This year for my husband’s birthday I made these instead of the traditional birthday cake. He didn’t seem to mind. Alas, between you and me, they didn’t exactly turn out as they were supposed to. The plan was to tip them out of their little pots, you see, and serve them on a plate with ice cream. Well the little buggers refused to leave their pots. (Note to self: next time line the sides of the ramekins with greaseproof paper and not just the bottoms :) The important thing is that they tasted good and the kids really liked eating them out of the pots. We ate them with ice cream on the side, and inside the pot, once some of the chocolate had been dug out.
50g soft butter
350g good quality dark chocolate
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50g plain flour
Heat the oven to 200° C
Grease and line 6 medium sized ramekins with greaseproof paper*. Melt the chocolate and leave it to cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs, then add the vanilla. Next add the flour and combine until the mixture is smooth. Add the melted chocolate and mix again until smooth. Pour even amounts of the mixture into the moulds. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Once cooked, remove the puddings from the oven and tip them out onto individual plates (good luck with that :), or serve in their pots, with ice cream on the side.
*Here’s a handy tip for cutting out circles of greaseproof paper.