Weekend Dessert,Marshmallow Chocolate Pear Pudding

by Lesley on April 18, 2010

Chocolate-pears-rose

Although I haven’t really got a sweet tooth, I like to make a dessert when friends and family come to dinner.

I’d got tinned pears, cocoa and chocolate in the cupboard (I hide the chocolate, otherwise it just goes missing). I also found a packet of marshmallows, which I thought would go very nicely thank you, or it could turn out disastrous, the proof’s in the pudding right?

One of my favourite dessert ladies is Nigella Lawson, so I adapted her chocolate pear pudding recipe, as I’d made it before and it turns out perfect every time.

With the addition of the marshmallows melted in the middle it gives it a soft velvety texture. When it’s cooked it rises above the baking dish, I just leave it to rest for about 20 minutes (it will deflate a bit) but it’s at its best served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Marshmallow Chocolate Pear Pudding

Serves 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cooking Time 30 mins
Ingredients

  • 1 kg Pears in natural juice
  • 125g Plain (all purpose) flour
  • 125g Caster (superfine) sugar
  • 25g Cocoa powder
  • 150g Butter, softened or low fat spread
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 Large free range eggs
  • 2 Handfuls of mini marshmallows

Method

  • Drain the juice from the pears and lay them in rows on the base of the dish
  • Either beat the eggs and add the flour, sugar bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and softened butter using a whisk or blitz the ingredients in a food processor
  • Finally stir in the mini marshmallows
  • Pour the mix over the pears
  • Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated oven 200°C/400°F/Gas 6
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving
  • Serve with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream

Equipment

  • 20cm/8” Square dish
  • Whisk or food processor

Shopping List

  • 1 kg Pears in natural juice
  • 125g Plain (all purpose) flour
  • 125g Caster (superfine) sugar
  • 25g Cocoa powder
  • 150g Butter or low fat spread
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 Large free range eggs
  • 2 Handfuls of mini marshmallows
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Michela April 18, 2010 at 7:47 am

Chocolate and pears is one of my favourite dessert combining! ..I’m sorry for Mrs Nigella, but there’s no match…thumbs up for Lesley!!!
xxxxx

Diane April 18, 2010 at 9:40 am

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Lesley April 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

Excellent ! :o)

Lesley April 20, 2010 at 7:15 am

grazie molto

Anita April 21, 2010 at 4:25 am

Oh wow – this looks amazing. I’m tempted to drop tools now and go make it… Maybe on the week end. I like the marshmallow bit – it’s an interesting twist.

Sophie April 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Chocolate & pears has always been a fantastic dessert combination!!

Your dessert looks just stunning!

DIVINE even!!

Jessica Lee Binder April 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

That’s a pretty crazy ingredient list. I’m so curious. I wish I had a freakin’ oven. Agh

shauniece April 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm

wow looks absolutely GORGEOUS

kim April 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Ohhh i am drooling Les…bravo!

sophia April 24, 2010 at 12:37 am

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth either, but if I ever come over, you MUST make this for me. I insist. Gosh, love the marshmallows in there…and when did pears get so sexy?!

Jenn@slim-shoppin April 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I wish I could say I don’t have a sweet tooth!

That looks outstanding!

Thanks for sharing!

Olive October 3, 2010 at 6:47 am

Sorry if I am blind, but what temperature should this fantastic pud be cooked at?

Barry October 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

oops! sorry Olive…bad hair day! It’s on there for you now…thanks for dropping by :-)

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