Don’t you love impromptu dinner parties???
The problem is, if you are the lucky chinese volunteer to be hosting an impromptu dinner – best you have some goodies in your larder – right? Fortunately for me, I had some chicken breasts, fresh veggies to stir fry and a lovely cook in stir fry oyster sauce… so that was dinner done.
But as we were sitting around the table, finishing off the last mouthfuls of our stirfry and rice, I suddenly gasped and thought “what’s for dessert???”. Now as a single person with a freezer the size of a shoebox, I don’t keep ice-cream (so this wasn’t an option) and we all know that cake doesn’t last long in my house (nor does chocolate)… but I do have a bookshelf stocked with my most prized recipe books and a cupboard stocked with all things delightful… so I scurried off to the kitchen with one of the books (another of my SA favourites – as seen below) and found a dessert that evokes memories of winter warmth, comfort and love… a self-saucing chocolate pudding!
Quick check in the fridge and store cupboard concluded that I had all the ingredients that I needed and 40minutes later… we were tucking into this delicious heartwarming (hip hugging) pud drizzled with custard! Mmmmm
Self-saucing Chocolate Pudding
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1 and half cups of boiling water
- melt butter in a saucepan bigger enough to mix all ingredients
- Sift in flour, baking powder and first measure of cocoa.
- Add sugar, milk and vanilla essence and beat with a wooden spoon until combined
- Pour into a greased 1litre dish
- Mix together second measures of sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over batter
- Pour boiling water over the back of spoon onto powder
- Bake at 180C for 35-40minutes until pudding springs back when lightly pressed
(serves 4-6 or just 4 very happy people)