Lifesaver Speedy Chocolate Puddings

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes

    2

    adult portions

Appears in

Madhouse Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for the Busy Family Kitchen

Madhouse Cookbook

By Jo Pratt

Published 2013

  • About

I have to admit, when chocolate is a must, these extremely quick-and-easy puddings are my guilty little pleasure. They are designed specifically for making in the microwave and are a true lifesaver. Stick to the basic pudding, or, for an additional treat, add a little surprise to them from the suggestions below. The cooking times are based on an 850-watt microwave. It’s pretty amazing to see these puddings cook in a matter of minutes.

Preparation Time 5 minutes
Cooking Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

    For the Chocolate Puddings

  • 3 tablespoons sunflower, vegetable, grapeseed or peanut oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • Β½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Suggestions for the Extra Treats

  • choose your favorites, such as:
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • a scattering of mini marshmallows
  • 2 teaspoons jam
  • finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped roasted hazelnuts or other nuts
  • Β½ banana, peeled and chopped
  • ice cream, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Grease two microwave-safe teacups, small mugs or ramekins with oil. Mix together all the pudding ingredients until you have a smooth batter. Then divide evenly between the prepared dishes. If you are adding an extra treat, gently stir it in.
  2. Put in the microwave and cook on High 2 minutes.
  3. Tuck in either as they are, or turn out into bowls and enjoy with a spoonful of ice cream, if you like.