Every other Sunday, whenever the help decide to go on a day off or whenever I’m too blue to join the rest of the family, I find myself home alone, happily puttering about the kitchen, and trying out new recipes for one.
Because last week was an ordeal and a half to get through, I was totally grateful for the opportunity to just stay in and not have to interact with the rest of humanity or deal with the bloody blistering heat that has all the brainless beach bunnies excited and yours truly in a right, proper snit. It was nice to just be able to curl up on the living room couch to watch reruns of The Voice, eat savory tartines for lunch (sauteed mackerel with Cheddar on buttered whole wheat = YUM!), and prepare a truly indulgent dessert for myself that takes less than ten minutes to go from store-cupboard to stomach.
This is a variation on the Nutella mug-cake I posted a few weeks back, but this one is less stodgy as it uses orange marmalade instead of Nutella. It’s an easy-peasy sort of dessert, but one that really satisfies any chocolaty cravings as well as any need for edible comfort. The dark smokiness of the cocoa powder is brought into sharp relief by the tangy, bittersweet marmalade.
Oh, and another thing: vanilla ice cream isn’t optional here – it’s a necessity. Putting the ice cream on the pudding whilst it’s still hot melts it into a delectable sauce and keeps the pudding nice and moist while you eat.
Quickfire Chocolate-Orange Pudding
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons orange marmalade (the chunky kind works best, by the way)
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
In a large microwaveable bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, and egg till frothy. Sift in the cocoa, sugar, and flour; mix till smooth. Add the orange marmalade and mix until well combined. Microwave at HIGH for two minutes. Serve immediately topped with the ice cream.
Incidentally… Hey-ho! ‘Tis the weekend and my stress therapist tells me that a good laugh can do a lot to help relieve serious stress. That said, check out the 2009 Australian short feature Multiple Choice for some seriously funny misadventures: