So Thursday evening was one of those nights where I got home from work – having had to stay late, following which the trains all broke en masse and I had to wait for ages on a freezing platform – got straight into my pyjamas, and all I could think about was chocolate pudding.
So I made myself some.
I followed this recipe from taste.com.au which I’ve used before to great success. I made one teeny tiny amendment which I’ll explain as we go along.
1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
30 g butter, melted
As many chocolate chips as you feel like (optional)
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups boiling water
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Mix flour, caster sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa in a bowl. Add in milk, vanilla and butter and stir. Pour mixture into baking dish. Smooth top.
I realised I was a little short of cocoa powder. So I decided to sprinkle chocolate chips over the mixture, and find out whether they’d still be chocolate chips at the end or instead dissolve into the self-sauce.
Combine brown sugar and remaining cocoa in a bowl. Sift sugar mixture over flour mixture. Pour boiling water over the back of a large metal spoon to cover sugar mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted around the edge of pudding comes out clean. I, at this point, very much needed my chocolate hit so I dug into my chocolate coin stash (yes, I still have one left from Christmas) while I was waiting.
This is what the pudding looks like when it comes out of the oven. Look at all that self-saucing pudding.
The real test was – did the chocolate drops dissolve, or are they still in evidence? Well, if you can pick out from the slightly unattractive looking picture underneath…
They survived! That being about all the excitement I could handle at that point, I finished my pudding and went to bed. The end.
Side note: I use an app/website called Pepperplate to store my favourite recipes; it also does meal plans and shopping lists and all that. If you use Pepperplate too, or are interested in joining, here’s this recipe in Pepperplate format for you to import to your own account.
I think, sometimes, you just need some failsafe comfort food. Apparently, self saucing chocolate pudding is mine. What’s yours?