Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Chocolate pudding in a cup. The perfect small indulgence to compliment a wonderful meal or a decadent delight to savor on a lazy Sunday afternoon. To make this, are no extravagant ingredients to purchase. The hazelnuts called for are readily available in the 'baking' aisle of your grocery store. They are quite often referred to as filberts. If you have purchased them as whole nuts, you can simply grind them in a spice grinder or blender for this recipe. These easy to make puddings are self saucing by the addition of sugar, cocoa, and some boiling water poured over the top before baking.
 Photo and recipe adapted from Donna Hay.
 If you're intrigued by the simplicity of this recipe and the wonderful taste of chocolate, read on...


1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tbl hazelnut meal
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 tbl cocoa powder, sifted ( Reserve 1 1/2 tbl  for topping mixture)*
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 tbl butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar    Extra( needed for the topping mixture)*
1 cup boiling water
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Sift the flour, hazelnut meal, sugar, baking powder, and 2 tbl *of cocoa into a bowl. Add the milk, melted butter, lightly beaten egg, and vanilla and mix well to combine. Spoon into four, 1 cup capacity oven proof dishes ( ramekins or custard cups ). Place on a baking tray in case they overflow. Place the 1/2 cup of brown sugar referred to as Extra * and the  Reserved  1 1/2 tbl cocoa * in a bowl and stir to combine.Sprinkle evenly over the puddings. Then distribute the 1 cup of boiling water evenly on the top of each pudding dish. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the tops are firm. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!
* I placed the symbols so as to simply draw your attention to the fact that the first amount of sugar listed is for the pudding itself and the second amount listed is for the topping. The same applies for the cocoa.
Just in case its on a sleepy Sunday that you're making these!!

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