Pear & chocolate pudding

Pear & chocolate pudding

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins


Serves 4

A comforting and seasonal pudding for autumn, perfect with a spot of vanilla ice cream

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal557
  • fat25g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs83g
  • sugars65g
  • fibre5g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 100g dried breadcrumbs
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 85g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Mix the crumbs, chocolate and sugar. Melt the butter with the maple syrup, then stir into the dry ingredients.

  2. Put the chopped pears in a 1-litre shallow ovenproof dish. Spoon over the chocolate mixture, then roughly spread to cover the pears. Bake for 25-30 mins. Cool for 10 mins, then serve on its own or with vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

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8th Feb, 2020
This just didn't turn out well for me. It was far too buttery and sweet (and I normally have a sweet tooth) and the textures didn't seem to work well. The breadcrumb mix was just not very nice, and I wish I had made a pear crumble instead!
10th Mar, 2014
A quick but yummy dessert. I would make this again.
27th Jan, 2014
Loved it, used honey instead of maple syrup. Really rich and filling. Had it on its own but will make some chantilly cream next time
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28th Jan, 2013
I didn't have any dried breadcrumbs so I used fresh brown breadcrumbs mixed with a few oats, and only half the amount of sugar in the recipe. I also used Bertolli spread in place of butter (again, about half of what was in the recipe) and a mixture of maple syrup and honey. I had no idea what it was going to turn out like but it was a huge success and I would definitely make it again the same way. Delicious with vanilla ice cream, and worth leaving it to sit for 10 minutes out of the oven as that made the topping crisp up. I must also add that it tasted a lot better than it looked.
26th Nov, 2011
Mmmmmm! Loved it. What a great way to use up some over-ripe pears. I was low on breadcrumbs, but bulked it out with some oats and I skipped the sugar. Exactly the kind of thing you want to eat on a rainy, miserable winter evening.
10th Dec, 2009
Very easy and delicious. My daughter loves it, but my son only likes the chocolate topping!! The first time I made it I hadn't any maple syrup and used honey instead which was fab.
17th Nov, 2009
Delicious. Swapped the maple syrup for 3 balls of preserved ginger..blitzed in food processor+ some ginger syrup. Rich.but gorgeous.
Frantic Flapjack
16th Nov, 2009
This was quick and easy to make but it's not up there as a top pudding. The demerara sugar made the top crunchy but it felt like a mouthful of sugar which was slightly unpleasant.
27th Oct, 2009
Very easy and quick, I found it rather rich to be honest. I think I didn't like the dark chocolate so much so may try it with milk chocolate. And I agree with Amanda, it might be a good interesting change to put apples underneath ;)
24th Oct, 2009
This was very nice, quick to make and made a change. My partner said he thought he could do with a bit of puff pastry with it!


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31st Oct, 2015
Cut the sugar by at least half. I love sweet stuff but this was way too much.
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