Here are a few of my favorite things about Winter, in no particular order:
1. Well loved soft woollen jumpers
2. An open fire
3. Listening to rain on the roof while cozy in bed
4. A walk in the brisk cold to invigorate the senses and generate some fresh energy and thoughts
5. Hot chocolate
6. A break from jobs that need to be done in the garden
8. Red wine
10. Slow cooked meat
You may notice that dessert does feature on the list. We are not regular dessert eaters, it is a very occasional treat. At the end of a grey, miserably cold Winters day dessert can brighten everyone’s day. For this reason dessert tends to feature on lour family menu more often in Winter than it does in Summer.
This self saucing pudding is a dessert I created for the kids a couple of weeks ago. It features seasonal oranges and a double dose of chocolate for good measure. Self saucing pudding is a dessert that I had as a treat when I was growing up. This version is milk free, but not dairy free. There is minimal sugar in this recipe so it is not overly sweet. The kids will not go wild before bed from the sugar intake in this dessert.
- 1 cup of self raising flour
- 3 tablespoons cocao powder
- ¼ cup Pureharvest Rice Malt Syrup
- ½ cup Pureharvest Coco Quench
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 55 grams chopped good quality dark chocolate
- 60 grams melted butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 and ½ cups hot water
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- Set the oven to heat to 160 degrees Celsius
- Add the flour, cocao powder and rice malt syrup to a bowl
- Add the milk, egg and chopped chocolate and stir to combine
- Stir in the melted butter
- Spoon the mixture into single serve pudding bowls or ramekins
- sprinkle the top of the mixture with a little of the brown sugar
- Combine the hot water and orange juice and pour an equal amount over each bowl
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes
- Remove and serve with plain yogurt or cream or ice cream if your prefer.
What do you love about Winter?
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.
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