Chocolate fondant

Cook: 15 mins Prep 45 mins plus chilling

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Makes 9 fondants
A gooey prepare-ahead dessert that's perfect for entertaining - it's all a matter of timing...

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen uncooked

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal581
  • fat40g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre0g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.55g
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  • 50g melted butter, for brushing



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

  • cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 200g butter, in small pieces



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

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 egg and 4 yolks



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

  • 200g plain flour
  • Caramel sauce (see 'Goes well with') and vanilla ice cream or orange sorbet, to serve



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  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.

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Comments (274)

brummen86's picture

I have made these puddings myself, but it doesn't taste like chocolate as much as I would love too (as if the chocolate is not that dominant). Did I do something wrong?

I hope somebody can help me.

mistermasterchef's picture

This recipe is legendary! I've made it several times and it is absolute perfection each and every time. As perfect as it is I have even made variations of it, chilli chocolate, chocolate orange, and chocolate and stem ginger are all delicious combo's.

ccgraham's picture

First time I have made fondants and they turned out perfectly! Easy recipe with great results.

lauradfharrop's picture

This is a real show stopper, i made mini ones in silicone baking trays and served them with a swish of strawberry sauce and a mini panacotta on the side, just amazing and very easy!

georginabuckley's picture

1st time making these and they turned out perfectly!! Cant believe how easy they are to make! I thought id died n gone to heaven -served with a good quality ice cream and will be giving these to my guests on my come dine with me night. Great recipe which will be a firm fav in our house from now on. <3 them.

peichienwu's picture

Unbelievably simple and delicious! The best part is that you can cook it from frozen. What a time-saving delight!

wbt_201's picture

Excellent. Just add 1 or 2 more minutes to the cooking time if you want to have more of the cake and less of the fondant!

rayganatra's picture

yummy is the word! simple to make and heavenly to eat!

tonymccann90's picture

I have made these several times and have worked without fail. Great for a dinner party as all the work can be done in advance. People are always impressed when they cut into the centre. Thank you Master Chef for hyping up the failures.

gemma10's picture

delicious and so easy! and not sickly like some people seem to think...
i halved the recipe, used 3 eggs and baked for 10 minutes in a muffin tray. it worked a treat!

880269628's picture

yes,I Chenged ,I Used only 4 eggs.

880269628's picture

It is a very good recipe!
& I cooked it & enjoyed it..
thank you for recipe

hattrick's picture

This is the 100th post! The one and only, pleaser of all pleasers, this desert is my favourite. I would add more chocolate ofcourse, the first time I made this, they turned into successfull mufins, and failed fondant - So now I know two methods in one. just add more chocolate to keep the inside loaded with it so when you cut it open, it'll flows out warm. that's the climax of your meal. Follow the method on here, it will make your day after those good 12 minutes! Makes me want to get a hold of some aluminium molds. :) enjoy!


emsie5's picture

Amazing and so easy to make!! Everyone loved them!!

leo-in-france's picture

Hi Molly Gatens - Yes, it is four whole eggs and four egg yolks. I know it's a lot of eggs, but you will finish up with ten puds, so that's less than one egg per serving.
It's well worth making, it's gorgeous!

leo-in-france's picture

I have made these twice, and am about to make them yet again today.
I found that tinfoil cups work brilliantly, and can be washed and re-used several times.
This is a very forgiving, ' cook and freeze' pud for anyone who cooks regularly for friends.
For the, 'Royal Wedding', I made them for a dozen people arriving at various times throughout the day. All I needed to do was to take the puds from the freezer, and pop them into the oven while the guests ate their first course. Everyone was intrigued by how I was able to produce a, 'class act pud' at a moments notice.
It is well worth making the caramel sauce as well. If you have any left over, (as if!) it comes in useful for caramel creme & ice cream.

nikkidowns's picture

A guaranteed hit! Stunning dessert

avani534's picture

So I finally got the timing right. In the freezer for a day, take it out , and in a pre-heated oven bake for 13 mins. Just letting everyone know in case they had the same problem:) Love the recipe

louisekscott's picture

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


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