Chocolate Alternative Christmas Pudding

Posted 26 December 2010 by

Christmas pudding is one of the iconic dishes for Christmas dinner, but lots of people aren’t that keen. Obviously, there are countless alternative dessert out there, and many people would prefer a lighter option. However, if you’re looking for something that’s as dense and rich as traditional Christmas pudding, just without all the dried fruit, this chocolate alternative Christmas pudding might be just the thing. It really is rich, (you only need a small portion at a time, and it might be worth saving it for a few hours after the turkey has been eaten) and has the kind of intense chocolatey decadence that’s only right for Christmas.

Chocolate alternative Christmas pudding, cooked and cut to serve.

This recipe is adapted from one by Safeway (remember them?) and BBC GoodFood and is a microwave recipe. You can do it in a conventional oven though, details below. The pudding contains breadcrumbs, cocoa and lots and lots of chocolate. It’s also very quick & easy to whip up while you’re waiting for the turkey to digest, especially if you prepare a few bits the day before.

Ingredients:

  • 150 g plain chocolate
  • 175 g light brown sugar
  • 120 ml double cream
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 25 g cocoa
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 100 g white breadcrumbs
  • 150 g white chocolate (chips, buttons or chopped)
  • 100 g milk chocolate (chips, buttons or chopped)

Melt the plain chocolate, half of the sugar and cream together in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, (stir a couple of times as it melts). Let the mixture cool.

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Beat together the butter, rest of the sugar, eggs, cocoa and flour.

Beaten eggs, flour, butter, sugar and cocoa for chocolate Christmas pudding

Mix with the plain chocolate/cream mixture and add the breadcrumbs and the milk and white chocolate. In a covered pudding basin or something similar, microwave the pudding on medium for 9-10 minutes. This time is based on a 600-700W microwave, so check your wattage. Let the pudding stand for 5 minutes before serving with brandy butter or cream.

Cooked alternative chocolate Christmas pudding

I’ve never cooked this in a conventional oven, but the recipe says that you can bake the chocolate pudding at 180¬į C for 45 minutes.

Check out my other essential dishes for Christmas dinner.

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4 Responses to Chocolate Alternative Christmas Pudding

  1. Andrea says:

    I’ve made this pudding for years from a old Safeway leaflet and last year I lost it . Ive tried to guess at the quantites with limited success -so my family will thank you for publishing this for this Xmas I;m sure . I thought it had a little mixed peel in it ? It really is very special not just for Xmas and relatively quick to do. Thansk again

    • Debbie says:

      Yes, you’re absolutely right Andrea – original recipe includes 100g of cut mixed peel, but my family prefers it without. I hope yours is a success!

  2. Jennifer says:

    So happy!! I too have made this recipe for Xmas dinner for years from an old Safeway leaflet. We have had a new kitchen this year and I seem to have misplaced a box of tried and tested recipes, including this one! My kids love it (I too have always left out the peel) and I don’t think our Christmas dinner would be the same without it! Thanks!!

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