Hot Chocolate Puddings

I love this recipe for so many reasons. Firstly it is so, so easy but looks so skilful and impressive! Also, you can make them early and just pop the ramekins into the oven after dinner.

125g good quality dark chocolate (approx 70% cocoa solids), chopped.
125g butter, cubed
3 large free range/organic eggs
150g sugar
35g plain flour
butter and flour for the ramekins

Put the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, whisking until melted. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and flour until just blended. Gradually whisk in the (slightly cooled) chocolate. Set aside to rest.

Grease four 250ml ramekins with the butter, add the flour to cover the butter and tap lightly to get rid of the excess flour.

Pour the mixture into the ramekins and sit on a baking tray. Place in a pre-heat the oven at 200°c for 10-12 mins, until the tops are firm and cracking slightly. Serve immediately with a jug of cold cream.

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