Over the weekend we had some friends round for pudding and board games. I made Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Surprise Pudding, and it turned out pretty well. I would suggest, however, that if you plan to make this, it is VERY rich and people can only eat a small portion of it. The book says it feeds six to eight, but I think you could stretch that a lot further. If I make it again I would also serve it with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream, to tone down the richness of the chocolate sauce a bit. I made this one with some of the dark chocolate I brought back from Switzerland – I still have a few bars left, so hope to make a few more chocolatey things in the near future.
It is an odd recipe to make – you mix up a sort of cake batter that forms the body of the pudding, and put that in a big dish. Then on top of that you sprinkle a significant amount of sugar and cocoa, and then pour on almost a pint of hot water. As it bakes, these three ingredients form a chocolatey sauce that covers the pudding.
The recipe is from How to Eat, and I like that in her family, she says they call it Lemon Surprise pudding – the surprise being that it’s chocolate.