I recently reviewed Chocolate: Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic. This lovely book by my friend and chocolate expert Dom Ramsey is the perfect gift for anyone who loves good chocolate and wants to learn more about its history, how it’s made, where it’s grown, what fair trade and bean-to-bar mean, and even how to make your own chocolate from scratch. There are also lots of delicious recipes, including this gorgeous brownie pudding from one of my favourite chocolatiers, Paul A Young.
Three lucky readers can win their own copy of Chocolate by Dom Ramsey but everyone can enjoy this delicious recipe, which publishers Dorling Kindersley have given me permission to share with you.
Paul A. Young’s Brownie Pudding with Sea-Salted Caramel, Tea & Figs
Extracted from Chocolate by Dom Ramsey, with permission from Dorling Kindersley
This sticky-toffee-brownie pudding hybrid is the ultimate comfort food. It incorporates my award-winning sea-salted caramel, along with chocolate, figs, and tea. If you want to make this the day before, brush the top of the pudding with warm caramel as soon as it comes out of the oven, for a sticky toffee glaze.
Time 50–55 mins
90g (3¼oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
180g (6¼oz) self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
250ml (9fl oz) strong English breakfast tea
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g (7oz) dried figs, chopped
90g (3¼oz) dark muscovado sugar
90g (3¼oz) golden syrup
2 medium eggs
½ tsp sea salt flakes
150g (5½oz) good-quality dark chocolate, 70% cocoa, chopped
roasted cocoa nibs, to decorate (optional)
clotted cream, to serve
For the sauce
200g (7oz) unsalted butter
200g (7oz) dark muscovado sugar
1 tsp sea salt flakes
200ml (7fl oz) double cream
50g (1¾oz) dark milk chocolate, 60% cocoa, chopped
Special Equipment 20 x 25cm (8 x 10in) cake tin
TIP: If dark milk chocolate isn’t available, use good-quality dark chocolate.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Grease the tin, dust lightly with flour, and set aside. Combine the tea, bicarbonate of soda, and figs in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, and then immediately reduce the heat. Simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Once cooled, mix well with a wooden spoon, until the pieces of fi g break down and the mixture forms a paste.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and golden syrup, using a wooden spoon. Add the eggs and whisk together until the mixture is smooth. Mix in the flour and salt until combined.
- Melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water. Add the melted chocolate to the fl our mixture, along with the fi g paste, and mix well.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 30–35 minutes until the pudding has risen and the middle is still slightly gooey.
- Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Melt the butter, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over a medium heat, stirring well to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the double cream and dark milk chocolate, whisking well to combine.
- When ready to serve, cut the pudding into 10–12 pieces and plate them up individually. Pour over the warm sauce, decorate with cocoa nibs, if using, and serve with clotted cream. You can store the pudding, covered in the fridge, for up to 5 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months.
This recipe extract was published with permission from Dorling Kindersley. Chocolate | Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic | Become A Bean-to-Bar Expert is available from Amazon.