Chocolate Pudding for a rainy day
It’s not unusual for whole days in Ireland to be filled with dark, persistent rain, the kind of rain that makes you want to stay in bed all day with someone really warm. Traffic reports shared stories of frustration from drivers stuck in the kind of traffic that makes John Boorman get up on his soapbox. The only thing for dinner on days like these is a warming stew, an Irish stew, the kind that makes itself. I fully planned on taking a picture of my humble assembly of ingredients but it turned to mulsh in the pot. Too floury potatoes meant a cloudy, unrecognizable pile on a plate. In modeling terms the stew was past it. I’ll do it another time.
Being a relatively healthy option, having Irish stew for dinner is like doing penance in advance of desert. So a chocolate something came to mind, but I only had one egg. I flicked through my books for a one-egg recipe, fondant puddings had more than one so too did brownies and they are too involved to be a quick desert. I needed an easy fix. This recipe for a self-saucing chocolate pudding is one I’ve used before. It’s from the encyclopedic "The Essential Desert Cookbook’ by Murdoch Books. One egg doesn’t make the richest pudding but it does the trick. And it makes it’s own sauce so it’s practically it’s own chef. Tons of vanilla ice cream is also essential to enjoy is gooey stickiness to the fullest.
Self-saucing chocolate pudding
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
Butter the inside of a 2litre-pudding basin
You will need:
1 cup self-raising flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups caster sugar
60g unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1. Sift the flour and 2 tblsp of the cocoa into a large bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup of the sugar and make a well in the centre
2. Pour in the combined milk, melted butter, vanilla and egg. Stir until combined but do not overbeat. Pour into the prepared basin.
3. Dissolve the remaining sugar in 1 1/2 cups boiling water and pour gently over the pudding mixture.
4. Place the pudding bowl on a baking tray and bake for 30-40 mins. It will rise a lot and magically the sauce will go from the top of the bowl to the bottom and spit out the sides and make a fantastic hissing wonder that kids go mad for.
Don’t think about it, just eat it!