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Chocolate Lava Pudding

A delicious self-saucing chocolate pudding


  • melted butter for greasing

  • cocoa powder for dusting

  • 150g dark cooking chocolate

  • 125g unsalted butter

  • 3 x 59g eggs

  • 1/3 cup caster sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 2 tbsp plain flour sifted

  • 1 tsp baking powder sifted

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder sifted

  • pure sifted icing sugar for dusting


  • 1.

    Preheat oven 200C, brush 4 x 1 cup ovenproof dishes with melted butter and dust lightly with cocoa powder.

  • 2.

    Place the prepared dishes on a baking tray

  • 3.

    Stir the chocolate and butter in medium,heavy-based pan over low heat until butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.

  • 4.

    Set aside to cool.

  • 5.

    Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the small bowl of an electric mixer and beat until mixture is pale yellow and thick.

  • 6.

    Add cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture along with the sifted flour, baking powder and cocoa.

  • 7.

    Fold in with large metal spoon until just combined.

  • 8.

    Spoon equal amonuts of the chocolate mixture into the prepared dishes.

  • 9.

    Bake for 12 mins.

  • 10.

    Carefully loosen edges with the tip of a table knife, upturn dishes onto plates giving a gentle shake to turn out.

  • 11.

    Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.


cooking time can depend on the oven so a "trial" run may be necessary to make sure a crust forms around the pudding but it is stil gooey in the middle

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