Chocolate Strawberry Pudding | Clafoutis-Inspired Chocolate & Strawberry Pudding

So the season of strawberries is here. And unlike those many times when I had to endure several boxes of very red but very bland strawberries, this year has been quite a delight. Most of the boxes I bought had nice strawberries all the way down to the bottom, not just a few choice berries on top with duds beneath.

And we all know that berries are wonderful for a nice, crumbly tart or a warm, wobbly clafoutis.

But sometimes, one’s palate craves a certain element which makes you deviate from the classics.

You know it may not be the right way to go about it; you know purists will scream; but you think- I’ll give it a try, worse comes to worse it will turn into something only I can eat.

This was something like that.

I wanted to make a chocolatey pudding with strawberries, and I didn’t have cooking chocolate or cream on hand- I could use only what I had in the cupboard. Which meant I would have to use cocoa powder.

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I wasn’t up to making custard from scratch; clafoutis was much easier and I like the texture of it- ย cakey and wobbly and delicious when consumed warm. Oh, and I wanted to bust out my new ramekins. (Not ramekins exactly, but close…. their next of kin. Ramekin, next of kin…get it? Oh, the bad ones are just flowing today.)

CLAFOUTIS-INSPIRED CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRY PUDDING (Adapted from The Sweet Life In Paris by David Lebovitz.)

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Butter the bottoms of 4 ramekins and place strawberries in the bottom of each.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth. Next, whisk in the melted butter, followed by the flour and cocoa powder and combine until smooth- no lumps! Then add the vanilla extract.
  • Whisk in the sugar followed by the milk.
  • Pour the chocolatey custard over the fruit and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check on it after 15 ย minutes- I like mine to be more wobbly in the centre, but if you like yours firmer, then let it sit for longer.

This is not perfect- in fact, I need to try and make some real chocolate pudding-ย but sometimes a store cupboard quickie-bake can be so very satisfying!

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A little cakey, a little custardy, a little rough around the edges most certainly; but the strawberries were warm and yielding and this can satisfy any good-hearted sweet tooth. Sometimes imperfect creations can surprise you!

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16 thoughts on “Chocolate Strawberry Pudding | Clafoutis-Inspired Chocolate & Strawberry Pudding

  1. I was inspired by all your strawberry baking and bought a box. Forgot that the strawberries in Delhi suck ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They’re so bland. But this pudding looks amazing. May try this ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Anita! I took some inspiration from your warm chocolate pudding, too ๐Ÿ˜€ And I have not tried any DL recipes verbatim except for his caramel sauce, and that turned out great. Need to bake some of the stuff from The Sweet Life… and see how it turns out. I have actually had a bad experience with some of the recipes from How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Oh well.

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