Dark Chocolate Pudding

Strong and reliable. Those are the words that come to mind when I think of my father. In baking, those words translate into dark chocolate. Here’s an easy recipe – just six ingredients(!) – to thank the one man in your life you can always count on.


  • 70g unsalted butter
  • 70g dark (70% cocoa) chocolate (The best quality chocolate you can find. It is for your father after all.)
  • 70g castor sugar
  • 17g all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt

Makes 2 servings. Perfect for one father and one appreciative child. (Or scale up the recipe if needed.)


Step 1: Break up the chocolate into small pieces and place in a small saucepan along with the butter and sugar. Melt over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 2: After everything has melted, set aside the saucepan for 20 minutes to cool. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).

Step 3: Add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine. (See, I told you it was easy.)

Step 4: Pour the now dark and glossy batter into 2 1/2-cup ramekins. Or if you don’t own any ramekins, you could just as well use mugs like in the photo above.

Step 5: Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm.

These puddings will come out cracked and slightly cakey on the top. But underneath it’ll be warm and gooey. And the chocolate in this is ever-so-slightly bitter instead of sickly sweet. A very manly dessert, in my opinion. And guaranteed to make any father feel loved.

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