Healthy Chocolate Fondant – oxymoron?

I am not going to tout the health virtues of these chocolate fondants – I am pretty sure it would still be better for you to avoid eating them, but all that aside they did taste pretty dam good. I recently got the BBC Sherlock TV Series on DVD – so I decided to invite a few guinea pigs around to watch a couple of episodes by the fire and test the fondants. Mystery DIY Man reminded me that there are many chocolate fondant failures on MastecChef (lucky I’m not on Masterchef).

I found this recipe in the New Zealand Healthy Food Guide a while ago and had been planning to make it for ages – success! I served it with unsweetened yoghurt and custard, but I think it was really crying out for some lovely tart berries.


  • 150g dark chocolate, broken in pieces
  • 1/2 cup lite evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour, plus extra, to dust
  • icing sugar, to dust
  1. Put chocolate and evaporated milk in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir until chocolate has just melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Spray six, half-cup ramekins or small coffee cups with oil. Dust with extra flour.
  3. Beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until thick and pale, and at least double in volume. Add chocolate mixture and sift in flour. Gently fold until just combined.
  4. Divide mixture evenly between ramekins. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. When ready to eat, preheat oven to 200ÂșC. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cooked at the sides but still soft in the centre. Remove from oven and set aside for a few minutes. Serve in ramekins, or run a knife around the edge and turn cakes out on to plates. Dust with icing sugar. Serve with berries and vanilla yoghurt.

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Food Guide

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