A quick, lower-fat, rich chocolate custard that does not require baking or water baths. No one will ever guess it takes 10 minutes to make! Top with whipped cream before serving.
Beat eggs and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl until combined; set aside.
Whisk milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, brandy, and salt together in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling and thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
Slowly pour 1/2 of the milk mixture into the beaten eggs while stirring; pour mixture back into the saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Do not boil.
Let custard cool to room temperature, at least 10 minutes. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.
Per Serving: 187 calories; protein 8.2g; carbohydrates 25.1g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 102.8mg; sodium 159.3mg.