Chocolate Pudding Filling

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This filling can be made the day before and refrigerated. Pour off any water that collects on top and stir before using. We use this recipe in the Brooklyn Black-Out Cake and the Devil's Food Cake.  
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INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon plus 1 3/4 teaspoons Dutch-process (alkalized) or Natural cocoa powder
2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water 
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Combine the cocoa and boiling water in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the sugar and chopped chocolate.
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2. Dissolve the cornstarch in cold water in a small bowl and stir to make a paste.

3. Add the dissolved cornstarch paste and salt to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute.
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4. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, pressing it to the surface of the filling. Refrigerate until cool.
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STORAGE

The chocolate pudding is perishable. Keep refrigerated where it will keep for a few days. Does not freeze.
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