Sunday, July 12, 2009

The mysteries of unwinding on a Sunday evening

Nothing beats Chocolate pudding on a wintry Sunday night.

I can't seem to enjoy my Sunday night wind-down routine without a British murder mystery on the ABC. Four weeks ago I was in bliss as the ABC started screening a new run of Agatha Christie series. I love Agatha Christie, especially during the winter time.

Sadly tonight's episode will be the last of the current screening of Agatha Christie mysteries. In honour of farewelling my beloved Sunday night television show I thought it fitting to bake a self-saucing chocolate pudding from The Australian Women's Weekly cookbook circa 1970.

2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teapsoon vanilla (I always put in much, much more than this meagre amount)
1 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 cups hot water

3/4 brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa

Heat butter and milk in a saucepan, stir unti butter melts and remove from heat, add vanilla. Sift dry ingredients into basin, add butter mixture to well in centre, stir until smooth, pour into deep, greased 2 pint ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with topping, carefully pour over hot water. Bake in a moderate oven 40-45 minutes.

Serves 4 or 1 greedy person who is mourning the disruption to their Sunday night routine.

Pictures begin with the end result and work their way back to the mixing bowl. Just for something different.

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