Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Self-saucing Vegan

My Omi is a seasoned baker. She would always have more than one thing coming out of the oven and they would always have more than one thing missing from their 50 or 60 year old memory recipe. I remember asking my mom one day when she arrived home announcing, "Omi's given us some cake", "What's it missing?", "Baking soda - but it still tastes good!" Whatever ingredient she accidentally bypassed she made up for in effort and love. She would always have food on her table or perpetually at the ready to be swiftly shoved into a grandchild's ever hungry belly. I will always remember this meatloaf sandwich that she made for me with German butter cheese and day old leftovers. Amazing. Meatloaf never tasted so good! I love food memories. Even if they were missing pieces or a little over done - they still leave you with that longing for them to return. 

We never made self-saucing pudding growing up. I have only been introduced to it's simplicity and deliciousness in the past couple of years. It's one of those things that makes you feel comfortable, safe, overweight. It is completely effortless - other than the part where you have to roll out of your seat to get a second helping before the cake sucks up all it's molten gooeyness. It is perfect. It is a memory maker.

*This version is Vegan - replace with animal products if you wish.

In the dish (with lid) that you are planning to bake it in, mix up one cup of self rising flour, 1/4 of a teaspoon salt, 1/2 a cup of sugar, two tablespoons cocoa, 1/2 a cup of soy milk, and 2 tablespoons melted margarine. It will look like a cake batter - I threw in a few squares of dark chocolate to make it taste even more amazing. On top of your batter sprinkle 1/2 a cup of brown sugar that has been tossed together with 4 tablespoons of cocoa. Pour over the back of a spoon (to avoid creating a hole in the batter) 1 and 3/4 cups of boiling water. Do not mix!

Pop your lid on and cook for 30 to 40 minutes in a 180c oven. The top will look like cake but all planet like and bumpy. Scoop out and eat when hot. Soy ice cream with this was beyond amazing. 


  1. good lord that looks amazing.

  2. ...just read this to Omi...she totally remembers it...she said this made her so happy....thanks so much hon :) mom & Omi

  3. Cute! Get her to send me one! xx