Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

Serves: 4-6 Ready in: 55 mins

The original classic family pudding, it's easy to make and with its layer of thick sauce underneath, looks wickedly indulgent. Serve it with cream or ice-cream.


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 60g melted butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water


            Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa and brown sugar. In a separate bowl mix together the melted butter, milk, eggs, salt and vanilla essence.

            Stir the liquids into the dry ingredients to make a smooth batter. Pour into an oven proof dish.

            Mix together the second measure of brown sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over the top of the pudding.

            Hold a serving spoon over the pudding and pour the boiling water over the curved back of the spoon gently onto the pudding so the water covers the batter.

            Bake for 30-40 minutes until the pudding is well risen and springy. Serve warm with cream or ice-cream.


            Gluten free: Replace the flour and baking powder with gluten free flour. Dairy free: replace the butter with dairy free spread and use soy or rice milk.


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