Monday, 8 September 2014

Melting Middle Chocolate Puddings

Readers, I was delighted to be approached by Thorntons a few weeks ago and be asked to take part in a recipe and review blog for one of their hampers.

I received a fantastic Indulgence Celebration Wicker Hamper.   I’m not going to lie, I was so excited when the big box came to the door.  Then there was a lovely wicker hamper inside the big box… THEN… I got to open the hamper and find all these delicious chocolate treats inside!

To view the great range of hampers, visit the Thorntons Online Store
A chocolate lover's dream!

Second confession, the Gooey Caramel Melts disappeared as we watched a film on the first night the hamper was delivered.    I’ll fully review the hamper soon, but in the meantime I have promised Thorntons that I’ll create some chocolate themed recipes, as well as munching my own body weight in my favourite cocoa substance.

My first recipe is a very simple melting middle chocolate pudding.  Turn out these are supposed to be made in ramekins, but after a midnight dash to my local supermarket to find I couldn’t buy them anywhere, I improvised and used a buttered muffin tin, pouring the mix straight into the holes.  The puddings turned out well!

These were delicious and I made them with the 70% Deliciously Dark Chocolate Block which was included in the hamper.

These are so simple and can be whipped up last minute for a dinner party (all it takes is 20 minutes to prep and cook them!)   I based this recipe on one found on BBC Good Food.

Thorntons Melting Middle Chocolate Puddings


Ingredients

Makes 4 mini puddings

90g Thonrtons Dark Chocolate (chopped)
100g butter (chopped)
150g light soft brown sugar
3 large eggs
Splash vanilla extract
50g plain flour

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200c/Fan 180c/Gas 6. Butter four holes of a muffin tin.
2. Put the butter and chocolate into a microwave proof bowl and heat at 30 second intervals until both ingredients are fully melted.  Stir the mix until smooth and set aside for 10-15 minutes to cool.
3. When cooled, mix in the eggs one at a time, whisking each egg in until the mix is smooth and glossy.  Once all eggs are added, stir in the vanilla extract and the sugar.
Adding the eggs - make sure the mix is glossy
4. Sift in the plain flour (with a little height to add air to the mix) and fold in the flour.
5.  Pour the mix into the pre greased holes and tap on the worktop to remove any air bubbles.
6. Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.   Tops should firm but the cake should be squidgy! Remove from cake pan and serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.

Great for making delicious desserts
Disclaimer:   I received the hamper from Thorntons free of charge to create recipes and review products. Any views expressed are my own.

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