Chocolate fondant

Chocolate fondant

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Cooking time

Cook: 15 mins Prep 45 mins plus chilling

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Makes 9 fondants

A gooey prepare-ahead dessert that's perfect for entertaining - it's all a matter of timing...

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen uncooked
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
581
protein
9g
carbs
52g
fat
40g
saturates
21g
fibre
0g
sugar
30g
salt
0.55g

Ingredients

  • 50g melted butter, for brushing
  • cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 200g butter, in small pieces
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs and 4 yolks
  • 200g plain flour
  • Caramel sauce (see 'Goes well with') and vanilla ice cream or orange sorbet, to serve

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Method

  1. First get your moulds ready. Using upward strokes, heavily brush the melted butter all over the inside of the pudding mould. Place the mould in the fridge or freezer. Brush more melted butter over the chilled butter, then add a good spoonful of cocoa powder into the mould. Tip the mould so the powder completely coats the butter. Tap any excess cocoa back into the jar, then repeat with 1 the next mould.
  2. Place a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, then slowly melt the chocolate and butter together. Remove bowl from the heat and stir until smooth. Leave to cool for about 10 mins.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and yolks together with the sugar until thick and pale and the whisk leaves a trail; use an electric whisk if you want. Sift the flour into the eggs, then beat together.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture in thirds, beating well between each addition, until all the chocolate is added and the mixture is completely combined to a loose cake batter.
  5. Tip the fondant batter into a jug, then evenly divide between the moulds. The fondants can now be frozen for up to a month and cooked from frozen. Chill for at least 20 mins or up to the night before. To bake from frozen, simply carry on as stated, adding 5 mins more to the cooking time.
  6. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the fondants on a baking tray, then cook for 10-12 mins until the tops have formed a crust and they are starting to come away from the sides of their moulds. Remove from the oven, then leave to sit for 1 min before turning out.
  7. Loosen the fondants by moving the tops very gently so they come away from the sides, easing them out of the moulds. Tip each fondant slightly onto your hand so you know it has come away, then tip back into the mould ready to plate up.
  8. Starting from the middle of each plate, squeeze a spiral of caramel sauce – do all the plates you need before you go on to the next stage.
  9. Sit a fondant in the middle of each plate. Using a large spoon dipped in hot water, scoop a ‘quenelle’ of ice cream.
  10. Carefully place the ice cream on top of the fondant, then serve immediately. Repeat with the rest of the fondants.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2008

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louisekscott's picture
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Amazing - really easy to make but highly impressive. Was a hit with all the guests!

avani534's picture
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Brilliant recipe. One of the best fondants Ive ever had. But I had a bit of trouble while baking as I didnt use ramekins or aluminium tins but silicone muffin moulds. Managed to make arnd 20 frm this recipe. And I think bcoz of the silicone moulds, evertime I turn them over, the chocolate oozes out immediately. Any suggestions?

laxtitute's picture
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Ok, I hate to reiterate the sentiments of so many others but these were INCREDIBLE- follow the instructions and it's so easy! I was particularly nervous as was using my mother's oven which is crazy hot, but Gordon's timings and temperatures were spot on! Still enjoying the vast amount of praise recieved for serving these! Btw Mollie, it is 4 whole eggs PLUS 4 yolks, but since I didn't have time to make meringues this time I just used 6 whole eggs and it worked great.

russellwharton's picture

Hi,
is it better to put them in the middle or top of the oven? I followed recepie exactly but put them in middle and they collapsed!

linspedd's picture
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I made this for the first time on Valentines night and was very dubious about it turning out right.....but it was perfect. preperation not too difficult and you can make earlier on in the day and pop in the fridge until your ready. will definately be making again anytime i want to impress!!!!

lilmssquirrel's picture
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Like many others, chocolate fondant was one of those puddings that left me a little nervous (partly from having seen so many disasters on Come Dine With Me) but top marks to Gordon for the comprehensiveness of this recipe.

Made a quarter of the quantity as I wanted to prove that it worked in advance of serving to guests (and as an excuse to eat chocolate!).

Worked first time and was so good, I will admit to licking the plate!

shocktactics69's picture
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Wow, really gorgeous puddings!
Made these twice just as recipe states with a few fresh strawberries on the side and vanilla ice cream on top and were delightful.
Well done Mr Ramsey a great dessert. x

hokuokekai's picture

Hi, probs a really silly question. But is it 4 whole eggs AND 4 egg yolks. Or 4 egg whites and 4 eggs yolks? Just don't want to mess up hah!

maz249's picture
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Attempted these for the first time for Valentines day 2011 and what a result, they came out of the mould perfectly, looked great and tasted amazing! Will definitley do these again as they went down very well with the bloke.

maz249's picture
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Attempted these for the first time for Valentines day 2011 and what a result, they came out of the mould perfectly, looked great and tasted amazing! Will definitley do these again as they went down very well with the bloke.

mel1983's picture
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Absolutely perfect - like everyone else I never made fondants because everyone fails miserably on TV but these were perfect. made them for a birthday dinner party and everyone thought they were divine and couldnt believe I'd made from scratch!

kittybriggs's picture
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I consider myself a good cook - but I am AWFUL at puddings. Except this one. Great and actually works!

xbillybrownx's picture
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Perfect!

loopylynd's picture
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brilliant!! came out perfect and so easy to make and looks so impressive, thanks Gordan x

teresadias's picture

oh, my, god... this is sooo goood!
Easy to do and absolutely wonderful!

mlsjb2's picture
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Fabulous- easy to make and very impressive on the plate. Not to mention delicious!

herbelust's picture
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Good ol' Gordon, follow the recipe to the letter and you cant go wrong, mine fell out of the ramakin. I've also added baily's and orange they both taste amazing...

tjspain's picture

These were wonderful. I made them as dessert for a special birthday dinner, I made a really tangy orange sauce (tons of oranges on the trees) to go with them instead of the caramel just added a bit of sharpness.

mickey01's picture

Used at a dinner party, fantastic recipe! Made them in advance and froze them - they cooked beautifully. Highly recommend to all chocoholics!!!!

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