Soft-centred chocolate budini with milk ice-cream
Desserts / Winter / Cecconi / Serves: 6

165 gm dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids)
165 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
80 gm caster sugar
35 gm plain flour, sieved

Milk ice-cream

560 ml milk
45 ml pouring cream
100 gm caster sugar
3 egg yolks


Gourmet Traveller
May 2011

For milk ice-cream, bring milk, cream and half the sugar to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring continuously to dissolve sugar.
Whisk yolks and remaining sugar in a bowl until pale (3–4 minutes).
Add one-quarter of milk mixture, whisk continuously until incorporated, then add remaining milk mixture and whisk to combine.
Transfer to a clean saucepan and stir continuously over low-medium heat until mixture reaches 76°C on a sugar thermometer and coats the back of a wooden spoon thickly (2–3 minutes).
Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl placed over ice, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate to chill.
Freeze in an ice-cream machine until firm (3–4 hours).
Makes about 700ml.

Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water (2–3 minutes), then cool slightly.

Whisk eggs, yolks and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (5–6 minutes).
Fold in one-quarter of chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining mixture.
Sift over flour and fold to incorporate.
Divide between six 250ml buttered and floured dariole moulds, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set (6 hours – overnight).

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Bake puddings until just set and centres are still soft (10–12 minutes), turn out carefully.
Serve hot with ice-cream.