Easy to make, but the results are excellent every time. It may be a traditional pudding, but it remains a crowd pleaser even today.
Chocolate Steamed PuddingServes: 6
Ingredients:50g (1 3/4 oz) unsweetened plain cooking chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
110g (4 oz) plain flour
110g (4 oz) caster sugar
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
125ml (1/2 cup) skimmed milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp freshly-grated nutmeg
75g (2 3/4 oz) hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
butter, for greasing
Method:Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, either in a microwave or over a pan of just simmering water.
In a food processor, combine the flour, caster sugar, cocoa powder, milk, egg, baking powder and nutmeg. Blend for 1 minute at low speed then add the melted chocolate and blend for 1 minute at high speed. Now fold in the hazelnuts.
Lightly grease a 1.2l (5 cup) pudding basin with butter. Spoon in the batter then cover with a lid or a pleated double sheet of kitchen foil and tie securely with string.
Set the basin on a rack set in the base of a saucepan. Pour the boiling water into the pan to come 3/4 of the way up the sides of the basin. Place over medium heat, cover with a lid and cook for about 90 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the pudding emerges cleanly.
Remove the pudding from the pan and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge to loosen then invert onto a serving dish.
Serve accompanied by vanilla custard.