Sunday, 28 February 2010

Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding


I seem to be getting further and further behind in my posts. I wrote this one last week!

Although the day is bright, the sky is blue and spring can't be far away, we woke to a white snow filled world again this morning and it is feeling distinctly wintery. Unless we have friends over, puddings are a rare event in our house (cakes don't count) but after toiling away sorting out a huge backlog of papers and then getting chilled when venturing out to do the shopping, comfort food was what we needed! Amazingly, I have only made this pudding once before and that must have been at least a decade ago. I remember it as being fairly successful, so not sure why I've failed to repeat the experience until now. The recipe comes from The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook a book I picked up in a remaindered bookshop many years ago. Unlike others I've picked up on a similar whim, I do actually use this one, however occasionally! As there were only two of us I didn't use the full quantities given, but as I couldn't do an exact split, the ratios ended up being rather different to the original recipe. I also fancied spicing it up a bit with cinnamon. This is what I did:
  • Melted 2oz unsalted butter.
  • Beat 2 duck eggs into 4 fl oz milk.
  • Sifted 4oz wholemeal flour, 1 level tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp cocoa and 1 tsp ground cinnamon into a bowl.
  • Stirred in 4oz granulated sugar.
  • Made a well in the centre and poured in the egg mixture followed by the melted butter and mixed it all together.
  • Poured this into a greased pyrex soufflé dish.
  • Broke up 100g bar of dark chocolate 85% and placed in pan with 8 fl oz milk and 3 fl oz water.
  • Stirred over low heat until melted and smooth.
  • Poured over sponge mixture and baked for 30 mins at 180C (gas 4).
  • and baked in a preheated oven at 180C for 30 mins.
  • Dusted with a tsp of icing sugar before serving.
This saucy pudding was as good as I remembered it and certainly did its job well in providing comfort. Despite the large quantity of liquid, the sponge soaked up the majority of the sauce, leaving a light but moist sponge with deliciously gooey patches welling up through it. The dark chocolate sauce, having no extra sweetner, made for a rich but not overly sweet pudding - the way I like them. We had ours with delicious local organic creme fraiche.

26 comments:

  1. Your pudding looks delicious and I am definitely going to try this. I have tried Nigella's version a couple of times, which seems to use almost a pot of cocoa and has been a disaster every time, tasting of undercooked sponge. Putting it back in the oven for a while longer just makes things worse. So next time I want a quick chocolate pudding to satisfy my nephew I will try your version.

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  2. Chocoalte Self Saucing pud is the best invention ever! Not had it since I was a kid ... going to have to make one with loads with whipped cream to melt over!!!

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  3. Kath - Nigella is usually such a star. Not sure I believe that it's only your nephew that likes chocolate pudding!

    Chele - yes it is good. Not at all sure why I havne't made it for so long.

    Mommy Gourmet - yes I liked the volcanic lava look.

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  4. This looks delcious, Janice! These puddings with a sauce underneath are deceptively easy but impressive, aren't they. I have something very similar on my site but using coffee so you have a chocca/mocha 'sludge' (Chocolate up and over pudding). I also know a similar recipe for a pudding with lemon sauce underneath which I will have to dig out.
    h/e

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  5. Thank you Janice

    H/E - I like the sound of the lemon pudding but as I'm not a coffee fan am not convinced by that one.

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  6. Well, no you're right, it's not just my nephew, but he makes an excellent excuse!

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  7. I'll have anything with creme fraiche.....and this self saucing pud looks delish. I had something similar a few days ago at a Michelin star restaurant and it was fab!

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  8. Kath - it's always useful to have a good excuse.

    Kitchen Butterfly - hope for me yet then!

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  9. Gosh this looks a real delight - everyone loves a good choc pud, the saucing can be hard to achieve - yours looks divine!

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  10. I'll let you know when I post the lemon one then!
    h/e

    (Not sure why I called you Janice, probably because Janice had written just before me. Sorry. Perhaps you could change the word Janice to Choclette - and delete this bit in brackets!)

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  11. Seriously dark sauce, Choclette! But it sounds perfect for a cold winter's day..

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  12. That looks delicious. Can't wait to try it. I presume the duck eggs aren't essential though..?

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  13. Mmmm...delicious! I'm sure a portion of that would cheer me up in this freezing weather :D

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  14. Thank you Lucie

    H/E - unable to edit comments, I can only delete them. Happy to do this if you'd like me to, but I'm happy leaving it if you are.

    Celia - I wanted a rich and bitter (ish) sauce to offset the sweetness of the pudding and I think it worked really well.

    Natlaie - I use duck eggs for baking when I can get them as they are particularly good for this purpose, but otherwise use chicken eggs.

    Thanks MaryMoh

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  15. yummy i love these type of recipes :)

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  16. how do u come up with so many chocolate recipes!!

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  17. Snooky Doodle - glad you like it.

    Sweet Soul Creation - I think I've got years worth of chocolate recipes to get through. The more I make the more I keep coming across!

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  18. I love self-saucing puds and especially a chocolate one. I haven't made one for ages though.

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  19. Maybe it's time to try it again Margaret.

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  20. Where can I order one from? :) That looks so good! I had never heard of self-saucing puds before until I saw one on Market Kitchen - have to say yours is loads better!!

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  21. Shucks Giles! You mean there is no traditional Somerset recipe for this?

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  22. This is one of these things that I always mean to make but get put off by the fact that it could possibly turn out a disaster! Maybe I will give it a go now.

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  23. Wow - this looks fabulous. I'm a fan of chocolate pudding and it's always nice to break into it and find it all gooey in the middle!

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  24. Looks and sounds delicious! off to buy the ingredients now!

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