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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.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

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.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

Chocolate Pear Pudding
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Yields: 6-8 servings

Metric Cups

For the chocolate pear pudding

  • 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

For the chocolate sauce

  • 200 grams dark chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 120 millilitres strong black coffee or 1 teaspoon instant coffee made up with 120ml / ½cup water from a freshly boiled kettle
  • 90 grams caster sugar
  • 120 millilitres double cream

For the chocolate pear pudding

  • 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

For the chocolate sauce

  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • ½ cup strong black coffee or 1 teaspoon instant coffee made up with 120ml / ½cup water from a freshly boiled kettle
  • 7 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/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.
  6. To make the chocolate sauce, place the chocolate pieces in a heavy based saucepan with the coffee and sugar and melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once it has nearly melted stir in the cream, and once it has made a smooth sauce take off the heat and pour into a jug.
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/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.
  6. To make the chocolate sauce, place the chocolate pieces in a heavy based saucepan with the coffee and sugar and melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once it has nearly melted stir in the cream, and once it has made a smooth sauce take off the heat and pour into a jug.

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What 34 Others have said

  • Easy to make and tastes great. We prepared it in advance and then popped it in the oven as we started our main course. 35 mins later we had a warm, slightly gooey desert. We served with ice cream.

    Posted by Weezarelli on 22nd June 2020
  • Made this pear chocolate pudding today, my hubby loved it served it with chocolate custard!

    Posted by cubbles on 8th May 2020
  • The pears and chocolate make for a very unique flavor combo. Very rich cake that is super easy to prepare.

    Posted by ursula.marie on 18th July 2019
  • Have made this pudding many times and it always works and satisfies the "table". Brilliant!

    Posted by ViolettaG on 30th March 2019
  • Made this and took uncooked to our friends house for dinner, put in oven while we were eating, absolutely delicious. We had it with Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream. It made me dig out and dust off the food processor, why dont I use it more! Will definitely try other fruit variations too.

    Posted by ICantCook on 25th April 2017
  • This is my daughter's favourite cake, but we make it with peaches. We loved it.

    Posted by Jennefer79 on 19th January 2017
  • 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
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