Chocolate self-saucing pudding

This chocolate pudding makes it's own sauce and is delicious with cream or ice cream. The preparation time is about five minutes and the results are awesome. Perfect for a chilly evening when you couldn't be bothered making anything but have the munchies.

The only ingredient that might be a problem to find is self-raising flour. I had a lot of trouble getting the stuff in France and don't know the situation in other countries. Certainly you can get it in Australia, the UK and Ireland. This link is to a recipe to mix your own: it's basically flour and baking soda.

Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 1 metric cup self raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 metric cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 metric cup butter
  • 3/4 metric cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 metric cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 metric cups boiling water

Method

  1. Place all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
  2. Pour into a large greased casserole dish.
  3. Mix cocoa with sugar and sprinkle evenly over the pudding mixture. Pour boiling water over evenly and gently.
  4. Bake at 180 degrees C for 45 mins or until cooked. A delicious sauce will form at the bottom of the pudding.
  5. Serve hot with cream or ice cream.

If you want to get tricky with this recipe after a few goes, you can easily add fresh or tinned raspberries, blueberries, or other fruit, or try choc chips. Keep the other ingredients and sprinkle on top after the sauce just before you put it all in the oven.