Now do excuse the smudge on the plate. It was only after I'd eaten the pudding that I realised that moving the strawberry was not the best of ideas!
This pudding, another stress reliever is so easy to do and makes a good chocolatey hit after a (lightish) dinner. It's not my recipe but one that I saw on Matthew Hayden's Home Ground programme. For those of you who don't know Matthew played cricket for Australia very successfully but I'll not say too much about cricketing prowess as the Ashes series is coming up and I'll be cheering for Old Blighty!
Anyway, the pudding is so simple this is all you have to do:
Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Pudding.
1 cup self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
.75 cup raw sugar
.5 cup milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
1¾ cups hot water
Pinch of salt
Vanilla ice-cream, to serve
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Sift flour, salt and cocoa powder into a bowl and stir in the raw sugar. Add the milk, melted butter and vanilla essence. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add nuts and stir through. Spoon the mixture into a six-cup capacity ovenproof dish.
Mix the brown sugar and extra cocoa powder together and sprinkle over the cake mixture.
Carefully pour the hot water in at the side. Bake for 45 minutes then let stand for about 5 minutes.
Scoop into bowls with plenty of sauce and serve with vanilla ice-cream.
Mine didn't have a great deal of sauce but the ice cream made up for that. What a great way to relieve stress!