Chocolate Pear Pudding

I was reading in the newspapers today about something called “coorie”.   In many ways this is the Scottish version of hygge.  To “coorie in” means to snuggle up and applies to everything from log fires and sheepskins to food, exploring the outdoors – in fact everything that gives a sense of well-being.

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Chocolate Pear Pudding is a great coorie dish. I love it as a Sunday lunch pudding. I can imagine it as an old fashioned nursery pudding in a story book like Peter Pan or Mary Poppins.  Homely, comforting, easy to make and involves chocolate – what more could you want?  I certainly would have no problem in snuggling/coorie in to  it with its soft chocolatey sponge and unctuous, juicy pears.  If you are a chocoholic serve it with more chocolate in the form of a sauce (homemade or your favourite bought one),  although it does make a little sauce of its own where the pears juice mixes with the chocolate sauce at the bottom, or try it with cream or icecream and while you are at it why not both?  Can you ever have too much coorie after all?

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At the moment, of course, pears are in season so it’s easy to use fresh ones – though make sure they aren’t rock hard – but you can easily (and just as happily) used tinned pears in juice. This makes it a very easily made pudding whenever you want it.  The sponge element is just an all in one, thrown together in a bowl and spread over the pears but has a fudgy quality due to the vanilla that means in goes perfectly with the pears, wrapping itself around them in its pillowy softness.   Can you tell that I like this pudding?  So come on, coorie in and give this pudding a go… if not for Sunday lunch then out of a big bowl whilst sitting on the sofa in front of your favourite tv programme   Log fire optional.

Ingredients (serves 6)

For the pudding

  • 3-4 large ripe pears, peeled/cored/quartered or 2x410g tins of pears in juice, drained
  • 150g soft butter (plus more for greasing)
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

For the sauce

  • 100 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 50g butter
  • 250ml double cream
  • 30g caster sugar
  • optional splash of amaretto

Method

  1.  Heat the oven to 175c fan
  2. Butter a 20cm round baking dish
  3. Arrange the pears in the bottom of the baking dish
  4. Put all the rest of the ingredients for the pudding into a food processor or bowl and blitz until a soft mix is formed
  5. Spread over the pears and bake for 30 mins. Allow to sit in bowl for at least 10 mins before serving
  6. Put all the ingredients for chocolate sauce in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring frequently until combined.
  7. Serve by putting a large scoop of the Chocolate Pear Pudding in a bowl and pouring over the warm chocolate sauce.  Add icecream or cream if desired.
  8. Coorie In!

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Listening to: John Langan Band – Bones of Contention, Finbar Furey and Robert Stewart – Aran, Allie Robertson – Traditional Spirit

 

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