Schokoladenpudding

A chocolate-flavoured steamed pudding from Germany, Schokoladenpudding (shock-oh-lahd-in-poo-ding) is a rich, delicious dessert to serve to the family. Accompany it with whipped cream.

4 oz. plus

2 teaspoons butter

4 oz. dark cooking chocolate, broken into small pieces

2 tablespoons strong black coffee

5 oz. castor sugar

5 eggs, separated

4 oz. walnuts, chopped

With

1 teaspoon of butter, lightly grease a l-pint pudding basin and set aside.

Place the chocolate and coffee in a small, heavy-based saucepan. Set the pan over low heat and melt the chocolate in the coffee, stirring frequently. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream the 4 ounces of butter and the sugar together with a wooden spoon until they are light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, and gradually stir in the chocolate mixture. Add the chopped walnuts and beat until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, using a wire whisk or rotary beater, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. With a metal spoon, fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture until they are well blended. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pudding basin. Set aside.

Cut out a circle of greaseproof or waxed paper about 4-inches wider in diameter than the rim of the basin. Grease the circle with the remaining butter. Cut out a circle of aluminium foil the same size as the paper circle. Put the paper and foil circles together, the buttered side of the paper away from the foil and, holding them firmly together, make a 1-inch pleat across the centre. Place the pleated paper and foil circle, foil uppermost, over the pudding basin and tie them securely around the rim with a piece of string.

Place the basin in a large saucepan and pour in enough boiling water to come two-thirds of the way up the sides of the basin. Cover the pan and place it over low heat. Steam the pudding for 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Remove the pudding from the pan and remove and discard the paper and foil circles. Serve immediately.

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