Melting Peppermint Puddings with After Eight

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Who doesn’t like to feel a little gooey inside? These melting chocolate pots of loveliness would make an ideal dessert for a home made Valentines’ dinner menu or could equally be whipped up in larger numbers for a tableful of guests.

Total baking time is an astonishingly short 8 minutes, from start to finish you could have these done in 30 minutes. You could have the batter sat in the dishes in advance and bake them just before serving.

They’re flavoured with a few pieces of broken After Eight mint wafer inside but you might also try the same technique with any left over soft centred chocolates from your Christmas selection tins that are still lurking about.

Pouring the batter from a mixing bowl with a spout makes decanting to the individual dishes easier but isn’t essential.

Melting chocolate puddings with peppermint - perfect dessert for two by MaisonCupcake.com

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These melting peppermint puddings are my entry for this month’s Dead Easy Desserts – which owing to the late start, I have decided to run until the end of February;
I’m also linking them up with Dolly Bakes’ Calendar Cakes  which this month is themed “if it makes you happy”
and this month’s eggy themed Tea Time Treats hosted by Janie at Hedgecombers alternating with Karen at Lavender and Lovage.

Do you melt at the thought of a warm chocolate pudding?

Melting chocolate puddings with peppermint - perfect dessert for two by MaisonCupcake.com

Melting Peppermint Puddings with After Eight

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: 4-6 depending on ramekin size

Serving Size: 1 ramekin per person

Melting Peppermint Puddings with After Eight

A quick and easy dessert suitable for intimate dinners for two or dinner parties alike. They're best served warm and still melting but you can have the batter sat ready to bake in the ramekins in advance.

Adapted from "the essential dark chocolate fondant" in Fabulous Fondant Desserts by Paul Simon (Simon & Schuster)

Ingredients

  • 100g dark cooking chocolate, broken into squares
  • 110g butter
  • 2 tbsp low fat creme fraiche
  • 2 large eggs
  • 50g soft light brown sugar
  • 25g plain flour
  • 8 After Eight mint wafers broken into quarters

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c or gas mark 6.
  2. Grease the ramekins - I used a cake spray - and place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment paper.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or a bowl over simmering water. Once just melted, turn off the heat and fold in the creme fraiche with a metal spoon.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium size mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until smooth. Sieve over the flour and fold in until smooth too.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the mixing bowl and fold until smooth.
  6. Decant the chocolate batter into ramekins to cover the bottoms, place pieces of After Eight on top then cover with the rest of the chocolate batter.
  7. Bake for around 8 minutes, the surface should be cooked but the cakes still wobbly. Serve whilst still warm for best molten effect.

Notes

Makes 4-6 depending on ramekin size

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Recipe post commissioned by After Eight for a fee.

44 comments

    • I was quite chuffed Mardi, I am chomping at the bit to try this out with other fillings now :-)

    • Oh no, work shift on Feb 14, that’s annoying. You’ll just have to celebrate the day after – or eat his for him ;-)

  1. I am amazed that these wee puddings only take 8 minutes to bake, that makes them a very handy recipe to have tucked away for unexpected guests and/or after dinner treats too. I keep all of the glass jars from my favourite French yoghurt, and those jars would be perfect for this recipe. Karen

    • I know – I was really sceptical they’d be done that quick but I went with it and they were fine. The top has a crust but they’re still wobbly. I know just the glass jars you’re talking about – I have some brought back from hols but have so far struggled to get sticky residue off the glass :-(

  2. YUM!!! I have to make these for Jonny, he would go utterly bonkers for them! Thank you so much for sharing with Tea Time Treats.

    Janie x

    PS WD40 gets sticky goo off of glass ;)

  3. These look amazing Sarah. I want to make them now. Of course using leftover chocolates also means they qualify for Credit Crunch Munch.

  4. It is amazing that these little pots can be made in under 30 minutes. My in laws have a box of after eights stashed away in their kitchen cupboard, its time for me to raid that. Love your presentation too.

  5. Never mind melting at the thought, I’m almost fainting – even more so as I’m on a fast day. Love these sort of puds and they are ideal for making ahead. Sadly, we have no Christmas chocolates left.

    • Thanks – it wasn’t too overpowering either. 1.5 after eights per pud seems right balance.

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