Kathy maintains she could live forever on a desert island on a diet of boiled shrimp and chocolate pudding – her favorite foods. The combination may not appeal to many palates, but this pudding will.
Melt butter in a small pan, and set aside. In a separate pan, warm milk. Stir cocoa and boiling water together to make a paste, then mix in 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt and add to the warm milk. Add the cocoa-butter mixture and the beaten egg. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until thickened, 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t let mixture boil. Remove from heat and mix in remaining tablespoon of butter and the vanilla.