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Post by IyaD on 6th October 2010, 6:34 pm

Eating is one of the simple pleasures in life.....colors, tastes and smell stimulate your senses, can evoke memories and transport you to a different time or place. As it begins to get colder I start craving the comfort of hot puddings and custard.........mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Here is one of my favourite hot puddings...Chocolate Pudding Cake which I found at Joy of Baking

Made some yesterday and I am enjoying the last piece right now with a big mug of tea!!!!



Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe:

Pudding Sauce:

1 1/2 cups (360 ml) boiling water

2 teaspoon instant coffee (powder or granules)

1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar

1/3 cup (70 grams) light brown sugar

1/3 cup (30 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder

Cake:

3/4 cup (95 grams) all purpose flour

1/4 cup (25 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 large egg

4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar

1/3 cup (80 ml) milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (50 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans



Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter, or spray with a non stick cooking spray, an 8 inch (20 cm) square baking dish.

Pudding Sauce: Stir the instant coffee into the boiling water. In a separate bowl, stir together the white sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder.

Cake: In a bowl, sift the flour with the cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. In another large bowl, whisk the egg with the melted butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts. Spread the batter evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle the sugar/cocoa mixture evenly over the cake batter. Gently pour the coffee mixture over the cocoa mixture. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the cake is puffed and just beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, either plain or with vanilla ice cream. Leftovers can be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat in microwave.

Serves 8.

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Post by Dandelion on 6th October 2010, 8:05 pm

At the risk of sounding a bit dim, what is Dutch processed cocoa powder?

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Post by Guest on 6th October 2010, 8:11 pm

Van Houton (the best) I would guess!
This recipe should be banded...Wood Troll has seen it!!!!!!!

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Post by Compostwoman on 6th October 2010, 8:23 pm

Mmm sounds wonderful....

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Post by polgara on 6th October 2010, 10:21 pm

Sounds wonderful, but not allowed on my menu.

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Post by polgara on 6th October 2010, 10:23 pm

Comfort food for me

stew & dumplings, cheese on toast

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Post by Compostwoman on 6th October 2010, 11:01 pm

My comfort food is cheese on toast, beef stew and dumplings, any other stew and dumplings, brocoli and stilton soup, toast and pate with butter under the pate.

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Post by Sparhawk on 6th October 2010, 11:05 pm

Hmm, do I detect a common theme here... bigthink

Me too with cheese on toats...

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Post by Aberlemno on 7th October 2010, 6:51 am

I love a big beef casserole - steak and kidney for preference, and of course, a lovely rib-sticker pudding to follow. Try this Devon recipe - you'll make it again and again.

APPLE DAPPY

225gram/8 oz/2 cups Self-Raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
50g/2 oz margarine
150 ml / 1/4 pint / 5 fl ozs milk
450g/ 1 pound/ 2 v. large cooking apples
1 tablespoon Demerara sugar
½ level teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg (or 1 teaspoon mixed spice)

Syrup:

1 lemon or a little lemon essence
1 tablespoon golden syrup
15g/ ½ oz margarine
100g/ 4 oz sugar
200 ml/ 7 fl oz water

Make the syrup first. Peel a fine strip of lemon rind and squeeze the juice from the lemon. Put rind, juice and all other syrup ingredients into a pan and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and leave in pan until needed.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Rub in margarine. Mix to a dough with the milk. Roll out on a floured board to a rectangle about 20 x 13cm (8 x 5 inches) and 7mm/ ¼ inch thick.

Peel, core and chop apples. Spread them on pastry. Mix sugar and spices together and sprinkle over apple. Roll up pastry and apple like a Swiss roll. Then cut into slices about 2.5 cm/ 1 inch thick.

10. Grease an ovenproof dish and lay slices flat in it. Remove lemon rind from syrup and pour over the apple slices. Bake in a moderately hot oven: :Gas 6, 375 degrees F, 190 degrees C, for about 30 minutes. Serve with cream or custard.

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Post by Snoopka on 7th October 2010, 7:48 am

That chocolate pudding cake is very tempting! Hence I won't be making it, as the other half of the household is diabetic.

My own comfort food is something that I lived on for a couple of weeks once (that and nothing else, truly!). It might seem odd to anyone who has not been brought up in France:
fresh baguette, with 4 squares of chocolate (milk or dark) pushed right in down the middle.
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Post by polgara on 7th October 2010, 8:08 am

Definately savoury things for me Snoopka & for the same reason. I also like meat pies, btu they take a bit more time to make.

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Post by Snoopka on 7th October 2010, 8:53 am

I did notice your comment earlier Pol, and wondered whether it was.
One becomes quite rresourceful though, over time.
The latest thing I am trying is using coconut as a sweetener substitute for some "puddings", remembering it was allowed on the Atkins diet (which didn't allow carbohydrates at all).
Flaked coconut in yogourt is reasonably good.
Maybe we should exchange food tips for the carbohydrate-challenged?
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Post by Guest on 7th October 2010, 10:00 am

sparhawk wrote:Hmm, do I detect a common theme here... bigthink

Me too with cheese on toats...

:bigclap: Some nice English person handed me a lump of cheddar cheese the other day - this remember is foreign food here! It was agreed the best use was Cheese on Toast. Which I dutifully made with wholemeal bread that had celery and caraway seed in it, and then was consumed curled up on the sofa...!!! :biglick:

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Post by polgara on 7th October 2010, 11:04 am

I have been told that that coconut is not a good nut, the best ones being walmuts, which of course are dearer.

Mush as i love cheese, that is definately a small helping only.

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Post by Snoopka on 7th October 2010, 11:14 am

polgara wrote:I have been told that that coconut is not a good nut, the best ones being walmuts, which of course are dearer.


Polgara - coconut used to be thought bad, but newer research has shown that it is far from being the case - it has multiple health benefits, especially organic one. The problem is not to be able to grow it locally!
http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
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Post by polgara on 7th October 2010, 11:20 am

Thanks for that. See the new thread I have started.

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Post by mark barker on 7th October 2010, 11:31 am

Loving the look of that choc pud... I'm a hot pudding person, almost anything that can be accompanied with custard gets my vote! :bigsmile:

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