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Chocolate pudding with cherries and cranberries in red-wine syrup

 

Chocolate pudding with cherries and cranberries in red-wine syrup

Total Time: 3 Hours

Ingredients:

  • 150g butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) brandy
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted, cooled
  • 2/3 cup (100g) plain flour
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (110g) almond meal
  • 3/4 cup (35g) fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old bread)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) caster sugar, extra
  • Double cream or ice-cream, to serve

Cherries and cranberries in red

  • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) red wine
  • 1 1/4 cups (250g) caster sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 cup (120g) dried cherries
  • 3/4 cup (100g) dried cranberries (craisins)

Directions:

  1. Grease an 8-cup (2-litre) capacity pudding steamer. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Add the brandy and egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition until just combined. Stir in the chocolate. Fold in flour, cocoa, almond meal and breadcrumbs.
  2. Use an electric mixer to whisk eggwhites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the extra sugar and whisk until sugar dissolves. Use a metal spoon to add half the eggwhite mixture to the chocolate mixture and gently fold until just combined. Fold through the remaining eggwhite mixture.
  3. Spoon mixture into the prepared steamer. Cover with a disc of baking paper, then foil, and secure with kitchen string or a lid to seal. Place steamer in a large saucepan with enough boiling water to come halfway up the side of the steamer. Cook, covered, over low heat for 2 1/4 hours (replenishing water when necessary) or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the cherries and cranberries in red-wine syrup, combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon, cherries and cranberries in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is heated through.
  5. Stand pudding for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a serving dish. Serve with cherry mixture and thickened cream or ice-cream.