Chocolate Pear Pudding

This is Nigella Lawson’s recipe originally calls for canned pears so that it can be made throughout the year whenever you crave for. You might use fresh pears instead, just like me. I cooked 2 pears with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of freshly grated lemon juice. The amount of sugar used depends on how sweet the pears you get and your preference.

Serves 6-8


  • 2 x 415g cans pear halves in juice
  • 125g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 150g soft butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6 and grease a 22cm square ovenproof dish with butter.
  2. Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish.
  3. Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
  4. Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs - I cut 2 down and 2 across to make 9 slices - and serve with chocolate sauce.
Source: Chocolate Pear Pudding [Christine's Recipes]