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Decadent, freeze-ahead chocolate puds with deliciously saucy centres. Follow along in our step-by-step recipe video to see how it’s done.
Makes: 6
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs:Mid-price

 

Ingredients

 

    • Melted butter, for greasing

 

    • 200g bar dark chocolate, broken into pieces

 

    • 100g (3½oz) unsalted butter

 

    • 4tsp brandy

 

    • 4 level tbsp icing sugar

 

    • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature

 

    • Creme fraiche and sprigs of mint, to serve

 

    • 6 x 7cm (2¾in) cooking rings

 

    • Baking tray and baking parchment

 

 

Method

 

 

    1. Butter the insides of cooking rings and place each one on a square of baking parchment, on a baking tray. Line inside rings with a strip of baking parchment and brush generously with butter. Place tray in fridge to chill butter.

 

    1. Melt the chocolate and butter together and stir in the brandy and icing sugar. Gently stir in the egg whites — if the mixture looks curdled, use a stick blender to blend it until it’s smooth.

 

    1. Pour the mixture into the cooking rings, leave to cool, then place the baking tray in the freezer. Once frozen, cover, and label. Freeze for up to 1 month.

 

    1. To serve: Set the oven to gas mark 6 or 200°C. Place the required number of puddings on to a baking sheet, keeping the square of baking parchment on the base. Place in the centre of the oven and cook for about 15-20 mins, watching them closely after 15 mins. They should be set around the edges, but still look slightly runny in the centre. A fine skewer inserted into the middle of a pudding should feel slightly warm, indicating that the centre has defrosted.

 

    1. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and place each pudding on a serving plate. Pull out baking parchment from the base. Lift up the rings and peel away the baking parchment.

 

    1. Top with a blob of creme fraiche and a mint sprig.

 

 

Nutritional information per portion

 

 

fat 25.0g saturates 15.0g calories 390(kcal)

 

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.