In my dining room there is a sign on the wall that says “Cooking is Love Made Visible”. Of course there are many ways to show your love for someone … cooking happens to be my favorite. There are two reasons I decided to share this recipe with you at this time:
- I have yet to post a dessert blog … that tab has been empty far too long.
- It will be Valentine’s Day in less than 24 hours and this plate of chocolate gooey goodness is guaranteed to impress!
You’ve heard the phrase “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? Well, guys, I am giving you a gift this Valentine’s Day. The way to a woman’s heart (at least this woman’s) is through CHOCOLATE! And do not say anything about not being able to bake. No mixer involved. If you can boil water in a microwave, you can do this. You must, however, read the directions (apologies for the age-old, stereotyping joke … but you really must).
Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
7 Tbsp cocoa, divided
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted but not hot
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray an 8″ or 9″ square glass pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. Blend in milk, butter and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. In a separate bowl, stir together remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and remaining 4 tablespoons cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter (it looks like a lot but that’s the key). Gently pour boiling water over top; do not stir. Bake 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes. Serve while warm with ice cream or whipped topping.
I wanted to try something different this time so I used 6 (7-oz) ramekens instead of the square baking dish. It worked. But it didn’t work as well as the square baking dish. I have a couple ideas why but the point is it was still delicious! Not perfect … it wasn’t quite as “fudgy” as it usually turns out in the pan. But isn’t that the point of Valentine’s Day? Nobody’s perfect … just “perfect” to you!
Want to put this Valentine’s Day completely over the top?
DO.THE.DISHES. (there aren’t many)
Warm chocolate dessert. Clean countertops. A small bouquet of flowers on the table.
Enjoy a thoughtful Valentine’s Day picnic.
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