Like with most baked puddings, this blueberry chocolate self saucing pudding promises sweet comfort. It is, as you see it. Devilish dark chocolate sauce, craggy topped cake and a handful of virtuous juicy blueberries.
Almost everyone I know has a self-saucing pudding recipe, either passed on by their mothers or given to them by a friend who doesn’t mind spilling family secrets. My mother makes an ethereally light lemon self-saucer and a gingery bake that’s slightly dense but glorious nonetheless. When I first started my cooking classes, I remember making a black forest baked pudding with fresh cherries and chocolate chunks. The sauce was laced with liqueur. There were a lot of very happy ladies going home that day!
The latest addition to the pudding club is this rustic charmer. There a couple of tweaks to the recipe. To the batter I add almond meal, for a nuttier taste, and buttermilk, which makes the cake part a little lighter. Before scraping the batter into the pan, I cover the base with fresh blueberries. As the pudding bakes, the blueberries seep their purplish juices into the sauce. As for the sauce, it’s possibly the best example of reverse baking principles. The liquid is poured over the top and settles on the bottom, once baked. Quite simply, a pudding marvel. As for the method, it’s straight-forward wet to dry mix and bake.
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Blueberry chocolate self saucing pudding
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 150g (1 cup) cake wheat flour
- 100g (1/2 cup) almond flour
- 75g (1/3 cup) castor sugar
- 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) fine salt
- 5ml (1 teaspoon) baking powder
- 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) bicarbonate of soda
- 90ml (6 tablespoons) cocoa powder
- 125ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk
- 125ml (1/2 cup) full cream milk
- 60ml (1/4 cup) melted butter
- 5ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
- 250ml (1 cup) tightly packed Natura Sugars Light Muscovado sugar
- 500ml (2 cups) hot water
- whipped cream and chocolate shavings, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 180º C. Grease a 25cm baking dish with butter. Scatter 1 cup of blueberries on the base, reserving the rest for later.
- Sift together the cake flour, almond flour, castor sugar, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and 3 tablespoons cocoa.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, milk, butter and vanilla. Add the wet to the dry and mix to combine. Dollop the batter over the blueberries, spreading the mixture gently over the top.
- Sift the remaining 3 tablespoons cocoa into a small bowl. Add the muscovado sugar and mix to combine. Sprinkle the cocoa sugar over the batter. Pour the hot water over the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Rest for at 10-15 minutes before serving.
- Serve with softly whipped cream, or ice cream, the remaining blueberries and chocolate shavings.
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