August 30, 2010 § 1 Comment
So, the title of my blog is “Cooking is my Therapy”. It’s named that because one guaranteed way to find out how things are going in my life is to look in my kitchen and see what’s cooking. If there’s cheese on toast (homemade artisan toast but still.. toast) being eaten 3 times a week and jar (organic) pasta sauces being used frequently well then yeah.. you can kind of tell that I’m either stressed, sleep-deprived or just generally down. But when you see that I have been getting the cookbooks out, scouring the internet for new recipes to try and just lapping up food knowledge.. well, it’s a dead give away that I am happy. Or happier. Or at least mildly perkier. Cooking creates this buzz inside me that makes me feel very at ease and in control, and I enjoy it immensely. In the last month we’ve moved house, gotten a puppy and my youngest daughter has been cutting 4 eye teeth at once. So you could say that life has been very full-on, stressful and unrelenting. So my cooking has been well… shite. But now with a new kitchen that is unpacked, new ingredients to try out and a new thirst for knowledge, I’m back. And I hope to provide you with inspiration and ideas as you travel along your cooking journey whether you’re just starting out or are an old pro. The food I cook has one common theme: simple. Cos I like it like that.
So anyway, now that that is out of the way… onto the food.
This is the second pudding I have ever made. It comes from the NMAA cookbook – a gift I was given at the babyshower of my first daughter by my mother in law. I absolutely love this cookbook.
So anyway, onto the pudding. It is so absolutely delicious and I believe this is largely due to the cacao (raw unrefined organic ingredient) in it, as opposed to cocoa (highly processed). It makes a really beautiful Winter dessert. I made mine in a regular bowl that was oven safe.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup self raising flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cacao
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large tablespoon cacao
- Just under 1 cup of very hot water
How ya make it:
- Sift flour, sugar and cacao into a bowl. Stir in the milk and butter.
- Into the bottom of your chosen bowl, put the sauce ingredients in and stir.
- Now on top of the sauce mixture place your cake mixture. It does not have to be placed evenly as the cake will spread and rise to the top and the sauce will stay on the bottom.
- Bake for at 180º for 45 minutes. Serve the pudding with cream or ice-cream.
This recipe serves 2 large servings or 4 small ones. It can be doubled easily.
Please, go away and bake this before Winter ends. Do it right now! And then let me know how much you and your family enjoyed it. 🙂