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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Melting Middle Chocolate Pudding

The way to my (any!) girl's heart is with chocolate!  A rich chocolate fondant, made popular by various cookery shows, cooked in the oven but still with the middle oozing melting chocolate.  A good fondant is fantastic - a poor one is basically a warm chocolate sponge! You may need to experiment a couple of times with the exact cooking time for these - but don't worry, you can have a lot of fun eating the mistakes!

To make 4-6 puddings (depending on size!) here's what you need; 2 eggs, 2 egg yolks, 125 g sugar, 50 g flour, 100 g chocolate 72% cocoa, 100 g butter.

1)  whisk the eggs, egg yolks and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

2)  mix in the flour.

3)  melt the butter and chocolate together.  You can either do this in a microwave on low power or set a bowl over a pan of hot water.

4)  once the butter and chocolate are melted, fold it into the egg and flour mix.

5)  pre-heat your oven to 180C (gas 4).  Grease the inside of your moulds with butter and sprinkle in a little flour.

6)  spoon the chocolate mix into the moulds and cook for 10-15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a minute before carefully taking the pudding from the mould.

The exact time varies depending on the size of the mould and temperature of the mix.  If you have made the mix in advance and stored it in the fridge, the cooking time will be longer.

To check if they are cooked, the top should appear cooked but still "give" if touched and even be slightly "wobbly".