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Chocolate Pudding for Christmas Pudding Haters With Hot Chocolate Sauce

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Introduction

Christmas pudding isn’t for everyone and, even though I have faith in my pudding’s ability to convert, there’s no point nagging or, indeed, fighting against real, die-hard antipathies. Besides, I have never met a child who likes Christmas pudding, and it seems unfair not to give a treat to everyone.

The joy of this is that you can mix it all up in a processor while the Christmas pudding’s in mid-steam (I dash into the kitchen in the middle of lunch to do just that, with ingredients measured out and ready, and basin prepared) then put it into the top part of the steamer, while the Christmas pud steams in the bottom part. Obviously, you can steam it in a separate pan if you want.

Christmas pudding isn’t for everyone and, even though I have faith in my pudding’s ability to convert, there’s no point nagging or, indeed, fighting against real, die-hard antipathies. Besides, I have never met a child who likes Christmas pudding, and it seems unfair not to give a treat to everyone.

The joy of this is that you can mix it all up in a processor while the Christmas pudding’s in mid-steam (I dash into the kitchen in the middle of lunch to do just that, with ingredients measured out and ready, and basin prepared) then put it into the top part of the steamer, while the Christmas pud steams in the bottom part. Obviously, you can steam it in a separate pan if you want.

Chocolate Pudding for Christmas Pudding Haters With Hot Chocolate Sauce
Photo by Lis Parsons

Ingredients

Serves: 10-16 as part of the feast

Metric Cups

For the Pudding:

  • 175 grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 40 grams cocoa powder
  • 175 grams caster sugar
  • 175 grams soft butter
  • 60 millilitres plain yoghurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

For the Sauce:

  • 125 grams milk chocolate (chopped)
  • 125 grams dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 250 millilitres double cream
  • 75 grams golden syrup
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Pudding:

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 1½ sticks soft butter
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

For the Sauce:

  • 5 ounces milk chocolate (chopped)
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup golden syrup or light corn syrup
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

You will need a 1.7 litre / 3 pint heatproof plastic pudding basin with lid.

  1. Butter your heatproof plastic pudding basin, remembering to grease the lid, too. Make sure you have adequate boiling water in a pan (or a conventional steamer) on the hob to steam the chocolate pud.
  2. Put the flour and cocoa powder into a processor and blitz to get rid of any lumps.
  3. Add all the remaining pudding ingredients to the processor and blitz, for longer this time, to mix. Take the lid off, scrape it down, then put the lid back on for 3 more long pulses, scrape the chocolate batter into the prepared basin, smooth it down (the batter will come only halfway up the basin) and put on the lid. Wrap the basin tightly in foil, so no water could possibly get in, and steam in the boiling water in the pan or steamer for 1½ hours (by which time the pudding will have risen to about 4cm / 1½ inches below the lid). To cook it for longer will do no harm.
  4. To make the sauce, which can easily be done before you eat, and reheated just before you serve the pudding, put all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and place over a gentle heat to melt, stirring every now and again and then whisking, off the heat, at the very end, to combine smoothly.
  5. When the pudding is ready, remove it carefully from the pan or steamer without burning yourself, then unwrap from its foil casing, unclick and remove the lid. Put a plate, or a stand, with a slight lip, on top, flip both upside down, so plate and pudding are the right way up, and wiggle off the basin.
  6. Pour some hot sauce over the pudding, so that it just covers the top and falls in glossy, licking drips down the side, and pour the rest of the sauce into a jug or bowl to be served with a spoon.

You will need a 1.7 litre / 3 pint heatproof plastic pudding basin with lid.

  1. Butter your heatproof plastic pudding basin, remembering to grease the lid, too. Make sure you have adequate boiling water in a pan (or a conventional steamer) on the hob to steam the chocolate pud.
  2. Put the flour and unsweetened cocoa into a processor and blitz to get rid of any lumps.
  3. Add all the remaining pudding ingredients to the processor and blitz, for longer this time, to mix. Take the lid off, scrape it down, then put the lid back on for 3 more long pulses, scrape the chocolate batter into the prepared basin, smooth it down (the batter will come only halfway up the basin) and put on the lid. Wrap the basin tightly in foil, so no water could possibly get in, and steam in the boiling water in the pan or steamer for 1½ hours (by which time the pudding will have risen to about 4cm / 1½ inches below the lid). To cook it for longer will do no harm.
  4. To make the sauce, which can easily be done before you eat, and reheated just before you serve the pudding, put all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and place over a gentle heat to melt, stirring every now and again and then whisking, off the heat, at the very end, to combine smoothly.
  5. When the pudding is ready, remove it carefully from the pan or steamer without burning yourself, then unwrap from its foil casing, unclick and remove the lid. Put a plate, or a stand, with a slight lip, on top, flip both upside down, so plate and pudding are the right way up, and wiggle off the basin.
  6. Pour some hot sauce over the pudding, so that it just covers the top and falls in glossy, licking drips down the side, and pour the rest of the sauce into a jug or bowl to be served with a spoon.

Additional Information

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Weigh all the pudding ingredients the day before, ready to whizz together. Make the chocolate sauce up to 1 week ahead, then cool and chill until needed, reheating gently on the hob or in the microwave.

FREEZE AHEAD TIP: Make and freeze the chocolate sauce for up to 3 months, and reheat as above.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Weigh all the pudding ingredients the day before, ready to whizz together. Make the chocolate sauce up to 1 week ahead, then cool and chill until needed, reheating gently on the hob or in the microwave.

FREEZE AHEAD TIP: Make and freeze the chocolate sauce for up to 3 months, and reheat as above.

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What 3 Others have said

  • Don't know if I'm being a dingbat, but I can't see how many people this serves. Can someone give me an idea please? Thanks :-)

    Posted by rachysetty on 21st December 2015
  • Hi, Just curious, how come your christmas pudding has no dried fruits, etc. thanks. Julie Vidal

    Posted by pmvidal on 18th December 2014
  • I tried this yesterday (yes, I know its way past Christmas) and it was absolutely amazing!!

    Posted by amalif on 8th January 2014
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