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Nigella’s Sticky Chocolate Pudding

Uncategorized | February 27, 2012 | By

We only eat puddings at the weekend and I try to make something on Saturday that will do for Sunday as well.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to make but it had to be something messy and sticky (more of this later in the week) so sugar was going to feature and I had a big bar of dark chocolate and a new tub of Green and Blacks Cocoa powder.  Some rootling around in the recipe books and I found Nigella Lawson’s  Sticky Chocolate Pudding from ‘How to Eat’.

You make up the pudding mixture and put it in the dish, then cover it with dark brown sugar and cocoa and then pour boiling water over the whole thing!

What happens is that the sponge rises to the top and you have a lovely chocolate sauce in the bottom of the dish.

Lovely, rich, sticky and gooey pud. 

On Saturday I served it with soured cream.  I then divided the remaining pudding into ramekins and on Sunday reheated it in the microwave and served with ice-cream.

I would thoroughly recommend this pud.  You get between 6-9 servings, depending on how greedy you are!

I’m entering this for the February Forever Nigella challenge #12 at Maison Cupcake


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    February 27, 2012

    I reckon this is one of the best type of chocolate puddings. I know it as self-saucing pudding, but it's pretty much the same. Your great photos really show just how saucy this pudding is!!!

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    February 27, 2012

    Thats some chocolate pudding! I was following you all the way with the recipe until you got to the part of 'pour boiling water over the whole thing' – eek! What I want to know is did you hesitate when you poured the water over the mixture?

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    February 27, 2012

    Choclette – yes it is a self-saucing pudding, like the lemon one which has been around for a long time and is very good.
    Kate – goodness, I'm not sure I could eat it for the rest of my life.
    Gardenteacakesandme – nope, never hesitated for a moment. I've done something similar before, indeed I think Nigella's Sticky Toffee Pudding reqhuires the boiling water trick!

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    Grazing Kate
    February 27, 2012

    this recipe is such fun – I've made it too and you never really think it's going to work…..but it does! Really fun pouring over the water

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    Lottie @ Lottiesworldofcakes
    February 27, 2012

    I love these puddings. I haven't tried Nigella's recipe but I use another recipe to make the same kind of thing, it is DELICIOUS! And your photos make it look great! Mmmmmm

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    February 28, 2012

    OH My! These pudding is soo tempting! Love the photos that shows how delicious it is! This is really my kind of dessert!

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    February 28, 2012

    Not many things beat a sticky chocolate pudding! I've never heard of pouring boiling water over a pudding before but am glad to have heard of a new method.

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    February 28, 2012

    Oh my, oh my, oh my!!!!

    I want some hot with custard. Mmmmmmmmmm:P

    Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow, which sounds weird becasue I feel I already know you x

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    February 28, 2012

    Oh good Lord! If those photos aren't food porn then I don;t know what is!

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    February 28, 2012

    I do do love kind of pudding where you get a wonderful sticky sauce which can be scooped up with ice cream or custard and it looks perfectly cooked too!

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    May 12, 2017

    Where is the actual recipe? I don’t see it anywhere on this page.

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      Janice Pattie
      May 12, 2017

      Sorry Amanda, the recipe is copyright to Nigella Lawson and she hasn’t published it online. It is in her book How to Eat. There is a link in the article which will take you to a similar pudding recipe. It’s rare now that I would not include a recipe, however, the post you refer to is from 2012 and was part of a Link Up for Nigella recipes.

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        May 13, 2017

        Oh thanks Janice. My grandmother used to make us this dessert in the 60s and it was always my favourite. Now my daughter has asked for it for Sunday lunch pudding tomorrow and I’ve lost my grandmother’s recipe. I have three of Nigella’s books, but not How to Eat. I’ll do the recipe in the link you provided it.
        Thanks again.

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          Janice Pattie
          May 13, 2017

          You are welcome, it is a lovely pudding.

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    May 24, 2017

    Made this pudding tonight for dinner guests I don’t know what happened but there was no sauce

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      Janice Pattie
      May 24, 2017

      Sorry to hear that Bev, it certainly worked for me. There is always the possibility that your oven is hotter and the sauce has dried up into the cake part, unfortunately, ovens are not all the same. I hope it still tasted good.

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