Self-saucing choc pud
This is the second easy-as-pie and utterly delicious recipe I am featuring from  my friend Nicky Stubbs‘ cookbook, For Friends & Family. I made it recently and, even though I got a bit muddled when I tried to convert millilitres to grams (don’t do it!),  my dinner party guests loved it and it’s already become one of my staples.  I promise you’ll want to add it in  your repertoire, too. The pud happens to be a firm favourite of Nicky’s son Tom, who asked her to include it in the cookbook as “Sunday lunch isn’t the same without chocolate pudding”. I couldn’t agree more! Nicky says the chocolate pudding  is “immensely satisfying” and the stuff of childhood dreams. Made with standard kitchen ingredients such as cocoa and not chocolate, it isn’t too rich or expensive. The darkly delicious sauce develops during the cooking process. Here’s how to make it …

Chocolate Self-saucing Pudding

Serves 4 to 6

250 ml (1 cup) self-raising flour
30 ml (2 tbsp) cocoa powder
125 ml (½ cup) brown sugar
80 g butter, melted
125 ml (½ cup) milk
1 extra-large egg
Topping/sauce
30 ml (2 tbsp) cocoa powder
190 ml ( ¾ cup) brown sugar
310 ml (1 ¼ cups) boiling water
fresh cream, custard or ice cream, to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Spray a smallish 2-litre capacity ovenproof dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
2. Sift the flour and cocoa together in a bowl. Add the sugar.
3. Mix the melted butter, milk and egg together with a fork in a small bowl or jug. Add
to the flour mixture and beat with a wire whisk until smooth.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth gently.
5. For the topping, combine the cocoa and sugar and sprinkle over the top of the
pudding mixture.
6. Carefully pour the boiling water over the cocoa and sugar, using the back of a large
serving spoon to prevent splashing.
7. Bake for 40 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.
8. Serve with fresh cream, custard or ice cream.

For Friends & familyThis recipe is from For Friends & Family by Nicky Stubbs (Human & Rousseau, an imprint of NB Publishers).  You can also try Nicky’s Chicken Marbella recipe … it is divine.

The cookbook is Nicky’s love letter to her family. Read my interview with her here.

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