….or you will be sorely disappointed. One night this winter, 4 families in our neighbourhood convened for pizza and drinks. While, eating, the dads decided to run to the Future Shop and buy Beatles Rock Band on a whim, leaving the Moms in charge of food, drink and children for a short time. I noticed a dessert on the stove, waiting to be baked in a casserole dish and together the hostess and I decided we should bake it (her husband had made it earlier). When the Dads came back, the host Dad was dismayed to detect a burnt sugar smell wafting from the oven. We had left out a crucial ingredient: boiling water. I did not realize we in fact baking a self-saucing pudding cake, just the same as my Mom used to make in the 70s and 80s growing up. I felt so bad for burning dessert, I assisted the host in throwing one together, and it was in the oven in 5 minutes. About 45 minutes later, we were all served a moist, fragrant cake sitting on top of a hot chocolate sauce with vanilla ice cream. Oh Yeah. One of the best things about this recipe is that you mix it in the casserole dish, minimizing clean up time.
How to: In a deep casserole dish, combine 1 cup all purpose flour, 3/4 cups of white granulated sugar, 3 Tbsp. cocoa, 2 tsp. baking powder and
1/4 tsp. salt. Mix with a fork. Melt 1/2 cup butter and pour over dry ingredients and mix with a fork. It will be pasty and weird. Next add 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix that in and smooth out the top. Now, in a small dish mix 3/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup cocoa and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake batter. Place the casserole on a baking sheet (unless you like dirty ovens) and pour over the top 1 and 1/2 cups boiling water. Bake at 350 F for about 45 to 50 minutes. It will be jiggly because the cake is floating on top of a chocolatey sauce (yum!). This is such a quick, satisfying dessert.
Incidentally, this recipe is my neighbour’s mothers recipe, that he grew up with, too. It really brings me back to eating dinner as a family in our small kitchen, my chair very close to the oven and all of it’s wonderful aromas. I hope someone out there gives it a go!
In the knitting department, I continue to be a tad obsessed with toe-up socks – I am working on writing up 2 patterns that I will offer for free downloads. More on this later…