Amazing Chocolate Pudding

This week’s baking involved another flashback. This time to University days when I used to make this Chocolate Fudge Pudding as a treat for my friends because it’s pretty cheap to make but really indulgent and super yummy. Just the thing for people who need lots of energy, a bit like my kids who are always hungry, especially after a day at school.

This week’s musings have been about if we’re possibly causing a problem for ourselves. If we tell small children to smile and pretend not to be sad as they go into school so they can get a sticker and then we wonder why our teenagers are unable to express how they feel and talk it out but rather tell us they are ‘fine’ and then start self-harming or develop an eating disorder! (To be clear I’m talking about ‘we’ as a society, not my own family). So no, I’m not happy about the accidental wee in my bed this morning but yes, I am going to keep cuddling my children whenever they need me to (or let me in the case of the teenagers).

On to the recipe, chocolate always helps me feel better.

Chocolate Fudge Pudding.

Sift:

1 cup plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons sugar

Add:

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

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Mix it all together until it’s a brownie type consistency batter and pour or spoon into a greased 6″ square tin.

In a separate bowl mix together:

1 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons sugar

Sprinkle over the batter.

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Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over the top and bake at 350f 175c Gas 4 for 40 minutes.

When cooked the cake is at the top and the sauce underneath just like magic. Tastes like magic too and even better with a little ice cream or cream.

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Valentine’s Special

I’m on the fence with Valentine’s day. It’s fun to give a card and gift and to receive one and to have a nice meal. But I agree in part with the people who hate valentine’s day because they feel they are being told to do these things by people who will make money out of it. I wish everything in life was free from commercial influence really, the way people are valued by their contribution to the economy makes me sad. I get annoyed though at being told if my relationship was as wonderful as random internet people’s I wouldn’t need a special day to remind me to write a card or buy a gift for my husband. As it happens we do buy each other gifts randomly sometimes too but we also sometimes get caught up with the day to day and fail to appreciate each other. I find it hard to believe that people who pontificate about how they don’t celebrate valentine’s day are always buying spontaneous gifts and writing spontaneous love poems but maybe I’m just a cynical bitter old person 😉

So the compromise somewhere in the middle of not celebrating commercialism but wanting to take the reminder to show my husband I really do appreciate him is where I try to find my joy. I love to make gifts for people because it’s my way of putting something of myself and therefore the feeling behind the gift into the package. This is especially true for valentine’s day. I think I’ve made something every year of the 20 we’ve been together although there may have been one or two somewhere in the madness of small children I’ve gone commercial.

Pretty simple this year just melted chocolate with sprinkles and m and m’s but very effective.

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Kitchen assistant enjoyed the melting process and found some mini cases so she kept going with her own project. It was very sticky.

Melted butter and marshmallows with crisped rice cereal mixed in. There’s a reason it’s normally done all in one pot. It’s very sticky.

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They look cool, she’s refusing to eat them because they are too sticky but everyone else likes them. Not healthy but very yummy and fun.