Last week baking blogger Ruth Clemens posted a recipe for a choc pud that you can whip up and have in the oven “in 10 minutes flat” which seemed like a challenge. More to the point, the idea of a “self-saucing” pudding sounded intriguingly miraculous so we had to give it a try.
The pudding mixture didn’t look too good (although it always tastes amazing when licked off the whisk, doesn’t it?).
And when the sauce was poured on top it looked very much like this 9″ diameter dish was not going to accommodate it…
But amazingly, the sauce really does find its was from the top to the bottom while it’s cooking. And what you can’t see here is that when you pick up the dish, you discover that the pudding is actually floating on top of the liquid underneath. An extraordinary effect. Sorry this picture’s a bit blurry, but you get the general idea: it’s a chocolate pudding with chocolate chips.
And most importantly, it tasted great and was very easy indeed, although possibly closer to a 20 minute preparation time for those of us not quite as nifty in the kitchen as young Ruth. Yes, the sauce is a bit lumpy as some of the pudding mixture seems to have dissolved into it. But honestly that didn’t detract from the overall effect.
Apparently if chocolate’s not your thing (what’s wrong with you?) you can do something similar with lemon. But this very easy chocolate pudding recipe will definitely be getting another outing soon. Well done, Ruth!