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Chocolate Puddings with Miso Caramel

The deep, chocolaty flavor of these silky puddings from pastry chef Clarice Lam is intensified by the addition of miso-enriched caramel. The cornstarch in the custard base helps thicken the puddings and keep them from curdling or breaking. Be sure to bring the leftover caramel to the table; its savory, bitter, and sweet flavor will have guests reaching for more.

Ingredients

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  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • ½ cups unsalted butter (4 ounces), cubed and softened, divided
  • ¾ cup heavy cream, warmed
  • ⅔ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons red miso
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, for serving