Self-Saucing Chocolate Orange pudding

Date: September 2020

Self-Saucing Chocolate Orange pudding

This is an intense chocolatey orange sponge with the magic of a gooey sauce at the bottom once it's cooked.  Good with ice cream or cream.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

- 100g/3 ½ oz butter, melted, plus a little

- extra for the dish

- 250g/9oz self-raising flour

- 140g/4 ½ oz caster sugar

- 50g/2oz cocoa

- 1 tsp baking powder

zest and juice 1 orange

- 3 eggs

- 150ml/ ¼ pt milk

- 100g/3 ½ oz orange milk chocolate or milk chocolate, broken into chunks

- single cream or ice cream, to serve

For the sauce

- 200g/7oz light muscovado sugar

25g/1oz cocoa

Method

Butter a 2-litre baking dish and heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the kettle on. Put the flour, caster sugar, 50g cocoa, baking powder, orange zest and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the orange juice and any pulp left in the juicer, the eggs, melted butter and milk, then pour onto the dry ingredients and mix together until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chunks and scrape everything into the baking dish.

Mix 300ml boiling water from the kettle with the sugar and cocoa for the sauce, then pour this all over the pudding batter – don’t worry, it will look very strange at this stage!  Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30 mins until the surface looks firm, risen and crisp. As you scoop spoonfuls into serving bowls, you should find a glossy, rich chocolate sauce underneath the sponge. Eat immediately with vanilla ice cream or single cream.

Next month: Chicken, Bacon and Potato Braise

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