Decadent, freeze-ahead chocolate puds with deliciously saucy centres. Follow along in our step-by-step recipe video to see how it’s done.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Top with a blob of creme fraiche and a mint sprig.
Nutritional information per portion
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.