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Black Pudding and Chocolate Spread Recipe

Heston combines two breakfast favourites for this unusual spread from the Big Breakfast show

Heston: "This recipe was developed as a part of my full English breakfast in the Big Breakfast show, to really add an element of surprise! I wanted to capture the smooth, richness of the chocolate spread texture, which is often eaten on toast, with black pudding, a staple part of most people’s breakfasts."


For the gastrique

  • 90g white caster sugar
  • 1 allspice berry
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 200g red wine vinegar

For the chocolate spread

  • 550g UHT cream
  • 30g invert sugar
  • 3g salt
  • 350g black pudding, finely chopped
  • Gastrique


1. For the gastrique, add the sugar to a pan with the allspice and peppercorns and place over a medium high heat. Caramelise until dark, then using a spoon remove the allspice and peppercorns.

2. Add the vinegar to the caramel and reduce down to a thin syrup consistency.

3. For the chocolate spread, in another pan over medium high heat, bring the cream, invert sugar and salt to a boil then remove from the heat.

4. Pour the cream mixture over the black pudding and place in a food processor. Blitz until smooth then pass through a coarse sieve, followed by a fine sieve.

5. Season the chocolate spread with the gastrique then it's ready to use.

Heston's Fantastical Food synopsis

Heston Blumenthal creates amazing supersized versions of meals and treats, bringing back the wonder and excitement of childhood food

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