Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a Nigella Super Fan.
I have every book she has ever written (I even have one as an audio book). I have seen every episode of every series and I watch Nigella Christmas every year like it’s Groundhog Day even though I have never cooked Christmas lunch. Seriously, not even once! I follow her on Instagram, I subscribe to her website, I receive emailed recipes daily. You get the idea.
And last week I MET HER. OK, so it wasn’t the sitting-in-my-kitchen, leafing through pages of her latest as-yet-not-published book with her giving me amazing baking advice as I’d fantasised about but I spoke to her and that’s what matters.
Nigella is touring at the moment, so me and my gorgeous friend Ryan went to see her. We had great seats and spent a large portion of the evening laughing at the geriatric ushers. Nigella just sits in a chair being interviewed about her life and food and all that good stuff. Then the second half is a Q&A with the audience. And that’s when I put up my hand and asked her a question and she answered. It was just her and I (and 700 other audience members). She was of course glorious with her absurdly creamy complexion and shiny locks and we chatted about KitchenAid mixers (yes, really) and she laughed and we are now BFFs for life so just shut up.
So this week I made her Chocolate Pear Pudding.
As the weather becomes colder and the evenings darker I do find that I crave warm, comforting puddings and this is exactly that. Some people are put off by the pears so I suppose you could follow this recipe and substitute the pear halves for cooked apple segments maybe? But I would recommend trying this as I never eat pears but love this pudding.
- 2 cans of pear halves in juice
- 125g plain flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- 125g caster sugar
- 150g soft butter (I use unsalted)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- Qtr teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 large (free range) eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Step 1: Pre heat the oven to 200 C (Gas Mark 6). Grease your dish with butter. Drain the two cans of pears of their juice and then place them hump side up in the dish.
Step 2: Place all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix together thoroughly until shiny and smooth. The book recommends a food processor but I don’t have one of those and it works perfectly well in my mixer so I reckon any old electric mixer would do the job.
Step 3: Once completely blended, spoon the mixture into the dish covering the pears. I blob this on in several sections and then use a spatula to spread it. It won’t be perfect but don’t worry it doesn’t have to be. Place the dish on the middle shelf and bake for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Let the dish rest for 5 to 10 minutes or as long as you can stand it before spooning or slicing out a portion to eat immediately. Ideal with a chocolate sauce or hot vanilla custard but I quite like it on it’s own.
Below is the official photo of the pudding from Nigella Express. It makes it look a lot more appealing than mine!
A comforting and deliciously simple pud courtesy of my BFF. You’re welcome.
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