Sunday’s chocolate fondant

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Nothing beats lazy Sunday’s at our house. Love them!! No rushing out and plenty of time to cook and eat. Being so gloomy yesterday only a choccy pudding could really cheer us up and round off the perfect day! Here is my version. If you’ve never made a fondant before, fear not. Better to undercook it slightly. So when I say 10-12minutes, put a timer on and at 8 minutes have a little sneaky peak. You want a crust on the outside and a gooey, messy centre.

Ingredients

  • 150g chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 3 super fresh organic eggs
  • 150g light soft brown sugar
  • small knob of butter and cocoa powder for dusting cake pan/ramekins

Method

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

Melt the chocolate and butter on low heat in the microwave. Should take about 2 mins, stir half way through.
whisk eggs and add to the wet ingredients. Add sugar, flour and baking powder. The consistency should be a runny silky batter.

butter tins or ramekins and sprinkle with cocoa powder. This will stop the fondants from sticking to the sides when cooked.

Place the fondants in the oven and keep an eye on them!!! Cook for 10-12 mins until the tops have formed a crust and they are starting to come away from the sides. Remove from the oven, then leave to sit for 1 min before turning out.

Loosen the fondants by moving the tops very gently so they come away from the sides, easing them out of the moulds. Tip each fondant slightly onto your hand so you know it has come away, then tip back into the mould ready to plate up.

Serve warm with a dusting of cocoa powder and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Enjoy!!

Variations
Once you have mastered the fondants it’s very easy to adapt their flavour. For a boozy version add a generous splash of Baileys to the melted chocolate. You can also make a chocolate and orange version by adding the grated zest of 1 large orange and an optional splash of Cointreau.

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