February 1, 2016


It doesn’t matter how skilled you are in the kitchen, whether you religiously cook from scratch or are someone who always has a packet mix at the ready – it pays to have a few go-to dishes under your belt when the opportunity strikes.

When you’re cooking lunch and dinner five to seven days a week, being in the kitchen can become an arduous task and coming up with different meals to cook can seem almost impossible.

But I’ve found it to be extremely helpful to have a few signature dishes at the tip of your fingers when you have people coming over for dinner, or a special occasion arises.

That dish for me is chocolate self-saucing pudding – it’s quick and easy to make (even better, you can prepare the pudding part ahead of time to save spending too much time in the kitchen once your guests arrive) and there are always licked-clean plates at the end of the meal!

This particular dessert is my husband’s favourite and is one he often requests, so I’ll be making this on Valentine’s Day. If you’re new to cooking or not feeling very adventurous, this is a great dish to start with and is sure to impress that special someone in your life.



  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (for pudding)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¾ brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa (for sauce)
  • 1 ¼ cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Sift the self raising flour, caster sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa into a bowl. Stir in the milk and vanilla essence until well combined. Spoon the mixture into a medium baking dish.
In a heat-proof bowl, add the brown sugar, ¼ cup cocoa and boiling water and stir until the sugar and cocoa have dissolved. Gently pour over the mixture in the baking dish.
Bake for about 30 minutes and serve with cream or vanilla ice cream and scatter with fresh or frozen berries.

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