Heavenly chocolate pudding

Heavenly chocolate pudding

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Including 1hr 15mins steaming

Easy

Serves 6
A reader from North Devon shares a recipe that’s been a family favourite for over 40 years

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal472
  • fat30g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2.5g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 100g butter or margarine, plus extra for the bowl
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 150ml/¼ pint milk

    Milk

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    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 egg (large or medium)
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 225g self-raising flour, minus 1 heaped tbsp
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

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    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

For the sauce

  • 4 tbsp milk

    Milk

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    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 4 tbsp cream
    Cream

    Cream

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    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate

Method

  1. Butter the inside of a 1.2 litre pudding bowl and line the base with a disc of buttered greaseproof paper.

  2. Melt the butter, syrup and sugar in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk and egg. Add the cocoa to the flour, then tip this mixture into the pan with the cinnamon and soda.

  3. Pour the mixture into the pudding bowl, cover tightly with foil and steam for 11⁄4 hours. Just before the end, heat the sauce ingredients until melted, stirring all the time.

  4. Turn the pudding out (run a knife around the inside of the bowl if necessary) and discard the paper disc. Pour the sauce over the top and serve immediately.

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mamaskitchen
2nd Nov, 2014
5.05
This is amazing. Mine took 30mins longer than the recipe for a skewer to come out clean. Made it ahead, left it in the steamer to keep warm then put it in the microwave for 3 mins. Scrummy chocolate sauce, even with light cream and skimmed milk.
lapinpatricia
25th Jan, 2014
This is a delicious pudding. Easy to make, light and moist sponge, dreamy sauce. I didn't put any cinnamon in because I don't like chocolate with this flavour and I omitted the golden syrup in the sauce as I don't like too much sweetness. It was heavenly served in a little pool of double cream!
sxmscorpio
17th Nov, 2013
This was a fail for me. Although I used another reviewer's tip and microwaved the pudding instead of steaming it. I don't think that was the problem. The pudding was soft and light but not very tasty and the sauce far too bitter. Disappointing.
dinkys11
22nd Feb, 2013
5.05
Wow....! this pudding went down wel! I added a small amount of muscovado sugar to the sauce as I found it a little bitter (maybe I will use I milder chocolate next time) fab fab fab! will def be using this recipe again!!
08rogersr
13th Dec, 2012
5.05
Like to so do this again
rjhardy_uk
29th Apr, 2012
if you really want to cheat this worked fabulously covered in clingfilm and 6 mins in the microwave, no steaming required and was really tasty. I didnt do the sauce just melted some dark chocolate and stirred through custard makes a lovely rich chocolate custard which my kids love
rozicrosie
24th Nov, 2011
Is it 1hr and 15 mins or 11 hrs or 4 hrs?
twar123
20th Oct, 2011
5.05
WOW! This is delicious! When I bit into it I was in chocolate heaven!
w1lmington
26th Aug, 2011
5.05
Made this yesterday for pudding and it was really yummy. I did omit the cinnamon, only because I like my choc cakes/deserts to be uncomplicated. My first experience of steaming a pudding and I don't think that it will be my last. Delish.
biggleswick
16th Aug, 2011
3.05
I looked forward to trying this, because of the delicious-sounding mix of flavours. Having tried it, the cake was certainly tasty, but I'm not convinced that the spicy sponge and chocolate sauce go together that well. It's certainly interesting, I can see why it's a family favourite, although won't be mine. Next time, I'll try with orange liquer-soaked sultanas in the sponge, use light muscovado instead of dark, and use maya gold for the chocolate sauce.

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danni-g22
16th Oct, 2013
was thinking of doing this instead of xmas pudding, could I make it before hand then freeze? how would I thin cook it after ?
Beleaguered
2nd Jan, 2015
Lol Steaming time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. But check after an hour; it's not easy to keep water at a constant simmer, and boiling water (a no-no, but it can happen) will speed up the cooking process.