Fondant puddings have come to define everything that is decadent and alluring about chocolate, the way they ooze warm molten goo from around the cakey sides is a bit like having everything chocolatey you ever dreamed of poured into one fantasy: part dense fudgey cake and part thick sticky sauce. Conveniently they can also be prepared well in advance of dinner and popped into the oven ten minutes or so before you want them - for which you will love them even more. This recipe serves 6.
This recipe tastes great if you add a little coffee to it. For the molten goo, put 5g of coffee to 15ml of cold water and stir until a dark brown colour.
The cake mixture can also be prepared several hours in advance, in which case cover and chill the little dishes, and when ready preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6 and bake for 11 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.