Saturday, September 3, 2011

Warm and Luscious Mocha Pudding

This warm Mocha Pudding, I promise, takes an hour to make and vanishes in less than half the time!!! The "Sizzling Brownie" at Cafe Coffee Day in India, is one of my favorite desserts. It feels just amazing to taste the hot fudge, warm brownie and the cold ice cream, all at once, in every bite! This was the inspiration for this warm and luscious mocha pudding. You should really really really try this and I am sure you will love it :)

When you have guests all of a sudden or at times when you crave something delicious in a jiffy, this is the one to devour! I made this yesterday when we had friends over for dinner. No time to cook and we ended up having pizza. But who cares about dinner, anyway, when there is an awesome dessert??? I actually started making this when we began eating the pizza and this was ready to eat in 45 minutes.

Mocha Pudding : 4 big servings (We eat a lot of dessert!)
Dry ingredients:
All purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Sugar - 1/2 cup

Wet ingredients:
Butter - 4 tbsp, melted (I used oil when I made it again, today and it tasted equally good)
Semisweet or unsweetened chocolate - 2 oz., finely grated or melted
Milk - 1/3 cup (I used 1% and no regrets)
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp

Dry topping:
Brown sugar - 6 to 8 tbsp (depending on your level of sweet-tooth)
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tbsp

Wet topping:
Hot water - 1/3 cup
Instant coffee granules - 2 tbsp

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Mix the wet ingredients together and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
Coat a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and level the top.
Mix together the dry topping ingredients and sprinkle it on top.
Add the coffee granules to the hot water and pour it on top of the dry topping.
Bake it at 350 F for 30-40 minutes. Keep checking after 30 minutes. It is done when the top is set and looks slightly crusty.
Serve it as soon as it is done. Top it with some ice-cream.

When we were at the grocery store looking for some ice-cream flavors to go with it, Vathsal suggested we buy Caramel flavored ice-cream. He picked a big tub and I said "Pick any flovor, but, buy a small tub so that we would be done with it tonight and not have a temptation tomorrow". With the big tub in his hand, he spontaneously said "I can finish this tonight, if you want me to"!!!

Next time, I would love to try it with vanilla or butter-pecan ice-cream. I also squeezed some chocolate sauce on top ;) Aaaahhhhh......heaven!!!

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