Chocolate Chestnut Pudding

served with a sprinkling of coconut on top

served with a sprinkling of coconut on top

I served this pudding to our dogsitter, so I guess you could say that it’s kind of a bribe.

She’s great with Dog, and helps us out immensely so I like to ply her with sweet treats when I can.

I fought against the urge to eat the batter. I lost.

I fought against the urge to eat the batter. I lost.

After all, nothing says “sorry the dog peed on your shoes” like chocolate pudding, am I right?!

mix batter, fill cups, chill. Voila!

mix batter, fill cups, chill. Voila!

Given the deliciousness of this pudding, I think I’ve bought Dog a little slack.

I've no decent ramekins so they went in espresso cups, which actually looked kinda fancy

I’ve no decent ramekins so they went in espresso cups, which actually looked kinda fancy

This pudding is definitely worth two pairs of pee-soaked shoes, a bit of nervous barking and a scuffle with the neighbour’s cat.

You’re welcome buddy.

Chocolate Chestnut Pudding (serves 4)

*adapted from The Hairy Bikers

  • 7oz chestnuts
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 30z dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3oz butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  1. Using a sharp knife, carefully score an ‘x’ into each chestnut. Put them in a pan with the bay leaves. Add boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes. When cool, remove the shell and skins. Transfer to a food processor and blend until a paste.
  2. Melt the chocolate, butter, honey, vanilla extract together over a low heat. When smooth, stir in the chestnut paste. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl, let cool.
  3. While the chocolate is cooling, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold this into the chestnut mixture then spoon the pudding into four individual ramekins. Cover and place in the fridge. They should stay in there for 2-3 hours to set properly.

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15 thoughts on “Chocolate Chestnut Pudding

  1. I’m embarrassed to admit I have never had a chestnut. I wouldn’t even know what they look like. Also, I’ve never had a bay leaf in a sweet dish. Only savory. Looks like I need to expand my culinary horizons!
    Also, my dream job is dog sitter/walker. Pee on shoes be damned!

    • Ok, you have to get cooking – chestnuts are the BEST of all the nuts (in my humble opinion!). Also sneak a bay leaf into custard or rice pudding..you’ll be pleasantly surprised :) P.S You can dogsit our pooch any time, responsible guardians are short on the ground over here!

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