The original recipe of this dessert came from my new recipe book, “A Year of Desserts – 365 Delicious Step by Step Recipes”. I love that book as each and every recipe in there is very different and the amount of desserts in there is just mind boggling!
# – Individual steamed chocolate and fruit pudding with vodka infused chocolate sauce.
Anyway, I made a lot of changes to the original recipe. I guess sometimes you just got to make do with what you’ve got in your pantry and improvise. I substituted cranberries with dried mixed fruits, butter instead of margarine and demerara sugar instead of muscovado.
# – The original recipe.
Not to mention, I totally changed the chocolate sauce from an original honeyed chocolate syrup to a naughty vodka infused one ;)
For the pudding:
- 115 grams of demerara sugar (you can use brown sugar too)
- 75 grams of dried mixed fruits
- 1 eating apple, peeled and chopped
- 115 grams of butter
- 75 grams of flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
For the chocolate sauce:
- 100 grams of dark chocolates (minimum 60%), broken into squares
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 3 tablespoons of vodka
# – First, mix the dried fruits and chopped apples together. Set aside.
# – Then, grease 4 ramekins or pudding bowls with butter.
# – Coat the inside of the ramekins with demarara sugar. Keep the rest of the sugar.
# – This is how the ramekins look like.
# – Divide the mixed fruits into each ramekin. Keep chilled in the fridge.
# – In a mixing bowl, throw in the rest of the demerara sugar, flour, butter, cocoa powder, baking powder and eggs.
# – Beat until everything’s combined.
I would like to mention that at this point, if you can help it, don’t taste the cake batter. Because if you did, you would find it extremely difficult to stop.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
# – Spoon the batter into each ramekin.
# – As the batter is quite thick, tap the ramekins gently to make sure the batter seeps all the way to the bottom of the ramekin.
# – Cover each ramekin with 2 layers of foil and stick it in the steamer for 45 minutes.
In the meantime, it’s time to make the chocolate sauce….
# – Put the chocolate, butter, vanilla essence, honey and vodka in a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for 1 minute on medium high.
# – Stir till the sauce is smooth and glossy. If you don’t have a microwave, you can melt the ingedients in a bowl suspended over a pot of boiling water.
# – 45 minutes later, run a knife along the edge of the pudding and turn it out onto a plate.
# – Serve with the vodka infused chocolate sauce.
# – Individual steamed chocolate and fruit pudding with vodka infused chocolate sauce, DONE!
The chocolate pudding is moist & fluffy but deliciously balanced by the sharpness of the fruits. Perfect for chocolate lovers, the decadent vodka-infused chocolate sauce makes the pudding even richer.
Hope you like this recipe, happy steaming!