Chocolate and pear steamed pudding

Steamed puddings are an easy dessert for a large family, but that doesn't mean those living alone or with smaller families should miss out. This smaller version takes no time to steam cook

By Nici Wickes
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 2
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  • butter, to grease
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pear, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon dark cocoa
  • 2 tablespoon almond meal
  • 45 gram butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • custard and cream, to serve


  • 1
    Grease a small bowl, or very large cup, with plenty of butter. Press a square (5-7cm square) of baking paper into the bottom.
  • 2
    Place the honey and some of the cubed pear in the base of the bowl.
  • 3
    In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Add the almond meal and rub in the butter (or use a food processor) until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • 4
    In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the milk.
  • 5
    Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to a smooth batter. Stir through the remaining pear. Add a little more milk if it needs loosening, but it ought to be a stiff batter.
  • 6
    Scrape into the prepared bowl or cup to about two-thirds full.
  • 7
    Cover with a large piece of baking paper that you’ve folded in half, then folded a 2cm pleat into before unfolding/ opening like a book, leaving the pleat in place. Cover the top of the bowl and tie securely with string.
  • 8
    Lower the pudding into a saucepan on top of a small cloth or folded paper towel – to stop it rattling as it cooks – and fill with hot water to about a third of the way up the bowl.
  • 9
    Put the lid on and bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until pudding has risen and feels firm.
  • 10
    Remove the paper, run a knife around the edge and tip onto a plate to cool for 5 minutes before removing the bowl – it should come away easily.
  • 11
    Serve wedges of pudding with custard and cream, and enjoy!

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