molten chocolate & lime puddings

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Hello all! I’ve managed to schlep my way to the laptop to punch out a recipe whilst The Little Love sleeps, I’ve gaffer taped a dummy to her mouth so I figure I’ve got an hour or so…. Chill out Mumsnet! I am of course joking ( although, there are times when my ears are bloody from the screaming that I have given this serious thought ).

I’m sorry about all the recent baby chat peeps. I know its dull if you don’t have one (I was bored to tears by it pre-sprog ) there is a lovely chocolaty recipe to follow so please bear with as there is something I really must get off my chest….

In the heady days of blossoming pregnancy, no one ever talks about what it’s like to bring a tiny, demanding little despot into your home and your life. Then, when you’re covered in vomit, you have poop in your hair and you’re weeping because your beloved just won’t stop bloody crying, ‘The Truth’ comes out. “Oh, yes, the first six weeks are complete and utter hell”…. is what EVERYONE says. Oh, right, thanks….. and you didn’t think to mention this before??

To be honest, I focused so much on the birth ( the idea of a birth ‘plan’, I now see, is a kind of perverse joke ) that I never quite twigged I would have an actual little human being to keep alive at the end of it. I know that sound totally nuts but you’d be surprised at how many other bleary eyed new mums agree with me.

Anyway, after a month and half of ( what seemed like ) endless screaming sessions, sleepless nights, 3 days of hideous hormonal baby blues, the nose bleed inducing poops, watching Mr. Love crumble as he attempts to put a breast pump together at 3am, many strange women pummeling my boobs whilst trying to shove them into Little Loves gob and the constant feeling of ‘I will never be able to do this’, here we are  – past the magical 6 week mark. And it’s true, those first few weeks were hell. But its a funny thing, you do begin to decipher the wails and the snuffles. This lumpen little thing starts to show you her personality and the first smile melts away all the exhaustion and misery ( just don’t tell me its wind, OK ).

Cough, cough….righty-ho lets crack on with the cake as I’ve gone a bit misty eyed ( Jesus, those hormones have a lot to answer for ). Here is a yummy and EASY pudding for you. These little chocolate and lime puddings have a gooey centre and are drenched in a zingy lime syrup. They look impressive, are completely delicious and you can make these a few days in advance. Just pop the pud’s in the fridge and cook when you need them.

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Molten Chocolate & Lime Puddings (adapted from In The Mood For Entertaining by Jo Pratt)

Makes 6 individual puddings

Lime Syrup
juice of 4 limes
150g caster sugar

115g dark chocolate ( 70% cocoa )
115g unsalted butter
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
50g caster sugar
grated zest of 2 limes
50g plain flour

Preheat oven to 190C/ 170C fan forced

To make the syrup, place the juice and the sugar in a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat and boil for about 5 mins until the syrup thickens. Leave to cool but don’t put in the fridge.

Butter 6 individual pudding moulds or ramekins.

Gently melt the chocolate and butter together in a saucepan or in the microwave. Leave to cool a little.

Whisk the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and lime zest until the mixture doubles in volume. This will take a few minutes so be patient! Sift in the flour and gently fold in along with the melted butter and chocolate.

Pour into your waiting moulds and cook for 10mins – do not leave any longer as you won’t get the gooey centre ( I know this because I have suffered the bitter disappointment of a non molten centred pudding! ).

If you’re making these puddings in advance then cover them with cling film and place in the fridge until required. Bring them to room temperature for about an hour before cooking.

To serve, simply turn the puddings out onto a plate ( you may have to lightly run a sharp knife around the sides ) then generously drizzle over the lime syrup. Serve with vanilla ice-cream or a dollop of sour cream ( as shown in my photos ).

Love Lemony x

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