Saucy Chocolate Pudding with Toasted Almonds

, from Issue #31. September, 2015
Photography by Nick Tresidder.
Saucy Chocolate Pudding with Toasted Almonds

Serves: 6–8


125 grams plain flour 
75 grams caster sugar 
2 teaspoons baking powder
2½ tablespoons cocoa 
50 grams ground almonds
100 grams dark chocolate, chopped 
175 ml milk 
50 grams butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
few drops vanilla extract
30 grams flaked, roasted almonds*

175 grams brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
4 tablespoons whisky
100 ml cream
100 ml boiling water

To serve
extra roasted almonds 
ice cream


Preheat the oven to 180ºC and lightly grease a 750 ml (3 cup) ceramic pie dish. 

Sift the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and cocoa into a bowl then stir in the ground almonds and chocolate. 

Combine the milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla then mix into the dry ingredients. Sprinkle half of the almonds into the base of the prepared dish then pour the mixture over the top.

Combine the brown sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over the pudding. Combine the whisky and cream in a jug then add the boiling water.  Pour the liquid carefully and evenly over the batter.

Bake 40–45 minutes or until the pudding feels firm to the touch when pressed lightly. Serve hot, spooned into bowls with a sprinkling of roasted almonds and a scoop of  ice cream if desired.