March 22, 2011

Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding - The Best Emergency Pudding

Living on The Farm, we often have last minute dinner guests.  I have a few stand by recipes that I always keep ingredients for.

My absolute, all time favourite, last minute pudding is Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding.  It is super yummy, ridiculously easy and all the ingredients keep in the pantry (and are easily available in a country IGA).

I think I originally got the recipe out of a primary school fundraising cook book but I honestly can't remember.  I know it is a good recipe though because the CWA have a similar version in one of their books.  And we all know the CWA is never wrong.

It is not a very glamourous looking pudding.  Actually it is not very attractive at all.  Think more mud pie type appearance than frou frou French patisserie appearance.

So, without further ado.  Here it is.



  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa (I use the dark baking cocoa)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 60 g margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 egg


  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cups of boiling water

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Then pop all the batter ingredients in an electric mixer until they are all nicely mixed.

Nicely Mixed Batter Ingredients

Then pour the batter into a smallish casserole dish (1-1.5L I guess). Mix the dry sauce ingredients in a separate bowl.  Try and mush them up a bit to get rid of any lumps but it honestly doesn't matter that much.  The mix looks a bit like dusty gravel.

Our Driveway Looks Like This

Put the dry sauce ingredients evenly over the batter and gently pour the boiling water on top.  The whole thing then looks like a muddy puddle.  Don't panic.  It's supposed to look like this.

Puddle Like Pudding

Pop the pudding in the oven for about 40 minutes or until the top looks all cakey.

I serve it with vanilla ice cream and it definitely hits the spot.

Pudding - All Bubbly and Yummy


Kate said...


Hello Vintage said...

Yum, if I hadn't been eating my sons Tiny Teddies all day I would bake one. Lol

Sydney Shop Girl said...

Puddle like puddings!!

The best chocolate baked goods originate as brown puddles. Mud cake is another good example.

SSG xxx

Sydney Shop Girl blog

Romina Garcia said...

Evil evil woman. That looks too delicious to ignore. I'll make it, if you don't tell my hips. Ok? Deal.

Emma said...

Mmmmm, we make this exact pudding often. I got the recipe from a Bill Granger column and he credits it to his mother-in-law who apparently got it from a cookbook produced by a primary school in WA...

The Distressed Mother said...

Puddings are the bomb. They don't look fancy but taste fabulous.


Penny's Portraits said...

I just made one last night! How good is self saucing chocolate pudding!!

Tas said...

Can't beat a good self saucing pudding! ;)

Fiona said...

Only twelve days to go of this crazy self-inflicted deprivation!
Then I'm giving this a whirl. Looks like a great winter warmer.

thatblogyoudo said...

Oh yum! self saucing pudding yummo! sticky date pudding is another crowd pleaser from pantry staples... may make it tomorrow and post it on my blog... hmmm great photos!!

Anonymous said...

Who needs it to look frou frou when it tastes amazing! And you are so right the CWA never gets it wrong. Love your blog :)