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Chocolate Pear Pudding

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Introduction

This is a cross between Pears Belle Helene and Eve's Pudding, but the only important thing to remember is that this is easy, quick, very comforting and seems to please absolutely everyone. It's not hard to ensure you always have what you need in the house to make this. And, for hot days when baked sponge and sauce seems inappropriate, then bear in mind that canned (or bottled) pears and chocolate sauce - with or without vanilla ice cream - make a lovely pudding on their own.

As with any baking, you really do want to have all ingredients at room temperature before you start.

This is a cross between Pears Belle Helene and Eve's Pudding, but the only important thing to remember is that this is easy, quick, very comforting and seems to please absolutely everyone. It's not hard to ensure you always have what you need in the house to make this. And, for hot days when baked sponge and sauce seems inappropriate, then bear in mind that canned (or bottled) pears and chocolate sauce - with or without vanilla ice cream - make a lovely pudding on their own.

As with any baking, you really do want to have all ingredients at room temperature before you start.

Chocolate Pear Pudding
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Serves: 6-8

Metric Cups
  • 830 grams pear halves in juice (2 cans)
  • 125 grams plain flour
  • 25 grams cocoa powder
  • 125 grams caster sugar
  • 150 grams soft butter (plus extra for greasing)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 28 ounces pear halves in juice (2 cans)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ⅔ cup superfine sugar
  • 10 tablespoons soft butter (plus extra for greasing)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6/400ºF and grease a 22cm / 8½ inch square ovenproof dish with butter.
  2. Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish.
  3. Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
  4. Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs - I cut 2 down and 2 across to make 9 slices - and serve with chocolate sauce.
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6/400ºF and grease a 22cm / 8½ inch square ovenproof dish with butter.
  2. Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish.
  3. Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
  4. Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs - I cut 2 down and 2 across to make 9 slices - and serve with chocolate sauce.

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What 28 Others have said

  • Have just made this. Took 5 mins off the bake time which left the middle like molten chocolate!! Absolutely delicious recipe and will definitely become one of my go to puddings

    Posted by Craigsmith on 11th September 2016
  • Always amazing like your other recipe, ur the best!!

    Posted by PrithviSingh on 25th May 2016
  • This pudding is terrific and very easy to make. It also works well made in advance (which is a big thing with me): I've made it all up in advance hours before I need it, then chucked it in the oven at dinner time. It's a good 'big pan' dessert but also works quite well done in ramekins for individual portions.

    Posted by kemery82 on 1st September 2015
  • can fresh pears be used instead?

    Posted by SairM on 4th October 2011
  • hi there.. i'm not a baking expert .. but i tried this.. n it turned out completely wrong.. how can the batter be droopy, if the only liquid in there is the 2 eggs, and 2 tsp of vanilla??!! did i miss something ? please help

    Posted by lavenderic on 30th May 2011
  • can i change pear to peaches ?

    Posted by Mellania on 11th May 2011
  • I love this pudding! The combination of pear with chocolate is great and I especially like the molten chocolate part :)

    Posted by christitheo30 on 16th November 2014
  • Printed this recipe out some time ago and put it in my dessert folder. Finally tried it last night. What was I waiting for! I made it with GF flour, and DF margarine, to cater for food intolerances and it worked a treat. I loved that I could have all the ingredients measured out, the pears ready in the dish. To serve it fresh, it just took a few minutes to mix it in the food processor, put it in the dish and then let it cook while we chatted between courses. I served it warm with custard. I think chocolate sauce might have been a bit too rich for the the oldies in the party. I've now transferred this to my recipe book app where I put my tried and true recipes.

    Posted by Minerva95 on 15th September 2014
  • I'm not sure if it's because my oven is really hot but, I always shorten the cooking time by at least 5 minutes to ensure there is a lot of gooeyness under the spongey top. Yummo scrummo.

    Posted by hindll01 on 5th August 2014
  • Love this recipe but have to say I made it with (unfrozen) sour cherries and raspberries..chocolate and berries go so well together - and since I'm in the east coast of America I could use my picked and frozen berries from the summer...added a bit of cardamon.. love it!!!

    Posted by camilleP on 7th December 2013
  • Just made this! Soooo yummy, glad that I baked it! Just heavenly, so easy quick and simple to make too. Thanks Nigella x

    Posted by jasminefurner on 8th November 2013
  • Absolutely delish and so easy to make..added a bit of ginger..blended well with the chocolate and pears..

    Posted by Alanyalynda on 21st October 2013
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