I just made a modified version of this coconut chocolate pudding, and it was all that. I mean, I'd show you a photo but Scott and I inhaled it before we had a chance to, um, document it.
I had about 6 oz of full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk, something I never keep in the house, but which I bought to try making whipped coconut milk (i.e. whipped cream without dairy). Didn't work so well for that - my can of coconut milk was quite emulsified and I couldn't subtract enough of the water liquid to make the solids entirely whip-able.
Interesting fact about me: I loathe coconut in savoury food. That slick greasiness creeps me out. And I feel its taste competes with everything else. I LOVE it, however, in dessert. Side note: while in the NC mountains, I had one of the best coconut cream pies I've ever tasted - and trust me I try every one I've come into contact with. If you find yourself in the area, definitely check out Eat Crow.
At any rate, I just adjusted the ratios of ingredients to suit the amount of coconut milk I had on hand, using slightly less than half (or half, in the case of the corn starch) of those other goodies.
Production took me 10 minutes, from start to finish, and 90 minutes cooling in the fridge, though I could happily have eaten it hot.
The texture of this pudding is perfect. Totally smooth and rich. It doesn't incline itself to lumps because there are no eggs - just corn starch - to thicken it. The coconut milk is so rich it obviates the need for eggs for either taste or mouth feel.
It's so elegant that, in a ramekin, with artfully placed berries and a drizzle of salted caramel (or whipped cream), it would make a lovely dinner party end-of-meal.
Note: I didn't add extra coconut (I didn't have any on hand, and besides Scott kind of hates it) and I could not taste any coconut flavour. It was entirely dark-chocolatey. So, unless you have an allergy to the stuff, you can happily make use of its slickening properties in this recipe, without worrying about feeling overwhelmed.
Have you ever made this or something similar? What do you think?