Friday, 5 September 2014

chocolate and salted caramel molten puddings from the great british bake off.



with a sweet tooth like mine, you can't help being excited for bake off dessert week. although i'm still not sure i understand the theme, as everything sweet and baked is a dessert to me! so after my attempt at florentines from biscuit week, i had a go at a self saucing dessert. 

you'll have to forgive me on being late on the scene, my oven broke this week so all baking had been put on hold... until now! i'm really rooting for kate this year and loved her chocolate and salted caramel molten puddings. so armed with ice cube trays of caramel, a strong whisking arm and a lot more time on my hands than in the baking tent of doom, i set about these saucy puds. 

as it's not my recipe, i'm just going to pop the pictures of how i got on with it, you can find the recipe along with others from the show on the bbc site. what i will say though is that the following ingredients made exactly two desserts. 

shopping list. 
prepping the tins
♥ 15g flaked almonds
♥ 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
♥ a vegetable oil spray
cooling time: 30 minutes

for the caramel
♥ 1/2 tbsp golden syrup
♥ 25g caster sugar 
♥ 40ml double cream 
♥ a pinch of sea salt
setting time: 30 minutes

for the chocolate puddings
♥ 25g butter
♥ 50g dark chocolate
♥ 15g plain flour
♥ two medium eggs 
♥ 15g caster sugar
♥ 30g dark muscovado sugar
cooling time: 30 minutes 

this dessert has lots of technical parts to it, which if you have plenty of time and a nice cold fridge and freezer should work out just fine. i mean, look, i did it! this is not something the poor bake off lot have so hats off to them!

begin by toasting your almonds and prepping your pudding moulds.


these now need to chill in the freezer for a while, which isn't so bad as you can now move onto the salted caramel.


again, leave to chill in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. the last part, unless you are making vanilla cream, is the light sponge pudding.

this first part is to melt the chocolate, butter and add the flour. this can be left aside.


the next part is more tricky, for me anyway, and requires a hand whisk. i don't have one of these so regular whisk it was. you froth up the egg over a bain marie, gradually adding the sugar until it gets lighter in colour and texture. as the recipe said, this took around 7 minutes.


you then combine the two, pour into the moulds and chill.


when you and a preheated oven are ready, quickly pop the caramel cubes into the pudding and bake immediately for 12 minutes.


pray to the gods of chocolate whilst your puddings rest for 3 minutes. slide a palette knife around the edges, then... upturn!


pour the remaining double cream (because where on earth sells it in 40ml pots?), break into the pud and hope for a sauce that mary berry herself would be proud of. 

i'm adding this to the great british bake off bakealong at supergoldenbakes - go look at all the amazing bakes so far!

10 comments:

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    1. Thanks! I'd be so proud of myself for inventing this recipe x

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  2. If licking a computer screen to try and get a taste of these is wrong, I don't want to be right.

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    1. Whatever makes you happy ;) I challenge you to make it though! x

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  3. This looks fantastic! I'll have to try it

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  4. Sounds and looks great. Have to try it without the almonds - my kids are allergic to nuts

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  5. OMG This looks absolutely gorgous! I adore salted caramel!

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  6. Looks so delicious. I'll be giving this recipe a try.

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  7. This is just the perfect recipe for when it is rainy and yuck outside. Stay indoors, bake and then have some molten chocolate yuminess! Thanks for linking to #GBBO Bake Along

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  8. That looks really yummy. Have saved it to try later!

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