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Slow Cooker Individual Pear & Chocolate Puddings

 

My slow cooker has really come in handy over the summer here at the Kitchen Shed but now is the time of year for it to be in almost constant use. Over the next few months I hope to bring you a range of winter warmers but the first recipe I want to share with you, a favourite of ours, is more autumnal. There are plenty of pears around at the moment and along with some dark chocolate, pears make a lovely warming pud which is perfect for serving after supper with friends. If you prepare these puds and pop them in the slow cooker before cooking your main course they’ll be ready to eat when you’ve finished your supper. You can serve them cold but we love to dig into the warm mousse like chocolate nestling underneath the pear … delicious.

Ingredients

  • 200 g dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60 g plain flour sifted
  • 3 ripe pears
You will need:
  • 6 ramekins
  • 1 large slow cooker
  • Hot water
  • Melt the chocolate and butter together and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and stir well.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Add the vanilla and stir.
  • Stir the flour into the mixture to combine – don’t over mix.
  • Divide the mixture between the 6 ramekins filling to just over half way.
  • Peel the pears, cut them in half and remove the cores.
  • Slice each half pear (see photo) and place the slices on to the top of each chocolate pudding.
  • Place ramekins in the slow cooker pot and carefully pour enough hot water into the pot for the water to come half way up the outside of the ramekins.
  • Place on the slow cooker lid and cook on high for 1½ hours until well risen.
  • Slow cookers vary so check your puds are cooked – mine were cooked in 1½ hours. If your puds aren’t quite ready, place lid back on and cook for a further 30 minutes before checking again.

I’m entering Slow Cooker Individual Pear & Chocolate Puddings into a few challenges this month:

 

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Slow Cooked November Round Up – St Andrew’s Day | Farmersgirl Kitchen

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

[…] It’s always nice to finish with a chocolately dessert, so thanks to Sarah of Tales from the Kitchen Shed for sharing these delicious looking Slow Cooker Individual Pear and Chocolate Puddings […]

LouiseF

Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

Hi Katie, Thanks for a lovely recipe. My slow cooker is not big enough to accommodate 6 ramekins. Can these baked, ala bain marie, in the oven? Thanks very much! Louise

sarahj

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

You're welcome Louise. Why not try making 4 puddings? Use: 135 g chocolate, 85 g butter, 85 g sugar, 2 eggs, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 40 g flour & 2 pears.

Credit Crunch Munch – November Round Up | mylittleitaliankitchen.com

Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

[…] last but not least a great dessert with these  Slow Cooker Pear and Chocolate individual Puddings from Sarah James look ever so cute and chocolate and pear are just the perfect […]

Katie Bryson

Thursday 27th of November 2014

What a fabulous idea for a dessert using the slow cooker - and I just adore pear and chocolate as a flavour pairing. Thanks so much for hooking up with this month's round of Simple and in Season.

sarahj

Thursday 27th of November 2014

Thanks Katie & you're most welcome, I love to use the slow cooker for desserts especially with chocolate :-)

Camilla @FabFood4All

Wednesday 26th of November 2014

Ooh these chocolate pear puds are right up my street as I just love this flavour combination:-) Thank you for entering #CreditCrunchMunch with such a scrummy dish:-)

sarahj

Thursday 27th of November 2014

Thanks Camilla & it's a pleasure to join #CreditCrunchMunch.