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Less than 1 hour
Serves 8

IMAGE CREDIT    Stylist: Liezl Vermuelen  Photographer: Donna Lewis

The definition of indulgence.


  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup (125g) castor sugar
  • ⅖  cup (100g) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • ½ Tbsp (8ml) vanilla essence
  • 2 cups (300g) self- raising flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup (30g) cocoa powder, sifted
  • ½ tsp (3ml) salt


  • 1 cup (250g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (30g) cocoa powder and extra to serve
  • 1½ cups (375ml) boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Lightly grease a deep 22cm square oven dish. Whisk egg and sugar together until fluffy.
  3. Stir in butter, milk and vanilla essence.
  4. Combine flour, cocoa and salt and fold into egg mixture.
  5. Spoon into dish.
  6. For the topping, combine sugar and cocoa and sprinkle over batter.
  7. Pour boiling water over the back of a spoon to cover pudding (see here).
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the sugar has formed a crust, and the centre is just cooked (it should be gooey at the bottom).
  9. Dust with cocoa; serve with berries and mint.

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