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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding...

Happy Mother's Day.

Any fun plan for today?

We are staying in and not going far as we are adapting to my Daughters new gluten-free diet.

Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding anyone? Yummy.

This fabulous bread and butter pudding is made with brioche or Italian Panettone with dark chocolate chips and South African pears for a delicious twist.


How To Make A Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding:

Preparation: 20 minutes (plus 30 minutes soaking)
Cooking time: 35 minutes

Serves 6

  • 50g butter, softened 
  • 5 slices brioche or Panettone (weighing about 250g in total) 
  • 2 South African pears, peeled, cored and sliced 
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks (or use dark chocolate chips) 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 250ml semi-skimmed milk 
  • 150ml single cream 
  • 30g caster sugar 
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 

Chocolate sauce:
  • 2tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 2tbsp cornflour 
  • 2tbsp caster sugar 
  • 50g dark chocolate drops 
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk 

How To Make Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding:

1 Use a small knob of the butter to grease a 1.5 litre baking dish. Spread the remaining butter over the slices of brioche or Panettone. Cut into smaller pieces, then arrange in the dish with the pears. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks over the top.

2 Beat together the eggs, milk, single cream, caster sugar and vanilla extract. Leave for a few minutes so that the sugar dissolves, then slowly pour into the dish.

3 Cover the dish with cling film and leave to stand for at least 30 minutes. If you want to cook the pudding later, refrigerate until required.

4 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Bake the pudding for 30-35 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Cool for a few minutes while making the sauce.

5 Put all the ingredients for the chocolate sauce into a non-stick saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly with a small whisk until smooth and thickened. Serve with the pudding.

Cook’s tip: Serve with single cream or crème fraiche instead of chocolate sauce

This campaign is run by HORTGRO, the industry association representing South African fruit growers.

Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit.

What do you think of this Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding recipe?

Fancy trying it?



  1. How was it Claire, I reckon if it tastes how it looks, it'll be super. Jacqui


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