Grown Up Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time

30 minutes

Chilling Time

at least 2 hours

Serves

8 people

If Brits are becoming nostalgic for the cakes of yesteryear, I’d like to make the case for a sweet treat precious to my youth — chocolate pudding... but not as you know it. Imagine a gloopy, unctuous chocolate pot enriched with the best chocolate and a grown-up sprinkle of sea salt, ready in minutes for a Friday night fix. Here I’ve poshed it up further with praline, which adds crunch to the creaminess. Don’t scrimp on the chocolate or hesitate with the salt, these are the angels that elevate this to sheer chocolate delight.

Ingredients

  • 30g cornflour
  • 100g sugar
  • 400ml whole milk
  • 200ml double cream
  • 170g 70% Divine Dark Chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • ½ or 1 tsp Maldon sea salt
  • 50g mixed Fairtrade nuts
  • 75g sugar

Method

1

For the pudding

In a heatproof bowl measure out the cornflour, sugar, milk and double cream. Place over a pan of simmering water and heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring regularly. The mixture should start to thicken and coat the back of the spoon.

2

Add the chocolate and salt and whisk it all together until the mixture is thick and glossy. Check the seasoning.

3

Take off the heat and divide the mixture between 8 little glasses.

4

Chill or eat hot, sprinkled with the crushed praline.

5

For the praline

Roughly chop the nuts (e.g. hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia, almonds, pecans). Toast in a dry pan on a high heat for 3 minutes.Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking paper.

6

Put the sugar and 25ml water into a large pan, heat gently until the sugar dissolves, then turn up to high. When the mixture starts to bubble and go golden, add the nuts and stir.

7

Leave to cool then crush.