....Something chocolatey, gooey, fudgey, you seriously need to consider this! But first, a bit of background.....
So here's my darling hubby, sitting on his favourite chair, with plastic eye protecters taped over his face. Today he had laser eye surgery. I have to say, the sight of my hunky man shuffling up the garden path with black sunnies over his eye protecters, being led by the hand by his sister is not something I ever want to see again. My tall and solid husband just looked so vulnerable, I nearly burst into tears at the sight of him. He walked so carefully, unsure of his steps and surroundings, an arm flailing out randomly when he felt out of balance.
He spent most of the afternoon in bed, but after dinner as I was pottering around doing stuff with the kids, he mentioned that he felt like a yummy chocolate self saucing pudding. Not a bad idea, I thought! But frankly, I don't have the time or energy to do a proper one tonight. Instead, I googled 'individual microwave chocolate puddings', and after a brief search, I found something that I thought would suffice nicely!
This recipe is adapted from the Mug Brownie recipe on Instructables ... a website I had never heard of until now. And let me tell you, it is easy as! Also, just as a little side note, it has NO egg, butter or milk! So as far as I can tell, it can qualify as vegan.
2 tbs plain flour
2 tbs self raising flour
4 tbs sugar (I just used the regular white stuff)
2 tbs cocoa
2 tbs canola oil
2 tbs water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Put everything into a small bowl and mix it up! Be sure to mix it well though, you don't want patches of white flour in amongst your chocolate pud.
Spoon it into a mug, or divide the mixture among two smaller mugs (this is what I did).
Microwave on high for around 1 minute (I did 1 mug at a time), or until it rises a little and stabilises there. You have to use your intuition here, as microwaves tend to have different wattage ratings etc. But it really shouldn't be too much more than 1 minute.
Let it stand for a few seconds when it's done, then serve with ice cream.
Seriously, this was just the chewy gooey chocolatey thing that I needed! Hubby liked it as well, despite the fact that he couldn't see what he was eating (and I had to feed him anyway, poor bugger).
This is the first time I've tried this recipe. In case you haven't picked up already, it has a really chocolatey fudgey kind of texture. It isn't a light and fluffy sort of pudding. But definately for chocolate lovers! Next time I might try adding a little bit of baking powder to make it a little lighter in texture, or maybe some chocolate chips to add that little something more.
But what I love about this recipe the best, is that you can make it in around 5 minutes, for a perfect serve of one - or two if you're happy to share.