On outward appearance alone, it doesn’t seem to be vying for an Oscar…..unless you mean Oscar the Grouch. Chocolate Pudding Cake…..that is some nasty-looking piece of work. But in recognition of its significant contribution to the world of desserts, I would nominate it for Best Performance. There are many variations, as is often the case with well-loved recipes. And I have a long history of adding special features along the way, e.g., poached pears, sour cherries, ginger, coffee, etc. But without further ado, may I present my bare bones standby version……..
Recipe: Chocolate Pudding Cake
¾ c flour
1 ¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ c butter, softened
½ c brown sugar
1 oz unsweetened chocolate
½ c milk
1 tsp vanilla
½ c brown sugar
¼ c sugar
3 tbsp cocoa
1 ½ c boiling water
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light.
Melt chocolate in metal bowl over saucepan of boiling water and add to butter/sugar mix.
Add to this in thirds, the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk and vanilla.
Spread in a greased 8-cup casserole dish.
Whisk together in a separate bowl, the sugars, cocoa, and salt.
Sprinkle over batter and pour over all the boiling water. (Feels wicked, I know.)
Do not blend.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 min.
Spoon upside down into dishes, topping with sauce. Best eaten warm with whipped cream.
Serves 4 to 5 temperate appetites.
From the Winter That Wasn’t…..
We had here in Toronto this week a Snowstorm That Wasn’t. But a week earlier, we did get a bit of snow, which was as much as we’ve gotten on any day this year. Here are a few shots from that event…..