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Chocolate Pear Pudding (Nigella Lawson’s no-fuss recipe)

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Having cooked the poached pear in red wine, I still got several beautiful pears in my fridge. While wondering how I could use up the in-season lovely pears, Nigella Lawson’s cooking show of making chocolate pear pudding came just in time. She always shows cooking delicious dishes without any fuss or pressure. Take a look at the recipe below, you'd see how easy to make the dessert. This luscious chocolate pudding became a perfect ending to our dinner last week.

Chocolate Pear Pudding, adapted from:Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Pear Pudding (Printable recipe)

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Serves 6-8
  • 2 x 415g cans pear halves in juice
  • 125g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 150g soft butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Pear Pudding Procedures

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6 and grease a 22cm square ovenproof dish with butter.
  2. Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish.
  3. Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
  4. Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs - I cut 2 down and 2 across to make 9 slices - and serve with chocolate sauce.

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  • The original recipe calls for canned pears so that it can be made throughout the year whenever you crave for. 
  • For making use of my stock of fresh pears, I cooked 2 pears with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of freshly grated lemon juice. The amount of sugar used depends on how sweet the pears you get and your preference.


  1. Gorgeous!! Especially the last photo. Wish I could have some!

  2. this is perfect! i have some pears in my fridge as well.. i cannot wait to try this out. thank you for sharing this post.

  3. Though I don't usually deal with flour and baking, it really looks easy!

  4. Super delicious! The pairing of chocolate and pears sounds incredible!

  5. Yes, I know these pears are good, but it seems that they are less found here than before : (.

  6. Yea, I saw the choc-pear pudding on her show too! I remember that! Yours looks just as good as hers!

  7. Seems like everyone is on the chocolate pudding wagon... I must do somethin about it.

  8. Chocolate and pears are such a winning combination and this sounds incredible. I think your fresh pear version is much better than tinned pears. Yummo!

  9. So yummy! Love the last photo with chocolate melting all over it! I can *almost* taste it :)

  10. oh I saw this on tv the other day and wrote it down too!

  11. Chocolate and almost any fruit go so well together this looks delightful

  12. This looks really yummy.. love the combo!

  13. Love Nigella's recipes. Always delicious but simple! Beautiful clicks, Christine.

  14. Haha I am watching Nigella now. Coming back to your chocolate pear pudding, it looks yummilicious!

  15. Hi Christine Ho 🌹 dear
    thanks for ur recipe&Nigella Lawson's recipe.
    I made & baked & got gorgeous chocolaty & yummy &delicious results.
    Every one & I love it.😍. It was 2 good.

    1. Great ! Glad that you made this dish and liked it.

  16. Hi Christine. Your photos are lovely. If I may, I think you've just a bit overcooked the pudding. Nice though.

    1. Really? Just wanted to make sure the pears were not too watery.