Chocolate, almond and pear puddings

Mini choc-pear puddings.
Mini choc-pear puddings. 

A recipe from the Good Food collection.

Ingredients

115g (⅓ cup) golden syrup

8 tinned pear halves in natural juice, drained

60g (½ cup) plain flour

30g (¼ cup) unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground allspice (optional)

55g (½ cup) ground almonds

3 eggs, at room temperature

165g (¾ cup) soft brown sugar

60ml (¼ cup) milk

115g (⅓ cup) golden syrup, extra, warmed slightly

vanilla ice-cream or thick cream

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease eight holes of two non-stick six-hole giant muffin tins and line the bases with baking paper.

2. Spoon the golden syrup into the prepared tins to cover the bases. Place a pear half, cut side down, in each.

3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and allspice, if using, into a medium-sized bowl, then stir in the ground almonds.

4. Beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl using electric beaters until pale and creamy. Slowly pour in the milk, add the flour mixture and use a large metal spoon or spatula to fold in until just combined.

5. Spoon the pudding mixture over the pears. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre of a pudding comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tins for 3 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Immediately remove the paper rounds and transfer the puddings to serving plates. Drizzle with the extra golden syrup and serve accompanied by ice-cream or cream.