Chocolate fondant

Chocolate fondant

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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



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



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



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  • 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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6th Jan, 2017
I'm officially the world's worst baker...but this recipe works perfectly every time...highly recommend!!!! :)
17th Nov, 2016
This recipe is so easy. The hardest part is preparing the moulds. Great for freezing ahead for a dinner party. I don't serve with caramel sauce as I think they are rich enough with ice cream or cream. Will be making again for xmas day.
22nd Aug, 2016
Just AMAZING! Turned out so well even on a first attempt. I would recommend this recipe to anyone :)
24th Mar, 2016
Delicious !! I made this the evening before friends came for dinner, following the recipe exactly. The fondants were fantastic. The only mistake I made was to half the recipe - I wish I had four more in the freezer. I will certainly be making again.
31st Jan, 2016
I absolutely love this recipe. I use 150ml aluminium dariole moulds and follow the recipe exactly and it comes out perfectly every time. I find that, once the melted chocolate has been incorporated, it is important to quickly divide the mixture between the moulds before it starts to thicken too much. It takes 10 minutes in my oven at 180C fan. The fondants turn out of the moulds really easily, heaven on a plate!
30th Dec, 2015
This is an excellent recipe, follow to the letter for fabulous show off pudding . I have made this a few times and it has had great reviews from guests.
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29th Nov, 2015
This was a very easy recipe to follow. However, under instruction number 5 where it says "Tip the fondant batter into a jug, then evenly divide between the moulds". There was nothing to tip because the batter could only be scooped, and not poured because it was not as liquid as described. Despite this, the results were perfect with the gooey center. My family loved it.
19th Aug, 2015
Really easy to follow, quick and easy dessert that doesn't distract from your dinner guests and tasted amazing. Very easy to halve the recipe and just make 4 large ones instead.
17th Jul, 2015
When it says 4 eggs and 4 yolks does that mean 8 in total, 4 normal eggs and 4 with no whites?
dympna kenny
12th Apr, 2015
absolutely perfect and so easy to make - just need to watch you don;t leave them too long in oven to get nice gooey centre - check every 2 minutes after 10 minutes till the tops are set. Delicious served with vanilla ice-cream, fresh cream AND raspberries for an amazing desert.


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