Squidgy chocolate pear pudding

Squidgy chocolate pear pudding

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(70 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



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  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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21st Jun, 2017
Delicious, quick and simple. Made a half batch for 4 people and just about the right amount. Didn't bother with almonds.
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30th Apr, 2017
We make this a lot. Husband loves it. Mother in law loves it. EVERYONE loves it. Happy days!
18th Mar, 2017
Just made this. So easy. I used dairy-free sunflower spread and gluten-free plain flour. It rose nicely. cooked it for 40 minutes and let it cool for about 15. Gooey but set in the middle like brownie should be. Some of us in the family like ginger and I think that adding very finely chopped stem ginger would be tasty. Will make this again!
5th Mar, 2017
Delicious and easy to make, a real crowd pleaser - went down a storm with the family after Sunday lunch. Definitely making this again. Thumbs up!
15th Feb, 2017
This recipe is brilliant! I made it for Valentine's Day and did half the ingredients to make the dessert for four (though it was really for two... we saved a bit to eat the day after ;) ). It was very quick and simple, only took about 15 minutes to prepare everything, I got everything done and left it ready to pop in the oven after our main course. I made a few little adjustments: I swapped the canned pears for fresh pears, and as my boyfriend forget to stock up on eggs (typical) I used one egg and then a tablespoon of oil, a bit of water and a bit of baking powder. Made no difference that I could tell! Lovely and gooey and a big hit with my chocolate-loving other half :) Would definitely make it again for a dinner party.
3rd Jan, 2017
I made this on New Years day for a family meal, it was lovely! Added a tsp of baking powder and cooked for 45 mins at 180. Brilliant new staple dessert.
19th Dec, 2016
lovely, easy dessert to make. halved quantity. the chocolate sponge mix does seem only enough for 2 servings. But found that once I split the cake mix, pieces of pears and then topped with chocolate pieces (which will melt) there was more than enough for 4 servings. cooked for 30mins in fan oven, turned heat off but left desserts in oven to cook a little longer. Yummy!
5th Jun, 2016
I made this today following the recipe exactly, worked really well - so quick and easy. After reading some tips below I also cut the pears into quarters so they were more evenly distributed and cooked around 15 mins longer than it said as the middle didnt seem cooked after 30 mins. Was a huge hit with the family, and those who didnt like pears were pleased the pears didnt "contaminate" the rest of the pudding so they could have some too! Works great with vanilla ice cream, and also reheated in microwave (30 seconds per small portion). Will definitely make again, maybe try with white choc chunks and another fruit?
9th Apr, 2016
Delicious! Worked really well, but I'd say it served 6 rather than 8! Although maybe that's being generous! Prepared it a few hours earlier and left it in the fridge until time to bake and it was fine. I cooked it for slightly less than the recommended time and it was the perfect mix of gooey and spongey.
8th Oct, 2015
Tasty and so easy to make. I halved the recipe to serve 4 instead of 8 and it was the perfect amount. I baked it for twenty minutes so that it baked but still had plenty of delicious runny chocolate sauce. I used canned pears to save on cooking time but im sure it would be even nicer with fresh pears.


4th Dec, 2015
If i used fresh pears, how long would i have to cook them for?
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14th Dec, 2015
It will rather depend on how ripe the pears are. If they are very ripe, you won't need to precook them at all. If they are quite firm cook them in a small amount of sugar syrup for 15-20 mins or until a cocktail stick can pierce them with little resistance. 


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