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Verses from my Kitchen: Baked Chocolate Pudding

February 23, 2011

Baked Chocolate Pudding

This is my 100th post. A moment to celebrate and recall some of my fondest memories since doing this. It's also a chance to share with you one of my favourite recipes, a baked chocolate pudding that I turn to when I'm in a pinch for time and want something delicious that oozes chocolate goodness for dessert. Serve it with berries or cream or creme fraiche. Either way, this is top shelf.

I love looking back on my first few posts. I like to think that in a short time I've come a long way. As a matter of fact, some of my earliest posts are cringe-worthy, like looking back on old school photos when you thought you could rock a certain outfit for picture day and live to regret it every time someone reaches for the photo album. That's what looking back on my first few images is like. I laugh. I squint and cringe.

Some of my favourite moments since starting this blog aren't even my most popular posts. That's not the point. It's really about the reason behind the post and the coinciding reaction when writing it, like a quiet weeknight dinner for two with my wife when I made Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Figs. It's the memories inspired by old memories that make a dent with me.

I remember the very first image that was accepted by one of the food porn sites. It was an image from Maple Butternut Squash and Sage Soup. I was ecstatic. It was the first of many goals that I reached and I keep on striving and trying to make this blog as enjoyable as I can. I like to think up new recipes, tell stories related to food that often bring up my youth and paint a picture of a man in love with a woman and sharing food along the way.

Like chocolate.

I remember the first time I had it. Maybe not the actual first time, but the first time I recall a moment connected with it. I was young and I tasted it and fireworks went off. And I remember those fireworks. It's the food that often triggers memories. That, and I have a sweet tooth. I have a chocolate sweet tooth.

When I was a kid and my mom would give me some loose change to use at the local variety store, I would immediately grab my little baggie and load up on all the 5 cent sweet stuff I could. I'd start adding everything up and do a quick calculation in my head. I would always have to put back one or two of the nickel sweets. I needed enough money left for chocolate. I couldn't go home without some chocolate to relish.

I'm like a lot of people. I have a love-love relationship with the dark gooey stuff. Like music, it can bring you out of a mood and lift you up. The taste is different every single time and there are so many varieties of chocolate and recipes with chocolate that it's like experiencing it for the very first time every time you have a bite. I love that feeling. And I get that reaction with this recipe. That smooth, velvety soft centre hooks  me every time.

The top is like a chocolate cake, dence and crusted. The inside is soft, warm and rich. It's like the treat inside the treat. Truthfully, it's as if someone has an IV drip of chocolate attached to your mouth. It just keeps giving. Bill Cosby, take that.

This is a super quick and painfully easy recipe to make. It's a three step process that takes no more than 20 minutes, start to to finish. A quick melting of the chocolate and butter on a double boiler. A mixing bowl with eggs, icing sugar and flour stirred until combined and added a bit at a time to the chocolate mix. Lastly, pour it into your one cup ramekin and let it bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Stupid simple.

My type of recipe. My one hundreth post.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!

Baked Chocolate Pudding

The Goods:
  • 100 grams of good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100 grams of Nutella (or just 200 grams of dark chocolate)
  • 100 grams unsalted butter (about 3/4 of a stick)
  • 3 eggs and a pinch of water, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chocolate in a mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water and add the butter. Do not let the bowl touch the water or the chocolate mixture will burn. Stir the chocolate and butter until just melted.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place the eggs, sugar, water, flour and vanilla. Mix until just combined.
  3. A bit at a time, add the chocolate mixture to the mixing bowl. Stir until fully combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into 4 one-cup ramekins and put on a baking tray and on the middle rack of the oven.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the edges are fully set. Serve with cream or berries.
  6. Serves 4.

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At February 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM , Blogger Jan said...

Happy 100th! You have lots to be proud of :)
This pudding looks scrumptious! I might try it with a little peanut butter or almond butter instead of the nutella (I'm sadly allergic to hazelnuts....).

At February 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks so good!!!!

At February 23, 2011 at 3:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness that looks good!

At February 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Diethood.com said...

Happy 100th!!! I am looking forward to the millionth one! :) I love all your food; from the photos to the recipes! You have a talent and I'm so glad that you decided to share that with the rest of the foodie world. You rock!

At February 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM , Blogger A Thought For Food said...

Such a wonderful idea to include nutella in here! And I couldn't agree more... Love anything that's dark and gooey ;-).

Happy 100th Post Anniversary, Michael!

At February 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Now that is a gorgeous dessert, entirely worthy of a 100th post. Yum! Your blog is fantastic, as always!

At February 23, 2011 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thank you Jan! I'm sure it would work wonderfully with those substitutions. Enjoy!

Raptortoe, thank you kindly!

Wow Kate, thank you so much! I appreciate all the comments and the support!

Thank you Brian! It means alot!

Thank you Carolyn! I'm thankful for the support and the kind words, as always!

At February 23, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Wendy Lewicki said...

Happy 100th post to my amazingly kind and talented husband. I love you and as always, am so proud of you....xoxo

At February 23, 2011 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Rosemary said...

wow, how time flies when you are having fun..100 posts... love this receipe!!
You are fantastic and keep it up love your mom

At February 23, 2011 at 7:34 PM , Blogger Debra said...

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At February 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Congrats on 100 posts! I know exactly what you mean about looking back at your first posts. It makes me cringe to look at my own too but it's also great to see your growth too. By the way, your photos of this pudding are gorgeous!

At February 24, 2011 at 2:35 AM , Blogger All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Wow, congratulations on your 100th post. What a wonderful achievement. I haven't really had a chance to look all the way through your blog as yet, but I do now that the photos I have seen beautifully capture the essence of your recipes. I think my main problem with this recipe would be letting it cool enough so that I didn't burn my mouth when digging in.

At February 24, 2011 at 5:52 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

Congrats on the 100th post milestone! This is definitely a great way to celebrate it! The pudding looks fantastic!

At February 24, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Blogger mamashack said...

wow, that looks like something I just had the other night. I am making this at the first available opportunity lol

At February 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Oh, would my family love this!!! THANK YOU!

At February 24, 2011 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Mary said...

OMG! Drool! This looks amazing! Bookmarked!! Beautiful photography!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

At February 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM , Blogger Lucy said...

Happy 100th post! This pudding looks divine - a perfect celebratory treat :)

At February 24, 2011 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Isabelle said...

Definitely a celebration-worthy dish. I love the contrast of crusty and gooey, and the utter simplicity of pure dark chocolate. Congrats on your 100th post!

At February 24, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks to everyone for the comments and the the congrats. I know in the scheme of things 100 posts isn't a huge number but it felt like one to me when I started. Thank you again for the kind words and for taking the time to drop in! I sincerely appreciate it!

At February 27, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, thank god for posting a baked chocolate pudding that isn't evil to make. I use Ina Garten's, and it's freaking delicious but takes about two hours. This looks so much more satisfying.

At March 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am literally drooling.

At March 1, 2011 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

I only have a love love relationship with chocolate! :) This looks divine, and I love the new logo w/ the fork and pen. How clever! Did you design that yourself?

Happy 100th post!

At March 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Jacquelyn, thank you!!

Rachel, I have that same relationship with chocolate. And thank you, I love the new logo as well! I came up with the idea, somebody else executed it.

At March 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM , Blogger Shaina said...

I'm a bit obsessed at the idea of baked pudding with Nutella now. What a great post for #100.

At March 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Ha! Join the club Shaina. Nutella with anything makes it all better! And thank you.

At March 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM , Blogger sasasunakku said...

Happy Blogoversary! This definitely is a winner recipe for a blog birthday ^_^

At April 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I discovered your site via tasty kitchen. Your raspberry souffle drew me in. You baked pudding will have me sticking around! Llhh

At January 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you serve it hot or cold? Or is both fine?


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