Saturday, 18 February 2012

Hot Chocolate Pudding with Custard

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a good spoon, must be in want of a hot chocolate pudding and custard

To paraphrase Gregg off of Masterchef, puddings don't get more indulgent than this.

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, a little pudding is a tasty thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely terrific

To paraphrase Shakespeare, To Eat or Not to Eat. That is blatently not the question. I'll be having seconds ta very much

To paraphrase Meat Loaf, And I would do anything for pudding, I'd run into hell and back, I would do anything for love, I'll never leave a crumb behind and that's a fact.... I would do anything for pudding, but I won't do that*

This pudding was made for medical purposes. When it was really, really cold last week and I realised I'd got home and hadn't taken off my coat for two hours. Hot, rich, decadent Chocolate cake with warm, gooey custard ought to be prescribed on the NHS.

Hot Chocolate Pudding
(Makes 2-3 small ramekins)

50g milk chocolate
75g unsalted butter
50g light brown sugar
Half tbsp golden syrup
90g plain flour, sifted
15g cocoa powder, sifted
Half tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 beaten egg
60ml whole milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease the ramekins
2. Pop the chocolate, butter, sugar and syrup into a small pan and heat gently, stirring slowly until just melted. Set aside to cool
3. Pop the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and stir in the cooled chocolate mix. Add the egg, beat well then add the milk and stir until all the ingredients are combined
4. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and bake for 15-20 minutes or until set
5. Leave to cool for a few minutes in the ramekins before turning out into serving bowls and pouring a very, very generous amount of hot custard over

Baker's notes...
  • Silicone muffin cases would work just as well as ramekins and won't need greasing
  • This recipe is inspired by Gregg Wallace's Gregg's Favourite Puddings: Devil's Chocolate Food Cake- the original recipe was for a 20cm dark chocolate cake with American frosting
  • I didn't make real, proper custard for this as we didn't have any single cream and did I mention how cold it was outside? But fortunately there was my Emergency Tin of Custard sitting at the back of cupboard. And snow is an emergency.

*Run out in the snow to get missing custard ingredients  


  1. Ah Kate again you deliver genius is both prose and kitchen. Divine. Oh and NOTHING beats a tin of custard!

  2. I love your posts, they always make me smile. Hot chocolate pudding with custard is a dessert worthy of any of those greats :-)

  3. Fabulous, and I always use tinned custard, why change something that works so well?

  4. I would feel no shame in using tinned custard, it's great! This is perfect warming up comfort food and I'm sure pudding man Greg would agree.

  5. Just too tempting at the very first sight, and then chocolate merged with custard, wow!! :)

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  6. Greg Wallace would definitely approve! :-)

  7. YUM! Looks really delicious! I used tinned custard too sometimes & they taste great ! Great recipe , will try soon with tinned custard too! :)

  8. You had me at chocolate, but I am of the firm belief that custard makes everything better!

  9. I could have done with this pud today after spending hours out on the allotment freezing and doing lots of hard graft! I adore ALL custard regardless of it's origins. Chocolate pud & custard......Total heaven xx

  10. When I first read this post in my reader, I was thinking in my head 'you don't know what cold should live in Wales' and then I saw whose blog it was and realised you DO live in Wales so you definitely DO know what crazy cold feels like! and so this hot choc pudding is more than necessary! yum! glad it did the trick!

  11. Your posts are just brilliant! I adore old school choc pudding and tinned custard.

  12. *heavy sigh*...why hello baby...where have you been all my life? Wouldn't you like to come back to my bowl?

  13. Ahh, this was one of my favorite puddings growing up! The warmness of custard just cant be beat on a cold day ;)
    Thanks for stopping by Foodness Gracious, have a great day!

  14. Love this post. However you say it I WANT no I NEED chocolate pudding with custard! I'll make sure I get a prescription :)


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