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Chocolate Sauce Pudding

This is one of those decadently rich puddings meant for a cold evening, or, if you are struck with maternal guilt after serving up a less than fabulous dinner on a weeknight. Its easy to make, and in general all the ingredients are in the pantry! And you dont even need eggs, so this is great for all those vegetarian friends...

This amount serves about 8 people, or 6 for pudding, with two servings leftover for breakfast. Yes, there is a rush in the morning for the leftovers! Just pop the leftover pudding into the microwave and nuke it for a minute, and it makes a great breakfast cereal.

I've very kindly measured exactly and converted the amounts to cups. When I say cup, I mean one of those measuring cups. The cup measure in my set is 250 ml, but that's a liquid measure. And any baky caky dish needs exact measures, so here they are, all you need is a 250 ml cup.

This is also a self-saucing pudding, a thick chocolate sauce magically appears under and around the baked cake at the end. Serve in bowls, and make sure you spoon the sauce over the cake servings, to prevent a general sauce grab.

To make this even more decadent, serve with ice cream but that sort of defeats the purpose of this pudding out of nothing concept. I mean, if I had ice cream in the fridge, I wouldn't bother to  make any  pudding.

You need:


A measuring set of cups as described above

A tablespoon = 15 ml. I use the tablespoon measure I have, a little old cheapie plastic thing. or 3 eating spoonfuls gives a tablespoon's worth


A baking dish that hold about 6 cups, round or square.

An oven

A couple of bowls for mixing
A sifter

1 very scant cup of self raising flour or plain flour*, don't stress unduly.
1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon baking powder if you are using plain flour
2 tablespoons cocoa - NOT drinking chocolate!
A good pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 200 C.
Sift flour, salt, baking soda/powder and cocoa and mix into a large bowl.

 3/4 cup of white sugar, or caster sugar if you are incredibly organised and have some hanging about.
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter or canola oil. Butter is better!
Add to the bowl with the flour mixture.
 1/2 a cup almond meal, or 1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract
Toss into the bowl with the flour and milk mixture. Mix till smooth with a spoon, or something. Nothing special required. Scrape all of it into the baking dish.
1 cup soft dark brown sugar. Pack it in firmly, but don't press it down.
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 cups boiling water
 Sprinkle the brown sugar and the cocoa over the cake mix. Pour the 2 cups of water over the mixture gently.

Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. It is done when a skewer inserted into the cake bit comes out clean.