Squidgy chocolate pear pudding

Squidgy chocolate pear pudding

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(81 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 8

This hot, gooey chocolate pud, with dark chocolate and canned pears, can be made ahead and frozen - a perfect no-fuss dinner party dessert

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal513
  • fat30g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars43g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt1g
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  • 200g butter, plus extra for greasing



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

  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs



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

  • 75g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 410g can pear halves in juice, drained



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

  • 100g plain dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
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  • 25g flaked almonds (optional)
  • cream or ice cream, to serve



    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Lightly grease a roughly 20 x 30cm shallow ovenproof dish. Put the butter in a large saucepan and place over a low heat until just melted. Remove the butter from the heat and stir in the sugar until well combined.

  2. Whisk the eggs together in a large bowl. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar, beating well with a wooden spoon in between each addition. Sift the flour and cocoa powder on top of the egg mixture, then beat hard with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined.

  3. Pour into the prepared tin or dish and nestle the pears into the chocolate batter. Put the chocolate on a board and cut into chunky pieces roughly 1.5cm with a large knife. Scatter the chocolate pieces over the batter and sprinkle with almonds, if you like. Can be frozen at this stage.

  4. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 mins or until the mixture is crusty on the surface and lightly cooked inside. Do not allow to overcook, as the cake will become spongy rather than gooey in the centre. Serve warm with cream or ice cream

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npnp's picture
19th Feb, 2020
Made this today.. so easy and it is very photogenic. Tasty too even if it is just as simple as tinned pears in brownie. Will do again.
20th Jan, 2020
This is such a super pudding. Both the family like it, and it is sophisticated enough for a dinner party. and best of all it can be made ahead and frozen for when you need it.
17th Sep, 2019
I reduced the sugar to 200g. And it was sweet enough. Replaced the pears with quarters of tinned peaches. And it was yummy. Overbaked it a bit by 10 minutes. I should have checked it at 30. Used 100g of flaked almonds and they gave a nice and crunchy taste to it. Served with cream but would work well with vanilla icecream also i think.
2nd Mar, 2019
Really easy and tasty. I was scared about it being undercooked so left in the oven longer than said, which was mistake as it wasn't gooey in the middle. Still tasted great though.
Charlotte Lewis
3rd Feb, 2019
Thought this sounded a bit odd - but it was delicious. I used fresh pears and about 75g of chocolate but otherwise followed quantities. Served with creme fraiche. Went down well with children and adults alike. Cooked for a few minutes longer but took out and allowed to cool and crust over so that it remained gooey in the middle. Easy, impressive and delicious! A winner
7th Jan, 2019
Great pud, easy to make and freezes well. It's seriously rich so crème fraiche might work well to serve it with.
26th Nov, 2018
Oh my goodness, this is a great pudding. I am not the best cook but I took the decision to do this for the first time for a party of 15 (!), x'd the ingredients by 1.5 and it turned out really well. Thank you for this recipe!
29th Jun, 2018
When you don't have much time, but you want (need) something sweet.
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Dakini Melete
30th Mar, 2018
I’m not a desert maker. This is easy and turns out delicious. All my guests have loved it.
Aga girl
18th Mar, 2018
This is a very sweet pudding and I don't think the extra chocolate on top is necessary. I served it with plenty of whipped cream to offset the sweetness.


15th Oct, 2019
If I freeze this, how long should I cook it from frozen?
goodfoodteam's picture
15th Oct, 2019
Thanks for your question. The freezer instructions are as follows: wrap the cooled, unbaked pudding tightly in foil, label and freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, unwrap the pudding and bake from frozen as above in step 4 for 50 mins.
Nadia 76
20th Apr, 2018
I have frozen the batter in an oven proof dish. I’m worried if I put this dish into a hot oven from frozen it will crack. Should I defrost the batter then cook it in the usual way?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Apr, 2018
Thank you for your question. No, if the dish is ovenproof, it should be fine.
25th Jan, 2018
Hi. Can the batter be made up the day before and stored in a container in the fridge? I'm thinking I might try transporting it "deconstructed" and then assemble in the dish for cooking the next day. would taht work? It's eiter that or cooking it the day before and warming through, but I don't want to over cook. Thanks.
Aitcheff's picture
26th Apr, 2020
Hello yes Ive done this. In fact I left the mix in the pan and popped it in the fridge overnight. I assembled and baked it the next day and it was fine. Ive also reheated it after cooking ( in the microwave) and that was fine too.
goodfoodteam's picture
29th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question. We'd suggest trying our freezing suggesting. That way it will also be easier to transport. Wrap the cooled, unbaked pudding tightly in foil, label and freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, unwrap the pudding and bake from frozen as above in step 4 for 50 mins.
20th Dec, 2016
can you make them in individual moulds?
goodfoodteam's picture
20th Dec, 2016
Thanks for your question. You could make these in individual dishes but as we haven't tested the recipe ourselves we can't give you an exact cooking time. You'll need to keep an eye on them from around 10 - 12 mins. Let us know how you get on.
tweetie pie
3rd Oct, 2016
Hi, please could you let me know how long to cook for if making this in individual ramekins? Looks delicious, can't wait to try! :)


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