Chef R.J. Ryan's Chocolate Buddino

Our thanks to Chef Ryan Joyce for this wonderful recipe.



  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water (May not need all of it.)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 6 extra large egg yolks
  • 6 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • Squirt of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt to taste in each glass
  • Whipped cream to top


  1. Bring water to boil.
  2. Combine milk and cream in a pot and warm.
  3. In another pot, place sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder; add the vanilla and mix well off the heat. Add three quarters of the boiling water; whisk together to form thick paste. If it’s too thick, add a bit more water. Whisk in yolks, one ata time. Add milk/cream mixture in 3 separate additions, stirring after each addition.
  4. Put the pan over medium heat and whisk mixture until thickened to the consistency of mayonnaise. Remove from heat and whisk in chopped chocolate.
  5. Pour into glass jars; cover and refrigerate.
  6. To serve, sprinkle sea salt over the top of the pudding. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.Garnish with a mint sprig.

This recipe was featured on Season 28 - Episode 2823.

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