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self-saucing chocolate pudding

Recipe for Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

A simple and sinful dessert, self-saucing chocolate pudding is like a cross between pudding and sponge cake with warm ripples of melted chocolate. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Dish Type bread pudding
Cooking Style Baking
Seasonal Christmas, Easter, Holiday season, Mother's Day
Ingredient chocolate
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Created by Amy Reiley


  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lg egg room temperature
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk

for the syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer and cream on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides.
  3. Add the egg and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Sift together the dry ingredients and add half to the butter mixture, beating on low until just mixed.
  5. Pour in the milk and mix on low until incorporated before adding the rest of the flour mixture.
  6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until just incorporated.
  7. Pour batter into a thoroughly greased 8x8 baking dish and set aside while you make the syrup.
  8. Add the water, brown sugar and cocoa to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, watching to make sure it does not boil over.
  9. Pour syrup over the batter and bake on the center rack of the oven for 30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm. Top with a dollop of cream, creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream, if desired.