20 November 2013

Blue Cheese Chocolate Fondants


Finding a chocolate fondant recipe that works can be a process of trial and error. I tried adapting several different recipes until I finally found one (thank you, Mr Ramsay) that produced a result that was not only completely delicious but also gave me that perfect gooey centre I was after.


One of the best things about chocolate fondants is that you can make them well in advance and keep them in a fridge or freezer. You can then just pop them in the oven for a few minutes and you're ready to impress your dinner guests!

I was recently lucky enough to be served up an amazing Bleu des Basques chocolate fondant whilst cheese tasting at Champagne + Fromage. The fascinating combo of blue cheese and chocolate worked so brilliantly that I decided I had to give it a go myself.

So here is the recipe. If you want to you can leave out the cheese of course but, believe me, the rich chocolate and blue cheese are quite a match made in culinary heaven!

Serves 3

You will need:
Melted butter 
Cocoa powder 
100g dark chocolate, chopped (I suggest Green & Blacks)
100g unsalted butter, chopped into cubes
100g golden caster sugar
2 eggs and 2 egg yolks
100g plain flour
25g blue cheese (I used Saint Agur)

3 x small pudding basins



1. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan assisted. 

2. Use upward strokes to brush the inside of the pudding basins with melted butter.  Put them in the freezer for around 10 minutes to set.

3. Repeat the process with the remaining melted butter for each basin then add a teaspoon of cocoa powder. Tip the basin until the inside is completely covered. 

4. Break the blue cheese into little pieces and press a few bits into the sides of the basins. Set the rest aside.

5. Put the chopped butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place over a barely simmering pan of water. Leave to melt slowly, stir until smooth then set aside to cool for around 10 minutes.

6. Put the sugar, eggs and egg yolks in a bowl and use an electric whisk to bring them to a pale, thick consistency that leaves a trail (this takes about 3 to 5 minutes). Sift in the plain flour and beat it in.

7. Add the cooled chocolate and whisk until thoroughly mixed together to make a smooth, loose batter.

8. Stir in most of the remaining blue cheese pieces but keep just a few back.

9. Transfer the batter into a jug then pour into the pudding basins, filling just below the rim. Place the last few bits of cheese on top.



10. You can now refrigerate overnight or freeze the fondants for up to a month. If freezing, just add 5 minutes to the cooking time.


11. Place the pudding basins on a tray and bake for 12 minutes.


12. Remove from the oven then leave to sit for 1 minute.


13. Loosen the tops of each fondant very gently so they come away from the sides of the basin then carefully transfer onto a plate. 

14. Sprinkle with icing sugar, serve with cream or ice-cream and demolish!

Totally delicious!

Do let me know what you think if you give this recipe a go!

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14 comments:

  1. Wow, you're baking skills are amazing and this looks simply divine!
    xoxo
    -B ♡ MsBerryStylish 

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  2. I used to hate blue cheese with a passion, but it's grown on me as I've gotten older! This looks super tempting!

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    1. Strangely, I really went off blue cheese for a good year or two. But now I love it again! The cheese in this recipe is pretty subtle and very tasty. You should give it a go :) x

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  3. Ooh these look so good! I love baking, I really need to bake more often.

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Oooh what a crazy idea - and I reckon you're onto something here :)
    I love the presentation with the blueberries too
    x x

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  5. This looks incredible. I really want to try this at the weekend. Love the slate platters!!

    Katie <3

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    1. I got the slates from John Lewis! They're great aren't they?

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  6. Caroline that looks amazing!
    I've never made fondant before as it looks so daunting, but this recipe seems great!

    Thanks for this, and I love that it can be frozen.. useful in case of emergency puddding!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

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  7. Oh my gosh, this looks ah-mazing!! I wish I could bake, I might have to try this!

    C x

    ps; Just replied to your comment on my latest post :)

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  8. This looks amazing!

    I've never even considered blue cheese in there with a chocolate fondant, but the more I think about it, the more I can see it tasting delicious! I am so going to have to try this out, both for my love of chocolate and blue cheese.

    hmm maybe...

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