Oozy Chocolate Pudding

I love the look of this pud! I am a little nervous of it as I like to be fully prepared before my guests arrive. With this recipe it doesn’t look possible. So I have consulted the cooking oracle that is my Auntie Ginny! Who is a whizz in the kitchen! She advised preparing the recipe up to the stage before adding the boiling water. Then later just before I serve the main course I will finish the recipe off and pop it in the oven (with all fingers and toes crossed!)

Oozy Chocolate Pudding

Serves 6

Ingredients

85g unsalted butter, melted

plus extra for greasing

125g plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

8 tbsp cocoa powder

120g caster sugar

250ml whole milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

185g light brown soft sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Lightly grease a 1.25 litre pudding basin. Sift the flour, a pinch of salt, the baking powder and 6 tbsp cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the caster sugar. In another bowl, combine the milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract, then whisk thoroughly into the dry ingredients. Pour the batter into the pudding basin and set on a baking tray.
  2. Mix the brown sugar and remaining cocoa powder. Sprinkle evenly over the batter, then gently pour 250ml boiling water over the top of the pudding. Bake for 55 minutes until risen and firm on top. Serve immediately with double cream or creme fraiche, if liked.

This was AMAZING!! It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had built it up to be. It was actually very simple. Minimum effort with a big result. The chocolate was oozy on the bottom and the top was all firm and spongey. It makes me want to eat it all again! A definate one to try.

I did prepare the recipe in advance up to the end of the first section. I then mixed the brown sugar and cocoa powder together in a seperate bowl. Following that I then put the pudding basin in the fridge and the cocoa and sugar bowl to one side for later. I filled the kettle in preparation, so there would be less flapping about later.

Just before I served the main course I whipped the pudding basin out the fridge, sprinkled on the dry mix, added the boiling water and put it straight into the oven, which was already pre-heated from having the dinner in it. The smell of it cooking was delicious! When it came out the oven it looked just like the picture! I served it with double cream and it was a big hit. I was even asked for a doggy bag! Excellent recipe I thoroughly recommend it.

Recipe from Waitrose Kitchen magazine