, when Bianca asked me to write a guest post for her, I knew I had to make something chocolate. And dark chocolate pudding sounded like just the thing.

But a simple chocolate pudding is nothing special or unusual, so I spruced it up with homemade cranberry sauce and some candied ginger. Not only do these accompaniments amp up the flavor but they also turn this into a perfect dessert for the holidays. (Speaking of holidays, I hope Bianca is having a fabulous time with her family in the Philippines!)

Oh, and another thing Bianca and I have in common: We both love mini desserts. So naturally, I made mini pudding parfaits. Serve these in your prettiest small glasses or dishes. I got these little glasses from Crate & Barrel and use them often for mini desserts.

Mini Cranberry-Ginger Chocolate Pudding Parfaits

Makes 6 mini parfaits

Cranberry Sauce (adapted from Eats Well With Others)

6 ounces fresh cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon cranberry juice
1/4 cup water

Pudding (adapted from Jean-Georges Vongerichten via Food & Wine, December 2011)
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
4 teaspoons cornstarch
Pinch salt
1 cup half-and-half
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped cream

Candied ginger


Make the cranberry sauce: Combine cranberries, sugar, ginger, cranberry juice, and water in small pot.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Simmer until most of liquid has evaporated and mixture is thick and jellylike. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly.

Transfer cranberry sauce to food processor, and process until smooth. Set aside.

Make the pudding: Sift together sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt in small bowl.

In small pot, whisk together half-and-half and cocoa mixture, and cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat until pudding starts to thicken and bubble, about 4 minutes.

Remove from heat, and stir in chocolate and vanilla.

Assemble the parfaits: Set out six 2-ounce glasses or dishes. Drop 2 teaspoons of cranberry sauce in the bottom of each glass.

Divide the pudding among the 6 glasses.

Top the pudding with another teaspoon of cranberry sauce.

Cover the glasses with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Top each parfait with whipped cream, sprinkle with candied ginger, and serve.

The tart cranberry sauce and spicy candied ginger provide just the right balance for the rich, decadent chocolate pudding. And the mini serving size is just perfect for when you’re craving a little something sweet after dinner.

Do you like candied ginger? What are your favorite ways to use it?


18 Responses to “Delicious Dishings: Mini Cranberry-Ginger Chocolate Pudding Parfaits”

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    Lizzy posted December 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

    That looks so gourmet and delicious! Wow, I’m impressed!

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    Megan posted December 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Aw. Thanks for the kind words. Loved doing a guest post for you since I know how much we love some of the same things!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted December 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Not surprising that Megan came up with a fantastic dessert. So pretty!

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted December 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Not only is this delicious (helloooooooooo chocolate and cranberries) but the presentation is amazing.

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal posted December 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    omg that combination sounds fantastic!!

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    Cara posted December 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Sounds like a winning combination!

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    Reeni posted December 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Love, love, LOVE candied ginger! These look delectable!

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College posted December 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Mmmm pudding is SO a treat of the holidays! This looks great.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted December 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

    What an adorable dessert and great guest post!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted December 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    As always, not only to your desserts just seem so tasty, they always look so beautiful! What a great way to spice up the traditional chocolate pudding!

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    shannon posted December 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    oh my gosh, i love the pairing of cranberry sauce with the chocolate pudding :) and crystallized ginger sounds like a great topper!!

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    Dana posted December 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Wow… so much goodness captured in one mini dessert. Sounds so delicious!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted December 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    This looks really fantastic! I like candied ginger. I like making chocolates with almonds and dried cranberries + candied ginger. So easy and incredibly delicious. I’ve also had a recipe for scones with candied ginger saved for a few years now (I think!) that sounded awesome. Maybe it’s time to finally make them! ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 13, 2011 at 8:30 am

      Oooh almonds + dried cranberries + candied ginger sound like such a great combo!

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    Daisy posted December 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    this is such a cute post and a cute dessert to match!

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    Amy (savory moments) posted December 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    These look so yummy and also very cute!

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    Asmita posted December 22, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Wow ,I love all the flavors. Chocolate , cranberries and the candied ginger. The presentation is adorable. I need to get those glasses.

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    grace posted December 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    i love parfaits, though i usually only make them when i’ve messed up a cake or batch of cookies. :) lovely combination of flavors, obviously!

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