Steamed Hot Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

1/2 cup dark chocolate, grated
2 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp brandy
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 Tbsp dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp ground almonds
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp coffee extract or very strong coffee, cooled
icing sugar and grated semi-sweet chocolate, for decoration

Method

  1. Lightly butter a 1-quart pudding dish.
  2. Slowly melt the chocolate with the milk and brandy in a bowl over hot water.
  3. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and cut in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  4. Stir in the sugar, ground almonds, eggs, coffee extract and melted chocolate mixture.
  5. Spoon the batter into the pudding dish, cover with pleated wax paper and foil secured with string. Steam, covered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Turn the pudding out onto a warmed serving plate, dust with icing sugar, and sprinkle with grated chocolate.
  7. Serve hot with custard or cream on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Steam Cuisine