And in Worst-Dressed Category…….

Chocolate Pudding Cake

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

Batter:
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

Sauce:
½ c brown sugar
¼ c sugar
3 tbsp cocoa
pinch salt
1 ½ c boiling water

Batter:
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.

Sauce:
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.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

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…..

In between this snowfall and the Storm That Wasn’t, what did I spy, but a blooming Blue Periwinkle!

Periwinkle, Untouched Photo, Feb. 22, 2012

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