Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding

Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit.

Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding

Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding. Hello friends, so how are you today?

Happy Mother’s Day. So any fun plan for today?

We are staying in and not going too far as we are still 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

2 tbsp 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.

Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding

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Recipe and images courtesy of South African Fruit.

So what do you think of this Free State Chocolate Pear Pudding recipe? Do you also fancy trying it?

You might also like these recipes:

Firstly, How To Make Elgin Valley Peach Blatjang.

Secondly, South African Pink Lady, Stilton And Caramelised Pecan Salad.

Thirdly, How To Make A South African Energy Bowl.

Fourthly, How To Make Pink and Delicious South African Baked Apples.

Last but not least, Nectarine Tarte Tatin.

Claire Justine
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  1. The Lazy Gastronome
    18 March 2018 / 22:04

    What a beautiful dessert. I love pears and chocolate together. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party.

  2. My Pinterventures
    18 March 2018 / 09:05

    We have a pear tree in our yard and I never know what to do with all of them. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  3. Tamar SB
    11 March 2018 / 23:02

    That looks delicious!

    • 12 March 2018 / 06:59

      Thanks for stopping by Tamar 🙂

  4. mummabstylish
    11 March 2018 / 22:23

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

    • 12 March 2018 / 06:59

      Thanks for the comment Jacqui 🙂