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I’ve been looking for a good chocolate pudding recipe. Not the North American idea of pudding, I mean a proper baked pudding that’s more like a chocolate lava cake. I found a recipe last December and gave it a try, but it just wasn’t what I was expected.

I gave in to today’s chocolate cravings and to finally vamp up the recipe to fulfill my chocolate and baking desires…

Dark Chocolate Pudding

Dark Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding Ingredients:
1 c. flour, 3/4 c. sugar, 2 Tbsp. Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp. baking powder, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1 Tbsp. almond extract, 1/2 c. milk, 2 Tbsp. melted butter (or vegetable oil)

Chocolate Sauce Ingredients:
1 3/4 c. hot water, 3/4 c. light brown sugar (packed), 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
(packed), 3 Tbsp. Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder,  2 tsp. flavoring of your choice

*I used raspberry flavoring, but think mint, orange, vanilla, strawberry…

Chocolate Pudding Directions:
Preheat Oven to 350°F. Spray 4 glass ramekins with cooking spray  and set on a baking sheet. Mix together dry ingredients. Add extract, milk and melted butter and stir well (it so be the consistency of brownie batter). Divide mixture into ramekins.

Chocolate Sauce Directions:
Dissolve sugar in hot water. Add cocoa powder and stir well. Pour sauce over each ramekin. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before eating, serve warm.

*Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar, crème fraîche, raspberry/blackberry drizzle, a few berries, or any combination!

WARNING!: You will burn your tongue and mouth if you cannot resist the urge to dig into these right out of the oven!

Refrigerate any uneaten pudding ramekin, microwave when ready to enjoy!

Mmmm… Tall glass of milk anyone???

What’s your favorite chocolate dessert?