The minute Domestic Sluttery launched Just Desserts, I knew I’d have to get involved – not least because I knew that friend and founder Sian Meades would probably beat me to death with a rolling pin if I didn’t bake something for her.
If you’re throwing a dinner party, these chocolate cups are the perfect dessert choice; they look impressive, they’re super easy to make, they’re cheap to produce, AND they only take 10 minutes in the oven! It’s a basic recipe, but it’s one that works every time. The best thing about these baked pudding cups is that you can make them as fancy or as laid-back as you like. Want to give it a boozy kick? Add a shot of brandy instead of the vanilla extract. Looking to score top marks with your dinner guests? Present your homemade dessert with two big scoops of ice cream, lashings of honey, a sprinkle of icing sugar and a handful of sliced berries.
- 300g of the yummiest dark chocolate you can afford
- 75g of unsalted butter (don’t bother putting it in the fridge, you’ll want it to be soft)
- 125g caster sugar
- 50g of plain flour
- 4 medium eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons of milk
- Icing sugar to decorate
- Ice cream or pouring cream to balance out the extreme chocolatey-ness
- Greaseproof paper
- 6-8 ramekins, pudding tins/dishes or moulds
- Heat the oven to 200°C and pop the baking tray in to warm up.
- Grease your pudding dishes with butter and a pinch of flour. Cut out greaseproof paper circles and line the bases.
- Break your chocolate into manageable pieces and slowly melt over a pan of steaming water, occasionally stirring as you measure out your other ingredients. Once it’s all gooey, resist the temptation to dip your fingers in it – leave it on one side to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with a wooden spoon until it’s nice and creamy (don’t worry, it’s supposed to look that small). Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add each egg one at a time, beating well after each addition, then stir in the flour with a big metal spoon, followed by the chocolate and milk. Don’t forget to use a rubber spatula to ensure minimum waste!
- Spoon out the mixture into your prepared dishes. If you’re going to eat them now, put them on the pre-heated tray and bake in the oven for 9-12 minutes or until the mix has risen and is just firm to touch. Turn out onto a pretty plate (try not to burn your fingers) dust with icing sugar, and serve straight away with a big dollop of ice cream.
- If you want to save them for later, cover with clingfilm and pop them in the fridge for a few hours. When you’re ready to eat them, upwrap and bake as above.
So, you want to get involved too huh? I don’t blame you. Each month the Domestic Sluts will announce a theme (this month it’s chocolate, obviously) and all you have to do is decide what you want to make, bake it, and blog about it, linking back to the Domestic Sluttery site and mentioning the Just Desserts pudding club. Find out more here!