Hot chocolate custard with red wine pears

Leaving the fruit intact will give your presentation a professional edge.

  • 1 hr 5 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Hot chocolate custard with red wine pears
  • 400 millilitre cream
  • 4 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 100 gram quality dark chocolate
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 4 small bosc pears
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1 cup water


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 140°C. Place cream, sugar, chocolate and vanilla in saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until hot (do not boil). Remove from heat.
  • 2
    Whisk yolks and egg in heat-proof bowl until well combined. Remove vanilla pod from milk mixture. Pour milk mixture over egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  • 3
    Chill custard mixture for 20 minutes, then skim all bubbles off the surface. Pour into 4 small ovenproof bowls.
  • 4
    Place bowls in a deep roasting dish. Pour boiling water into the dish until it reaches halfway up the bowls. Carefully place the roasting dish in the oven and cook for 35 minutes.
  • 5
    While custards are in the oven, peel pears (keeping stalk intact) and place in a large pot with remaining ingredients. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 6
    Remove from heat. Leave pears in poaching liquid for 10 minutes, then remove and halve lengthways.
  • 7
    After removing from oven, top each custard with a pear and spoon over a little poaching liquid. Serve immediately.


Mike’s Top Tips: When making custard or crème brûlée, rest the mix before baking so the bubbles don’t rise during cooking When cooking with chocolate, always pick the darkest option with a high cocoa content. It’s healthier and gives a richer flavour.

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