Individual chocolate, pear & amaretti puddings
Treat guests to these moreish chocolate puddings with a fruit and nut twist. Rich and deliciously decadent, they're the perfect dessert for a dinner party
- Serves: 5 persons
- 150g butter, chopped into cubes
- 100g dark chocolate, broken into squares
- 225g golden caster sugar
- 50g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1tsp almond extract
- 410g can pear halves in juice, drained
- cream or ice cream, to serve (optional)
Step 1Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave for 1-2 mins, stirring occasionally until melted. Alternatively, melt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (ensuring the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Leave to cool for 5 mins. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Step 2Tip the sugar and eggs into a bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 5 mins until thick and foamy – the beaters should leave a trail on the surface for a few seconds when lifted.
Step 3Sift in the flour and cocoa. Pour the melted chocolate mixture around the edge of the bowl and add the almond extract. Use a spatula or metal spoon to fold the ingredients together, trying to keep as much air in the whipped eggs as possible. When fully combined, divide the mixture between five ramekins. Nestle a pear half in the centre of each pudding, then scatter with the amaretti biscuit crumbs. Bake for 15-18 mins, or until set but the centre retains a slight wobble. Serve immediately with cold cream or ice cream.