Christmas cues : Chocolate teff puddings

(Gluten-free chocolate teff puddings)

Dear Santa,

As usual, my request for Christmas this year boils down to five simple words. Less spam, more world peace.

But if the elves happen to have time, I would also love it if your reindeers could deliver more butter to Norway. It doesn’t seem like a huge ask because no one deserves to suffer from a butter crisis during the festive season. Also if possible, I’d love to have chocolate declared a health food, the way frozen pizza is now a vegetable.

Oh, and wouldn’t it be great to have Happy Valenbirthaversary declared as an officially celebrated holiday? Promise me you’ll think about it.

Thanks and Merry Christmas,

Chocolate teff Xmas puddings :
(makes 12 mini puddings)

125g 55% dark chocolate buttons
90g unsalted butter
55g teff flour
20g brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
60g brown sugar
60g dried sour cherries or cranberries
20g whiskey or brandy
105g egg whites (from 3 eggs)

Preheat the oven to 150’C (300F). Grease your popover pan (or mini muffin tin) and set aside.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. In another bowl, place the rest of the dry ingredients, stirring well to combine, then mix in the wet ingredients, followed by the chocolate butter mixture.

Divide the mixture between the holes of the popover pan. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into a pudding comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing the puddings from the pan.

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  1. Rosa said,

    December 20, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    A very interesting use of teff flour. Lovely cakes! Delightfully spicy.



  2. leaf (the indolent cook) said,

    December 20, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Ah, cute! They sound like they would have great depth of flavour, too.

  3. Laura said,

    December 21, 2011 @ 1:26 am

    I happen to have teff flour in my pantry, and since having gluten issues I have to try these asap!

    Happy Holidays to you!

    World peace and end of famine are on top of my list too.

  4. michele said,

    December 21, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    I am with you on the chocolate issue. It would be so cool to have chocolate declared a health food.

  5. Emma said,

    December 21, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    How sad would it be to be in a butter crisis right now? How much sadder would it be to be arrested for butter smuggling? Super sad.

    Good thing I’m rolling in butter, I guess. Mmm, oily. Happy holidays:)

  6. InTolerantChef said,

    December 21, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    if pizza is a vegetable, can chocolate count as a fruit? It comes from a tree originally after all, doesn’t it? That definitely makes your muffins health food! Merry Christmas!

  7. shaz said,

    December 21, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    What is teff when it’s at home? Hopefully Mr. Google will tell me. Regardless, they make gorgeous looking treats! Have a wonderful Christmas Y, I’ve enjoyed another year of reading your delightful prose (and ogling the amazing baked goods).

  8. Sparrow Grace said,

    December 24, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    Ooh, yum. I am always so happy to find recipes that people have posted, that are gluten free without any extra effort. It means that when gluten-free-ers like myself make them, they are still in their true, unconverted form, which is always exciting. And I’m with you on the chocolate as a health food. I know I feel better after eating chocolate…

  9. Anna (Morsels & Musings) said,

    December 27, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    These look great. I like the bite-size and tall shape. They look really moist and dense: my perfect chocolate cake!
    Did you just use a plain vanilla icing?

  10. Y said,

    December 27, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Hi Anna, yes that was a plain icing. It doesn’t need it but because it was Christmas, I thought it would look more festive with the icing.

  11. Banglarecipes said,

    December 28, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    love their size…is that possible replace the whiskey?

  12. Rownak said,

    December 28, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    baking is nt my thing..hope your will make me a good baker…

  13. Y said,

    December 28, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    For those who don’t want to use the whiskey, you can omit it altogether or sub with equal amount of espresso/coffee.

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