Old fashioned hot chocolate pudding with chocolate custard

Old fashioned hot chocolate pudding with chocolate custard
Baked rather than steamed, and with a real homemade chocolate custard this is what my grandmother made on Fridays, to eat after the inevitable fish dish. It may not be as glamorous as some recipes in this
book but it is still a family favourite.

For the pudding

125g unsalted butter, very soft

125g caster sugar

3 large free range eggs, at room


100g self-raising flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons Divine cocoa


1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

30g ground almonds

1 tablespoon milk

For the custard

450ml creamy milk

3 tablespoons Divine cocoa


4 tablespoons caster sugar

1 tablespoon cornflour

2 large free range egg yolks

18cm soufflé dish or deep baking

dish, greased, and a roasting


Heat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3.

Half fill the roasting tin with water and set in the oven to heat up.

Put the soft butter, caster sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, cocoa

powder, vanilla, almonds and milk into the bowl of a food mixer and

beat well until very smooth and thoroughly combined (you can also

do this using a mixing bowl and wooden spoon). Spoon the mixture

into the prepared soufflé dish.

Cut a large square of foil and butter one side. Fold the foil down the

middle to make a pleat (so the pudding can rise), then cover the

dish buttered-side down, making sure the foil is tightly fitting. Put

the dish into the water-filled roasting tin and bake for 1 hour until

firm to the touch.

Meanwhile, make the custard: heat all but 2 tablespoons of the milk

in a medium-sized non-stick pan. Sift the cocoa, sugar and

cornflour into a heatproof bowl. Add the yolks and reserved milk

then stir to make a thick, smooth paste. Stir in the hot milk then

pour the mixture back into the pan and stir gently over a low heat

until the custard thickens – don’t let the mixture boil or the eggs

Photo by Lisa Barber for Divine chocolate.


Main ingredients

Recipe Type
Cakes & Baking, Dessert, Easy, Entertaining

Level of Difficulty

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