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Bitter Chocolate Puddings – Baked & Delicious

Bitter Chocolate Puddings

Book Reviews, Pudding | 7th March 2011 | By

Call them molten lava puds, chocolate fondants or bitter chocolate puddings as I have here, they’re one of the best chocolate puddings ever. They’re really easy to make too. Can be prepared in advance which makes them perfect dinner party fare.

There’s a new baking magazine on the block, Baked & Delicious and I was sent the first issue to look at. I’m a complete sucker for cookery books, but in recent years I’ve managed to restrain myself from buying magazines. Now temptation has crossed my path, I’m trying hard to overcome my acquisitive instincts.

Baked & Delicious

Although, the magazine is quite small & slim with only 26 pages, I was quite taken by it. I found it has a clear uncluttered layout and I don’t feel overwhelmed by excessive content. The instructions are clear and simple. But I reckon they sometimes assume a grasp of baking beyond novice level. For example, no mention is made of which part of the oven to bake in. And this is often a critical factor.

Baked & Delicious

As one might expect, the pictures are gorgeous and made me want to get baking straight away. One of the things I particularly liked about this publication is that there is no advertising (other than for the magazine itself). In addition to the recipes, there’s a technical section on making choux pastry and another on getting the best from silicone bakeware.

Inside Baked & Delicious

Each recipe falls into one of seven categories:

  1. Classic Cakes
  2. Bread & Savouries
  3. Patisserie & Fancy Cakes
  4. Celebration Cakes
  5. Biscuits & Bakes
  6. Desserts
  7. Better Baking Techniques

As well as all of this, each issue comes with some silicone bakeware. The first issue came with six colourful silicone cupcake cases. As a keen user of silicone moulds, this alone is a siren call to subscribe. I haven’t yet used my cupcake cases, but will certainly have occasion to do so.

Centre Page of Baked & Delicious

Retailing at £2.99 per issue (£1.99 for the first issue), this is perhaps not the cheapest way of acquiring recipes. After all, there are only eight recipes in total in this issue. But as most of us know it’s not just about acquiring recipes. It’s the food porn photography, the anticipation of not knowing what’s coming next and the chance of finding something unexpected.

Bitter Chocolate Puddings

Here’s one I wasn’t expecting: bitter chocolate puddings.

It’s not like me to deviate from baking with my favourite wholemeal spelt flour, but these bitter chocolate puddings are an exception. It’s essential to keep the mixture as light as possible, so I do use ordinary plain flour for these.

Buy the best chocolate you can afford for these puds. It’s all about the chocolate.

Unlike some of these type of chocolate puddings I’ve made, I managed to tip these out of their cooking bowls really easily. But don’t worry if they get stuck. If you bake them in pretty ramekins, no-one will be any the wiser. And they will taste just as delicious.

One of the really useful things about these bitter chocolate puddings, is that you can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days prior to baking. This makes them ideal for dinner parties. You won’t have to worry about dessert on the day at all. Just remember to pop them into the oven fifteen minutes before you’re ready to serve.

Bitter Chocolate Puddings

My bitter chocolate puddings are probably not be the prettiest puds you’ve ever seen. In any case my photographs certainly didn’t match those in the magazine. But my goodness are they delicious. Each mouthful is pure heaven.

Crispy on the outside and sweetly molten on the inside, they are rich and velvety. And yes those bitter chocolate notes come through. I can’t imagine many puddings tasting much better than these.

I’ve made molten lava puds before, but I think these are the best yet. Anyway, they left me with a smile on my face for some considerable time. Thank goodness I made four and not just two.

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Bitter Chocolate Puddings

One of the easiest to make and most delicoius chocolate puddings ever. Can be prepared well in advance which makes them perfect for dinner parties.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chocolate, pudding
Servings: 4 people


  • 125 g 85% dark chocolate
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 150 g golden caster sugar
  • 60 g (2oz) plain flour - sieved


  • Melt the chocolate with the butter in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot, but not boiling water. Alternatively if you're able to get a gentle heat, melt directly in a saucepan.
  • Whisk the eggs with the sugar until thick and pale.
  • Beat in the chocolate mixture.
  • Fold in the flour.
  • Divide the mixture between four buttered small pudding bowls or large ramekins and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • Bake at 200℃ (400℉, Gas 6) for 15 mins.
  • Turn out onto plates and get stuck in before they cool down too much.


  1. Chele

    7th March 2011 at 7:35 am

    Very jealous lol. Looks like it produces some fab results juding by all the blog posts springing up. That chocolate pud looks like something I’d be able to dive nose first into.

  2. Rhi

    7th March 2011 at 9:47 am

    Thoose sound great, I always find things I cook are never as pretty as they look in the magazine. It’s the taste that counts though!

  3. manu

    7th March 2011 at 10:14 am

    Mhhhh sounds yummy!

  4. Johanna GGG

    7th March 2011 at 12:19 pm

    only 8 recipes in 26 pages! what! that just makes me feel short changed without even buying the magazine – like you I try and avoid buying too many magazines – so tempting when in a long supermarket queue but I have too many around the house already – puds look delish though

  5. Dharm

    7th March 2011 at 12:42 pm

    That looks really good!! Must try it one day

  6. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    7th March 2011 at 1:50 pm

    looks damn fine to me… sounds like a great magazine… nice review x

  7. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes

    7th March 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I rarely buy food magazines, I would rather read blogs and invest in cookbooks. I think magazines have a very specific target audience. Their marketing person contacted me about writing about this on my blog but I thought it wasn’t really for me as I wouldn’t buy this in ‘real life’.

    You’ve done a good job here though Choclette, and those puddings do look mega tempting.

  8. spontaneous-euphoria

    7th March 2011 at 3:10 pm

    looks like a wonderful magazine!

  9. Mia's Bakehouse

    7th March 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The chocolate molten puddings look amazing…. the more gooey in the middle the better I say! One of my my favourite desserts 🙂

  10. Chocolate Here

    7th March 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Nice Choclette, very nice. Right up my street I think!

  11. Janice

    7th March 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I must resist, I must resist. I am a sucker for a new magazine, but not for silicone bakeware. Your pud looks delicious all squidgy and chocolately. Yum.

  12. Grazing Kate

    7th March 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I have that ‘too many recipes, too little time’ feeling at the moment so seriously trying to curtail my recipe purchases.

    will have to ask your advice re silicone cookware. My only attempts with cupcakes and muffins have left half the precious cake inside the case. What am I doing wrong? They’ve been banished to a dark corner of a drawer and I try not to look at them, and use paper ones instead.
    Presumably you’ve tried Nigella’s chocolate pots before? They’re v similar to this recipe – so easy and so scrummy. In fact the only pud that my husband makes.

  13. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)

    8th March 2011 at 6:11 am

    I think these ARE beautiful! I love the chocolate-mess! I am noting the recipe right now.

  14. The Caked Crusader

    8th March 2011 at 8:28 am

    Ooh – I’ve not seen this for sale anywhere – any ideas who’s stocking it?

  15. Suman singh

    8th March 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Lucky you..That chocolate pudding looks AMAZINGLY delicious!

  16. Nicisme

    8th March 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Those look better than the ones in the magazine! YUM!

  17. Liz

    8th March 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Gorgeous, definitely one to make very soon, ecstasy on a plate

  18. Choclette

    9th March 2011 at 6:52 am

    Chele – indeed, diving nose first into this was pretty much what I did.

    Rhi – I guess it’s something to do with the fact we don’t use professional food stylists – or am I assuming too much?

    Manu – thank you

    Johanna – It’s the librarian collector in me – now I just want the complete set.

    Dharm – very quick and easy, so worth a go.

    Dom – thanks

    Joanna – yes, I wonder how hard food magazines have been hit by the proliferation of food blogs and the internet in general?

    SE – thanks for leaving a comment

    Carol – thank you

  19. Choclette

    9th March 2011 at 7:04 am

    Mia’s Bakehouse – I’m with you on the goo 😉

    Gillian – way too nice in fact 😉

    Janice – I’ve heard several bloggers now state they don’t like silicone. Can I ask why? I love it.

    Grazing Kate – your husband makes a pudding! Lucky you. Have to admit I do use paper cases for cupcakes. Like you, the one time I tried using them direct, some of the cake was left behind. Less delicate things, like muffins generally work though. I’ve never had a problem with cake sticking in the larger cake moulds though.

    Brittany – thank you for being so kind.

    CC – Not sure, but you should be able to order a subscription at your local newsagent or direct on the internet.

    Suman – thank you

    Nic – what a lovely thing to say, thank you.

    Liz – you’ve got it!

  20. Hazel

    10th March 2011 at 10:04 pm

    This magazine sounds awesome! I hate that most magazines are almost half adverts.
    Bitter, bitter, bitter… you know I love any bitter dessert! The molten inside sounds so inviting. I think I have to bake these very soon!!

  21. sophiesfoodiefiles

    11th March 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Your chocolate dessert sounds divine & I do feel that your baking result looks fine & ooh so appetizing too!

    MMMMMMM,…!!!! 🙂


    13th March 2011 at 4:55 am

    Oh my goodness, that looks diiivine! Definitely a perfect dessert to end a meal on!

  23. Choclette

    13th March 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hazel, let me know what you thought if you do get around to baking these. Just use a really dark chocolate.

    Sophie – thank you, you say the nicest things 🙂

    Celia – thank you, it was all those egg yolks I think that made it extra special.

  24. Shelley Jessup

    10th March 2013 at 2:00 am

    I have bookmarked this & this needs trying for sure!

  25. Maya Russell

    13th May 2013 at 4:34 am

    Looks like a good recipe book. (Cupcake silicone moulds don’t work for me as the cake sticks anyway!)

    • Choclette

      13th May 2013 at 5:03 am

      I use silicon moulds for virtually all of my baking and have done for years. But I do always run a butter paper around them before filling just to be safe. I’ve only had problems with sticking a couple of times.

  26. Maya Russell

    6th November 2013 at 6:08 am

    Maybe I need to do the butter thing too! Had baked apples this week and poured chocolate sauce over them. Yum!

  27. Tracy K Nixon

    2nd April 2014 at 9:00 am

    Sounds fab! And that bitter chocolate pudding sounds lovely too!


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