Heavenly chocolate pudding

Heavenly chocolate pudding

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(14 ratings)

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


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



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



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  • 1 egg (large or medium)



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



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  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
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For the sauce

  • 4 tbsp milk



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  • 4 tbsp cream



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  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

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  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate
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  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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14th Aug, 2011
UN-BELIEVABLE! This is absolutely dreamy. I made double the quantity of of sauce (and made it with Dairy Milk chocolate as I am not a fan of dark chocolate). The sponge is so light and fluffy and the sauce is amazing. I did thicken it with a bit of cornflour and milk, but that's just personal preference. Will most definitely make it again.
12th Aug, 2011
This is Sunday's pudding dilemma sorted. Thank you.
6th May, 2010
A nice easy family pudding, not too rich and really easy to make. If you use a plastic pudding bowl and lid you don't need to bother with buttering or paper (get them from websites selling bowls for making christmas puddings). I used white chocolate for the sauce because that's what I had handy and it made a lovely creamy sauce and looked good against the dark pudding. A bit of orange zest might be a nice addition??
21st Jul, 2009
I just made this, but as muffins, and baked on 190 for 23 minutes and put a piece of chocolate in the middle of each muffin and they turned out amazing!!!!
12th Mar, 2009
Gorgeous, gooey and so easy! I'd double the amount of sauce, though.
3rd Mar, 2009
WOW WOW WOW. So easy to make and so yummy.
19th Nov, 2008
Vicky made this pudding and the italian tuna balls with spaghetti. We managed to find a plastic bowl with a lid which was just the right size to cook the pudding. We found it easy to make and to eat. We would make it agian.
24th Aug, 2008
Beeeeeautiful! Heavenly Chocolate pudding suits it name perfectly.
9th Mar, 2008
I assume the steaming time is one and a quarter hours, or 1hr 15 minutes. At least that's what is said at the top of the recipe.
19th Feb, 2008
did'nt understand steaming time as it stated 11/4 hours


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