Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

I just bought some 7 oz. ramekins (got a really good deal, $ .50/each) and wanted to find a dessert recipe that used them. So I went through my cupboards to see what ingredients I had on hand, then off to to list the ingredients that I wanted and those that I didn't. (The munchkins thoroughly enjoyed playing with the bubble wrap and box that the ramekins came in the entire time that I browsed the internet!)

Nothing was really catching my fancy, when I remembered that my the Pastor's wife at my extension church (while I was in college) use to make a really yummy hot fudge pudding cake. I never thought to get her recipe, so I decided to just type "Hot fudge pudding cake recipe" in the search field at Google. Then, I found it, the recipe that I had all the ingredients for - Nook & Pantry's (blog) version of Hot Fudge Pudding Cake! I made it on Tuesday night after dinner and served it warm with a scoop of Kemps' Old Fashion Vanilla Custard. Sooooooooooooo, yummy!

Here is the recipe:

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake (Adapted from Cook's Illustrated)
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 1/2 cup water (or mix 1 cup of cold leftover coffee with 1/2 C water)
  • 2/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
For One Big Cake
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and adjust the oven rack to the lower middle position. Spray a 8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk the instant coffee into the water and set aside. In a bowl, stir together 1/3 C of the cocoa powder, the brown sugar, and 1/3 C of the granulated sugar. Break up any large clumps of the brown sugar and set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a heat proof bowl over a pot of barely simmering water or in the microwave. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until the mixture is smooth (heat it in the microwave using low power if the chocolate does not all melt). Add the cocoa powder and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

4. Add the remaining granulated sugar, vanilla, milk, and egg to the chocolate mixture and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk until the batter is smooth.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, spread it out, and smooth the top. Sprinkle the cocoa and sugar mixture that you set aside earlier evenly over the batter. It should cover the batter completely. Then drizzle the coffee mixture all over the top of the cocoa mixture.

6. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the cake is puffed, bubbling, and starting to pull away from the sides of the pan. Do not overbake. Cool the cake for 20ish minutes before serving; they will fall as they cool. Serve with vanilla or coffee ice cream or whipped cream and berries.

Warm leftover cake in the microwave and it'll taste just as good the next day.

For Individual Cakes
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray 6 7oz. ramekins with nonstick spray and set the ramekins on a baking dish. (Don't overfill your ramekins! Individual cakes should be baked in 6-7 oz. portions.)

2. Divide the batter evenly in the ramekins and smooth out the top. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of the cocoa sugar mixture over the top of the batter. Make sure to cover the batter completely. Slowly pour 3-4 tablespoons of the coffee mixture over the top of the cocoa. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, or until puffed and bubbling. Cool for 10 minutes before serving; they will fall as they cool. Serve with vanilla or coffee ice cream or whipped cream and berries.

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