Okay so I know it’s Januaray and you’re all busy doing the duck walk with that idiot Bee Gees lookalike Joe Wicks, but it’s cold and I need something warm and chocolatey. What could be better than cardamom spiced pears baked in chocolate cake? Exactly, literally nothing. So stop chomping on kale for five minutes and lets scoff this pear pudding. You’ve been good for almost two weeks now, it’s time for some oozy chocolatey goodness, you deserve it.
Cardamom, Chocolate & Pear Pudding (As featured in Families First Magazine)
Serves 6 / Takes 1 hour
(You’ll need a pestle and mortar and an oven dish that is roughly 8 inches/6 inches)
130g caster sugar
130g flour plain
25g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
Pinch of salt
10 pods of cardamon, shells discarded and ground
150g butter melted
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
50g dark chocolate
2x 415g tins of pear halves in juice (drained)
Crème fraîche to serve
1. Pre-heat your oven to 190°C (fan 170°C)
2. Butter an oven dish and drain the pears. Line the dish with the pears facing up and put to one side.
3. Carefully bash your cardamom pods to release the cardamom and grind in a pestle and mortar.
4. Put your butter in a small saucepan on a low heat and melt with the powdered cardamom.
5. Meanwhile combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and give it a bit of a mix. Add the melted butter with the cardamom and combine well. Beat in the eggs until you have a gooey chocolate mixture.
6. Pour over the pears and using a spoon distribute the mixture evenly. The mixture will be quite gooey so you may have to spread it to the edges.
7. Break up the dark chocolate and submerge the pieces into the batter evenly and bake for 30-35 minutes. Serve immediately with a dollop of creme fraiche.
If you’ve had a go at making my pear pudding or any of my recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org