Friday, 10 February 2012

Chocolate and pear pudding

I am fortunate enough to have my Grandparents live next door to us, but although we live so close, we can find that sometimes with all of our lives being so busy, that we don't get to spend much quality time together. So after discussing this with my grandparents, we decided to make Thursday a 'family + grandparnts' night, where I cook the tea and we all eat together.
This was the second week, and we had Beef Stew, followed by Pear and chocolate sponge, and if I do say so myself, it was delicious! 

2x tins Pear halves in juice
125g Plain Flour
125g Caster Sugar
30g Cocoa Powder
150g Soft Butter
1tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Preheat Oven to Gas mark 6.
 1)Firstly you need to drain the pears from the juice. I find if you blot the pears with kitchen towel, it makes the sponge easier to cook, as otherwise there can be too much moisture.
Now lay the pear halves down in a slightly greased oven proof dish.
 Cream together the butter and sugar, and then add all the other ingredients. You can mix by hand, or in an electric whisker, it's up to you.
 Your batter should be smooth but quite thick.
 Now spread the mixture over the pears, don't worry if it doesn't seem enough, the mixture will loosen and spread as it cooks.
Now Bake for 30 Min's, Gas Mark 6.
Check the sponge is cooked by dipping a skewer into the sponge and if it comes out clear you know it's cooked.

 Finally serve with chocolate sauce, custard, or ice cream! (We had custard and chocolate sauce!)
This is my grandad, he loved the pudding and the stew :), and below is a quick snapshot of the stew, roast potatoes and broccoli dinner.

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