Chocolate & apricot pud with glossy chocolate sauce

Chocolate & apricot pud with glossy chocolate sauce

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Takes 30-40 minutes, plus 2½ hrs steaming

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Serves 6 - 8
Traditional Christmas pud is not universally popular, especially with children - this wonderfully moist chocolate version could be the answer

Nutrition and extra info

  • You can freeze the pudding for up to two months

Nutrition: per serving for 8

  • kcal665
  • fat44g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre4g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.74g
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  • 200g ready-to-eat dried apricots



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 4 tbsp brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 100g ground almonds


    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 100g softened butter



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

  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten



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

  • 4 tbsp milk



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

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp clear honey

For the sauce

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 284ml carton double cream
  • 1-2 tbsp brandy (optional)



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…


  1. Butter a 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basin and put a circle of greaseproof paper in the base. Put the apricots in a small pan and add the brandy. Bring slowly to the boil, then simmer, turning the apricots occasionally until all the brandy has soaked in. Leave until cool enough to handle.

  2. Tip the ground almonds into a bowl, then sift over the cocoa, flour and baking powder and mix everything together.

  3. In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar together for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.Gradually beat in the eggs and milk.

  4. Chop half the apricots into small pieces. Chop the chocolate into large chunks. Lightly stir the flour mixture into the cake mix, followed by the apricots and chocolate.

  5. Put the remaining whole apricots into the bowl and spoon over the honey. Add the pudding mixture and smooth the top. Cover with double thickness buttered greaseproof paper and tie down. Trim off the excess paper, then overwrap in foil, tucking the ends under the edges of the paper.

  6. Put the basin into a large pan and pour boiling water into the pan, to come halfway up the sides of the basin. Cover and steam for 21⁄2 hours, until it feels firm. (The pudding can be made to this stage up to 2 days ahead. Reheat by steaming for 1 hour, or microwave on medium for 6-8 minutes.)

  7. Towards the end of the cooking time, make the sauce. Break up the chocolate and put in a small pan with the cream and brandy if using. Warm gently, stirring lightly until smooth and glossy.

  8. Cool the pudding in the bowl for 10 minutes, then turn out and serve with the chocolate sauce and cream or good vanilla ice cream.

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23rd Jan, 2014
This is lovely and rich but so light! I wasn't so keen on the apricots so I swapped for fresh Clementines instead and used Orange Liqueur! delicious and very Christmassy!
14th Nov, 2010
First did this amazing alternative to a traditional christmas pud with children in mind, but it was such a success with the adults that I have made it every year for the last 8 years or so and it remains a favourite for both family and friends!
13th Dec, 2009
I just made this, it looks and tastes good. It is my first xmas pudding ever so very excited about it. Good food is always dead on with the recipes.
30th Jun, 2009
I have made this for my 2 boys as they do not like the traditional pudding, it is so rich but very good,have seen another chocolate pudding but it doesnt freeze so I think I will stick with this one again
7th Dec, 2007
Have made this for the last 2 xmas & look forward to serving it again this year - everyone loves it! A great alternative to traditional xmas pud.
27th Nov, 2007
Made this for our first christmas in our own home. It is a fantastic alternative for those like me who hate all things christmas-fruity!
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