Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favourite holidays. I know it’s kind of corny and definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love so many things about and it brings back so many great memories for me.
When I was younger my mom would always take me to pick out Valentine cards for my classmates. I always had to find the perfect kind, but really I just had to find whatever was in style at the moment. Most of the time Disney Princesses were my first choice. I loved picking out these silly little cards, and I also loved attaching a piece of chocolate to each one of them. Those are the Valentines we all secretly wanted! The other best thing about Valentine’s Day was having a party at school. I would make sure that whatever I was wearing was pink, red or white and maybe had a few hearts on it as well. I adored these parties because of the cute gift bags that everyone would get and all the yummy treats the moms would bring in. Seriously, how cool is it to have a party that celebrates love and indulgence?!
Nowadays, buying those little Valentines for my friends isn’t really going to cut it, but I still want to make things special! I decided a few years ago to keep throwing a Valentine’s Day party! Instead of just sending my friends a card or some chocolates, I made these delicious Dark Chocolate Baked Puddings. My friends couldn’t believe how amazing these were, so I knew I had to keep making them year after year.
Not only am I just showing my friends I care about them, I am actually serving them something that is good for their heart and soul. Dark chocolate has been proven to be an antioxidant, it is great for cognitive function, and can even lower blood pressure! But remember to indulge in moderation, there is such thing as too much of a good thing!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to take care of everyone you know, not just your special someone. These Dark Chocolate Baked Puddings are definitely a great way to not only show you care about someone but help them start leading a healthier lifestyle!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
11 ounces bittersweet chocolate
½ cup unsalted butter
6 large eggs, separated
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup flour
6 oven safe ramekins
Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray ramekins with non-stick cooking spray. In microwave safe bowl or double boiler, melt the chocolate with the butter until smooth. If using the microwave, stir every 30 seconds to avoid burning. Once smooth, remove from heat to cool slightly.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and egg yolks until thick and pale, about 3 minutes on high-speed with an electric hand mixer.
3. In a separate large bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites into stiff peaks. Fold the egg yolk and sugar mixture into the chocolate. Fold in half the egg whites. Once almost combined, fold in remaining egg whites. Fold in the flour until combined.
4. Divide pudding mixture between ramekins. Arrange ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until puddings have puffed up. Gently, remove from oven and transfer onto plates. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate , a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.
by Amanda Garbutt