Monday, May 30, 2011

Chocolate Hot Fudge Pudding Cake & Steamed Chocolate Piggy Baos

Finally, school holiday is here! A little breather after the hectic schedules from the first half of the year. But again, there's quite a number of things lined up in the month of June. Father's day coming in a couple week's time; My elder child's birthday, which means I need to whip up a special cake for her; Friends....good friends to be specific, are coming to visit me from Malaysia! Not one but 2 separate groups of friends. :)) Excited? You bet I am, lol! So I didn't really plan for any get away trips this time. For I know I'm gonna have a blast when my girlfriends are here. :)

Back to today's post. I figured it's already the end of May now. So why not have the excuse of baking something chocolate to post the last submission to Aspiring Bakers for this month, heehee. :D But frankly speaking, I have so many chocolate recipes to share, just doesn't have the leisure to post them this month. *sigh* Anyway, I decided to post something really simple to whip up, yet so chocolaty, gooey good that is sure to melt any chocolate lover's heart. :)
I got this simple recipe from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book which I bought awhile back. In fact I have been holding back to bake this for awhile now since my child was having cough earlier. Now that she's all better...yoohoo! Baking time! :) 15 minutes after its out from the oven, I topped it with a scoop of Rum & Raisin ice cream....and it's all good! :D Wanna give it a go? Here is the recipe, but I modified it to slightly less sweet:

Ingredients for Hot Fudge Pudding Cake: (makes about four/ five 6 oz ramekins)
2/3 cup (2 ounces) Dutch Processed cocoa powder (I used Valrohna)
6 tbsp (6 ounces) unsalted butter
2 ounces quality bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa or higher), chopped coarse
3/4 cup all purpose (3 3/4 ounces) )
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar ( 5 1/4ounces) (Original calls for 1 cup)
3 tbsp light brown sugar (Original calls for 1/3 cup)
1/3 cup whole milk
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk, room temp
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 cup weak coffee (i just used a packet of instant coffee mix + 1.5cups water)

  • Preheat the oven to 200C. Grease five 6 oz ramekins and set aside for use later.
  • In a saucepan, add in butter, 3/4 of the cocoa powder (1&3/4 ounces) and chopped chocolate and heat over low heat. Stir well and mix. Then turn off the heat once everything blends together. Set aside for now.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. Then in a separate bowl, combined 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and the light brown sugar. Stir to mix well and break up any lumps. Set aside for later use.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the remaining granulated sugar, milk, vanilla, egg yolk, and salt and stir to combine. Then whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture, followed by the flour mixture. Divide this batter equally into the ramekins. Sprinkle 1 heaping tbsp of coca powder mixture into each ramekin, follow by 3 tbsp of the coffee solution. Repeat till all the ramekin is filled.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes till bubbly and puffed. Note that you shouldn't over bake this, else the gooey effect will be gone. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes and serve while warm. Bon Appetit!
I love this chocolate pudding cake! The method may sound really unorthodox, as it doesn't mix in all the ingredients into the batter. But trust me, that sprinkle of cocoa mixture and coffee really create pure magic in the pudding. These "loose" ingredients form sort of a fudge sauce in the oven and, after the cake is baked, the sauce winds up underneath the cake....yum!! If you are chocolate fanatic like me, please don't miss out on this. :) I believe this is quite a wonderful desert to serve after dinner, just top it off with some creme fraiche / whipped cream or even better, some vanilla ice cream!

Before I finish this post, I would like to share with you all something fun I made a couple weeks back. It is actually the same bao recipe that I was raving about. Super soft and delicious even on its own. But this time round, I shaped the chocolate baos into cute little piggy heads and filled it with peanut butter paste. Yum? Yummy good! :))
Frankly speaking these piggies are cute enough to have their own post. But I really don't have that time to do that, so I have to do this combine post again. :P
Again the recipe turned out wonderful, soft and yummy, even days after. So even if you made a big batch, just chill in the fridge up to 5 days or freeze it up to a month, no problem. ;)
The peanut filling was really good, but it might have been a little on the dry side. Will improve it and make this version again as I love peanut butter more then red bean paste, lol! How I made the peanut paste was using roasted ground peanuts, peanut butter and some melted butter plus powdered sugar to taste.

As mentioned, I'm submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #7 - Chocolate Delight (May 2011) hosted by DG from Tested and Tasted. I LOVE CHOCOLATE!

Hope the cute piggies have lightened your mood a little. ;) It sure did for me and best part is it filled my tummy too, lol! :D Okay, folks, have to leave you all for now and will post again when I get some free time. Have a nice day!!


The Sweetylicious said...

you're openly attracting me to this highly tempting and cannot resist dessert that's so chocolatey, gooey and fudgey!! BOOKMARKED! :D
the bao look soooo cute! and is so soft and fluffy!

DG said...

Very cute piggy baos and your chocolatey fudge pudding looks delightful!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Wow, that is one rich and moist fudge! I need to be on diet so I won't be eating this pudding any time soon :)

CaThY said...

All look so inviting! The piggies are so cute ;)

edith said...

This looks absolutely to die for! Bookmarked as well.

My Little Space said...

The steamed buns are so cute and the desserts simply amazing too. I want both. What do you say? :o) Hope you're having a lovely day.

ReeseKitchen said...

So this is the choc fudge you said you had huh....looks wonderful! Can I have some this Sunday?...hehe!
Btw, I just started the 1st step of the pau dough of yours. Its nicely resting in my fridge now, will try out the 2nd step tomorrow morning, hopefully mine turns out nice too...;p

Jean said...

the buns look so adorable!! with a hidden surprise! love the deeply chocolatey pudding too :D

Swee San @ TheSweetSpot said...

mmm the chocolate pudding looks so inviting, ready to dive in... hehe

Kitchen Corner said...

Super cute piggy pao! That must need some effort I guess. Beside, I am attracted by your pudding cup, very nice serving dish!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hahaha, thanks Jasmine! Hope you will try our this pudding cake, it's very chocolaty and indulging!

Thanks Doris!

Shirley, there is no such word as diet in us food bloggers! lol!

Thanks Cathy!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Edith. :) hope you will like this recipe...

Kristy I say yes and yes! Lol! When you coming over to visit me? Hope oy have. Wonderful week too!

Reese, cannot bring this pudding to you lah. It's baked in a ramenkin and it needs to be served warm leh. No worries, I already know what to make for you ladies this Sunday!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Jean....I'm loving the piggies too, lol!

Thanks Swee San!

Grace, actually this boa recipe is pretty easy to handle, so no problem for me to shape them this way. ;)) heehee, the pudding cups were bought in States during my last trip back from William Sonoma...the bakery supply heaven, heehee!

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Angie's Recipes said...

o man..that chocolate fudge pudding with ice atop looks sinfully decadent! The piggy buns are cute.

Lyndsey said...

I work at a school and we get out next Wed for the summer. How nice you get your daughter and friends visiting.

This pudding cake looks amazing! I know my daughter would love it. I love how the texture looks. (I always cut back on the sugar called for in dessert recipies)

Cute, cute piggy baos, so soft and yummy! You have some really good things on your blog here.

lena said...

wow, you are really tempting me with this choc pudding! very dangerous..already putting on weight now and hey, those piggies are too cute! sure you want to eat them? hahaha!

Foodness Gracious said...

What a great blog and I haven't had rum n raisin ice cream for so long!! Great pics also
Thanks for sharing..

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Luckily I did not call you to have meet up since you have so many group of friends visit you, hehehe..actually why I did not call you as I know you must be very busy during school holidays. Let me know if you come over here ya. I saw you use Valhorna cocoa powder a lot, I think to buy when I in SG but I am not so lucky as Sunlik just ran out of stock. About the Nespresso , I got it about SGD 667 Delongi model and with SGD 50 discount voucher which you can use to buy the cartridges. Your husband must be very happy to receive this lovely gift from you. I got it from