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Chocolate Hazelnut Puddings

Baked in small ramekins, my little spiced puddings are sized just right for individual servings. They're fun to eat and look pretty with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top. —Donna Childs, New York, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup plus 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Whipped cream
  • Additional ground cinnamon, optional

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease six 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate, flour, hazelnuts, cracker crumbs, cinnamon and cloves.
  • With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into chocolate mixture.
  • Transfer to prepared ramekins. Place in a baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove ramekins from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  • To unmold, run a knife around the rim of each cup and invert onto dessert plates. Serve warm with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.

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