There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening, than a warm chocolatey pudding. This one is rich and tasty and absolutely bound to melt away any stresses of the day. It’s soft and moist and so full of flavour. A real decadent treat to warm you through and through.

You will need:

1 x glass 8″ round dish – greased

Ingredients:

Sugar Syrup:

2oz  Butter

2oz  Brown Sugar

1 x Large Tin of pears in juice

(or two large Tbsp of Golden Syrup)

The Pudding:

100g  Dark Chocolate

3.5oz  Butter

3.5oz  Brown Sugar

2 eggs

2 Tbsp Golden Syrup

1 Tbsp Pear Juice (from the tin of pears)

4.5oz  Self Raising Flour

The Topping:

150g Dark Chocolate

Chocolate sprinkles

Method:

Make the sugar syrup first

Put the butter and brown sugar into a sauce pan and heat gently, stirring all the time, until all the sugar has dissolved

Pour into the dish and place in the pears evenly spaced around the sides ( keep the pear juice for the main pudding)

(N.b if you don’t want to make your own syrup you can use 2 large Tbsp Golden Syrup instead and smooth this around the base of the dish and then pop on the pears)

To make the pudding: Melt the dark chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water- stirring all the time until completely melted- set this to one side

Mix together the butter and sugar until nice and creamy then mix in the beaten eggs. Add the syrup, pear juice and melted chocolate and mix in. Fold in the flour and then pour the mixture over the pears until completely covered

Place in the oven at 180 degrees for about 40-55 minutes until solid all the way through

( Chef’s Tip: cover after 20 minutes with silver foil to stop the top becoming too brown)  

Turn out upside down onto a serving plate

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Melt the topping chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until completely melted then pour over the top of the pudding

Cover the cake in sprinkles

Serve when it’s lovely and warm for the best results

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N.b You can of course use ice cream, custard or cream to serve with the cake instead of melted chocolate