So it was like christmas for him the other evening when, spurred by a chocolate loving daughter, I made some good old fashioned chocolate puddings, of the self saucing kind! I'm not a huge fan but everyone else in the house likes them, including now darling Joe!
This recipe is so simple and guaranteed to turn out everytime so do try them!
Hot Chocolate Puddings
250gms plain chocolate
50gms soft unsalted butter
120gms caster sugar
Half tsp vanilla extract
50gms plain flour
Pinch of salt
Melt the chocolate in your usual way. Mix the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Then add the eggs, alternatively with spoons of flour, to avoid curdling until you have a smooth batter. Add the vanilla and the salt, then mix in the chocolate using your mixer to make sure it doesn't settle at the bottom of the batter.
Butter your ramekins well and pour the mixture in. Bake in a preheated oven at about 200c for about twelve minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK!!! The top should be cooked and the sides coming away from the ramekins.
Upturn them onto individual plates and serve with gently whipped cream on the side.... Ooooh and raspberries if you have any!!
You can also make these a little bit more "dinner party" by using a chocolate flavoured with spices, Green & Blacks do a few, or by adding a tsp of chilli powder to the mix for a fiery kick! If you do use spiced chocolate use creme fraiche instead of cream and add a few drops of rosewater or orange flower water...