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Gavan Knox's Chocolate Pouding Chomeur recipe

Semi-finalist on Food Network’s Great Chocolate Showdown, Gavan Knox sure knows his chocolate. He shares his recipe for syrup-laden chocolate puddings.

Gavan Knox's Chocolate Pouding Chomeur recipe

Makes 4

Preparation time 20 minutes

Cooking time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup chocolate milk
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate (cut into ¼-oz squares)

Sauce

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly grease four individual ¼-L mini-cocottes, ramekins or other ovenproof dishes and place them onto a baking tray.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to work the butter into the flour until a rough, crumbly mixture is achieved. It should be similar to thick breadcrumbs or damp sand. 
  4. Add the milk and chocolate milk, and stir just until the mixture comes together.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared smaller baking dishes. Push two ¼-oz squares of chocolate into the middle of each pudding. Set aside while you prepare the sauce.

Sauce

  1. Combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, water, butter and vanilla in a pan, and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil, remove it from the heat and ladle the sauce over the individual ramekin cakes.
  3. Place the baking tray in the oven, and bake the puddings for about 30 minutes, until a tester inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and let the puddings cool for about 15 minutes before serving. (Be careful, the syrup will be hot!)
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