Monday, February 08, 2010

Right or Wrong?

Next Sunday will be Valentine's Day, so what better day to serve up an 'almost-gourmet' meal. This will be a personal choice, for 'one man's meat is another man's poison'. When it comes to dessert, we cannot go far wrong serving chocolate. So here is a recipe for an easy but delicious pudding. Use half quantities if you wish to serve just two (good) portions. To 'posh it up' a bit, serve with whipped cream that has a little icing sugar and orange liqueur added.

Valentine's Pudding: serves 6
for the pudding...
4 oz (100g) self-raising flour
2 oz (50g) soft muscovado sugar
2 oz (50g) butter, softened
2 eggs
2 level tblsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat well together. When the mixture is smooth, spoon into a 1 litre (2 1/2 pints) buttered pie dish (if you have a heart-shaped dish then all the better) and level the surface. Then make the sauce...
2 level tblsp cocoa powder
5 fl.oz (150ml) boiling water
3 oz (75g) soft muscovado sugar
Put the cocoa into a jug and add the boiling water. Stir until the cocoa has dissolved, then stir in the sugar. Pour this over the pudding mixture.
Place the dish in the oven and bake at 180C, 350F, gas 4 for 30-35 minutes or until the pudding is well-risen and firm on top - the sauce will now be underneath.
Spoon onto serving plates and serve hot with double cream, creme fraiche or ice-cream (vanilla or chocolate).