As a general rule, I’m a lazy dessert kinda gal (see also here and here). This is likely due to a few factors: my lack of a well-developed sweet tooth and my general fear of baking- so much chemistry! so much room for error!
If I can put a dessert together in 10 minutes or less and have it be 100% foolproof, it’s a winner in my books. The second I require 103 ml of anything at a very specific temperature, my palms get sweaty (which, come to think, probably throws the temperature of said ingredient off anyway, which makes it a bit of a Catch 22). In short, if I were at Hogwarts, I would fail Potions something fierce (and this is coming from someone who always fancied herself a bit of a Hermione-type academic).
*Nerdery interlude complete.*
This recipe works on a hot day or a cold day, a wet day or a dry one. I have substituted almond milk or coconut milk on occasion in place of regular milk. I have accidentally turned the oven off half way through cooking and turned it back on again. I have made this after one too many glasses of wine. I have made this cross-eyed at 3am when I suffered from chronic insomnia. It always turns out delicious.
Essentially, this is the short-cut version of a chocolate lava cake for those of us who lack the time, or the patience, or the confidence- but could really go for a chocolatey treat. Crumbly cake, hot fudgey sauce and a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream… yes, please!
|Molten Chocolate Pudding|| |
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups hot water
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and cocoa powder. Add milk, vanilla and melted butter and stir well. Pour batter into an oven safe casserole dish.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar and cocoa powder. Pour over the top of the batter in the casserole and smooth to an even layer. Pour 2 cups of hot water over the entire mixture and bake for 40 minutes.
- Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream. Garnish with fresh mint, raspberries or walnuts if you like!