An easy to pull together dessert that never disappoints


  • 1 cup self-raising flour

  • 2 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 80g butter, melted, cooled

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • Sauce

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted

  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease an 8-cup capacity ovenproof baking dish. Sift flour and cocoa into a large bowl. Stir in sugar.

  • 2.

    Combine butter, milk and egg in a jug. Slowly add to flour mixture, whisking until well combined and smooth. Spoon into baking dish. Smooth top.

  • 3.

    To make the sauce: Sprinkle combined sugar and cocoa over pudding.

  • 4.

    Slowly pour boiling water over the back of a large metal spoon to cover pudding. Place dish onto a baking tray. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until pudding bounces back when pressed gently in centre.

  • 5.

    Serve with berries and cream


The pudding can be made in advance and the boiling water poured over just before it goes into the oven.

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