Whole Orange & Chocolate Pudding

 

This recipe is a crowd pleaser, whenever I get invited to a friend’s house for dinner I take it with me, after all who doesn't like chocolate and orange?  It is perfect when coming into winter.

 

Ingredients

2 oranges
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150 g self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
110 g brown sugar
80 g butter, melted and cooled
125 ml milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
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165 g brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
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cream and fresh berries
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Feeds 3–6 (depending on how hungry you are)
 

DIRECTIONS

1: Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a medium baking dish.

Place the oranges in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour or until the oranges are soft, topping up the water if needed. Remove the oranges from the water and, when cool enough to handle, cut into bite-sized pieces, rind and all. Reserve 500 ml orange water for the pudding. 

2: Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl and stir in the brown sugar.  Whisk together the butter, milk and egg in a jug, then slowly add to the flour mixture, whisking until smooth and well combined. Spoon into the baking dish and smooth the top, then decorate with the orange pieces.

3: Combine the brown sugar and cocoa powder in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the pudding. Slowly pour the reserved boiling orange water over the pudding, making sure it is evenly covered. Place the dish on a baking tray, then put in the oven and bake for 35–40 minutes or until the pudding bounces back when gently pressed in the centre. 

4: Serve hot with cream and berries
 
Note: You don’t have to add the chopped orange to the pudding if you prefer a smooth texture – the citrus flavour will still be there from the orange cooking water.