Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010

Autumn is a great time to make Chocolate-Hazelnut Self-Saucing Pudding. It’s the quintessential fall dessert; it’s warm, comforting, rich in chocolate and fitting for a cold, rainy day.

A photo of 3 Chocolate-Hazelnut Self-Saucing Pudding desserts served in white bowls.

It was miserable here yesterday, nippy and damp.  I caught a chill first thing in the morning and spent the better part of the day wrapped in blankets trying to get rid of it.  On days like this, when I want something to warm me up inside, I usually reach for a large mug of hot chocolate sprinkled with marshmallows and topped with a heaping spoon of whipped cream.  But yesterday I was craving something more substantial, yet still quick and easy.

A photo of Donna Hay's Chocolate Self-Saucing Puddings on a wooden tray with a white napkin and three dessert spoons.

That’s when I remembered an article about self-saucing puddings. Though my head was still a bit foggy, I sailed through the simple recipe and I was pleased with the results.  The taste was actually similar to the Chocolate Fudge Pudding but the texture was completely different.

In fact this pudding really delivers many different textures in each bite.  Sprinkling half of the brown sugar mixture directly on the puddings creates a nice crispy crust.   The cake part of this recipe puffs up beautifully while baking (almost like a soufflé) and creates a very light, airy cake on top.

A photo of Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding dessert served in a white bowl on a white saucer and a dessert spoon.

As you dig a little deeper with your spoon you’re met with a layer of moist, steamed pudding.  And if this isn’t enough deliciousness deeper down in the final layer there’s the most amazing chocolate fudge sauce.

When resting, the cakes will start to cave (again, just like a soufflé).  Just as Newton says, what goes up must eventually come down.  The nice thing about the cakes falling a bit is that it allows you to see in the middle of the cake where all the different layers reside.

A photo of three Chocolate-Hazelnut Self-Saucing Pudding desserts served in white bowls placed on white saucers with dessert spoons.

If you’re anything like me you’ll take your spoon and mix all the layers together for that one perfect spoonful of chocolate-hazelnut goodness.

A photo of a just eaten empty bowl Chocolate-Hazelnut Self-Saucing Pudding.

I am looking forward to trying Lorraine’s (from Not Quite Nigella) recipe for Maple Syrup Self-Saucing Pudding and I am also very excited to try Steph’s (from raspberri cupcakes) recipe for Black Forest Self-Saucing Puddings with Kirsch (this should really warm up the insides).

A photo of a Chocolate-Hazelnut Self-Saucing Pudding dessert served in a white bowl on a white saucer with a dessert spoon and a cup of heavy cream.

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Comments (21)

21 Responses to “Chocolate-Hazelnut Self-Saucing Pudding”

  1. Says:

    mmmm…..yummy!!!!!! :D

  2. Evan Thomas Says:

    I think I would be tempted to just drink that sauce. So good!

  3. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    this looks amazing! i wonder if you could use peanut flour instead of hazelnut meal for a peanut butter version…

  4. Grace Says:

    Lauren I saw so many different versions of this recipe all over the blogs. It is very easy to mix it up and add or substitute whatever you like. Most call for water in the sauce, I went half and half with milk for a creamier sauce, and less water than the usual 13/4 to 2 cups I noticed around the blogs. I thought the flavour of the sauce was really diluted when I used that much and it just tasted better with less water and adding the milk. I may even try it with 18% cream next time. Let me know how the peanut butter version works out if you try, sounds delicious!

  5. Annie Says:

    This is making me drool! I love chocolaty desserts like this!

  6. briarrose Says:

    Wonderful recipe. I love the hazelnut flavors.

  7. Liz @ Blog is the New Black Says:

    These look absolutely amazing and sound wonderful. I love cozy desserts like this for cold weather!

  8. Grace Says:

    Thank you Liz, me too!

  9. shafriza Says:

    Hi Grace… how are you? I was wondering instead of hazelnut meal can i add cashew nut meal or peanut meal instead? hazelnut is really expensive so would like an alternative. thanks

  10. Grace Says:

    Very well, thank you for asking, how are you? Yes you can use any type of nut meal, the recipe is quite versatile. If you wanted to leave out the nut altogether you could just increase the flour. I do like it better with some type of nut because I find it gives it another flavour profile and it adds just a bit of texture. I’ve tried it with almonds and it is quite good as well. Let me know which one you go with, would love to know how it tastes.

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  12. Sara Says:

    I am passing on the love to you in the form of a Lovely Blog Award.

  13. Chef Dennis Says:

    hi Grace
    I love Donna Hay’s magazine! of course I have to hide when I read it at the book self saucing pudding sounds and looks delicious! I think I would have left all those lovely cups empty!
    This is definitely going on my must bake list!

  14. Grace Says:

    Hi Dennis I had to stop myself from emptying the cups long enough to snap some pics, so difficult when it starts to cave in and you can see all the oozing chocolate, yum!

  15. Marly Says:

    Wow! I’m impressed that this is what you come up with when you’re not feeling well. This dessert looks delicious! Hope you’re feeling better!

  16. Ryan Says:

    I could do with some of that here as it’s -10 and we’re snowed in.

  17. Grace Says:

    Ryan I feel you, I am so not looking forward to the snow! I can’t believe we have yet to be hit with a storm.

  18. Peggy Says:

    This totally looks so yummy! I love all the different layers and textures in this dish! Gotta try it soon!

  19. Manuela H. Says:

    This Pudding looks so delicious

    im hungry now… thx :)

    cheers from cologne,

  20. Alison Says:

    Great recipe. I think it needs more sauce though. I’m going to double sauce quantities next time. Thx!

  21. Grace Says:

    Aagh so nice to know someone else loves more sauce like me!

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