Chocolate and Coffee Pudding

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 1h 35m

Serves 10

No one seems to know why this very old and much loved dessert is called a Belgian pudding. It has been cooked in the kitchens of ancient aristocratic families in Mantua for centuries and is so special that no one is willing to part with the recipe.


  • 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered instant espresso coffee
  • 4 large eggs, beaten well
  • For the Caramel:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Shave the chocolate into flakes and set it in a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the cream, sugar and powdered coffee, set over very low heat, and melt the chocolate, stirring from time to time. Be very careful that the mixture doesn't boil. Once the chocolate has melted, set the mixture aside to cool to room temperature. Add the beaten eggs to the cooled chocolate mixture.

Caramelize the sugar by combining the sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan. Mix well over medium heat with a metal spoon only, then wipe down any crystals of sugar from the side of the pot with a brush dipped in cold water. Bring to a boil and cook without stirring until the mixture is a deep amber color and has caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes. You will have to work very fast: pour immediately to coat both the sides and bottom of a 10-inch tube pan or savarin mold with an 11- or 12-cup capacity. Set aside to cool. When you hear the caramel making a crack-crack sound, it's time to pour in the egg mixture.

Place the filled tube pan in a baking pan, pour in simmering water to reach halfway up the sides of the tube pan, and cover the top of the baking pan with foil. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, until the chocolate-colored top is set and a skewer comes out clean. If the pudding jiggles a bit, don't worry; it will become slightly firmer as it cools. Cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. To unmold, dip the mold very briefly in hot water. Loosen the top of the dessert by inserting the tip of a sharp paring knife between the pudding and the mold, about 1/4 inch below the top of the pudding, and drawing it all around the interior of the mold. Place a platter on the dessert and invert to serve.

Credit: In Nonna's Kitchen by Carol Field

Copyright 1997 by Carol Field

ISBN 0-06-017184-7

Recipe reprinted by permission of Harper Collins. All rights reserved.

RecID 2483

nutrition information per serving

523 calories; 40g total fat; 215mg cholesterol; 63mg sodium; 39g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 5g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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