Between you and me, I quite enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes or adapting old ones, particularly if they fall into the ‘dessert’ department – I love making cakes, biscuits, pastries and that sort of thing, and I try to always bake instead of buy unless I simply don’t have time, or the effort involved in making something isn’t worth it for the result – a classic example of this is pain au chocolat, which take hours and hours to make and don’t taste that much nicer than good shop-bought ones, in my opinion anyway.
Last weekend I gave this a try, and I’d recommend it to anyone as it was really easy to make, can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance (not that it took very long to prepare, but handy never-the-less!), and it’s very, very yummy It even came out looking like it does in the picture which is something I rarely manage. I would, however, bear a few things in mind:
- The recipe says you need an oven dish capable of holding 2-3 litres – I’d say that if you think the biggest dish you have will be big enough, assume it isn’t and buy a bigger one. Mine overflowed whilst cooking and I ended up having to clean the oven afterwards (Top Tip for this by the way: empty the contents of a tub of bicarbonate of soda into the bottom of the oven, pour cold water over it, leave overnight, and wash off in the morning – works much better than any oven cleaner I’ve ever tried, and doesn’t smell!)
- Don’t worry (as I did) about pouring boiling water over it – it looked like a muddy swamp by the time I put it in the oven, but it all sorted itself out whilst cooking and did what it was meant to do
- It’s very, very rich, and only advisable in small portions if you’ve just eaten a big meal – it definitely needs ice cream or something with it too.
- I made a pudding that served 10 for two of us, but it kept really well in the fridge for about a week, reheated well in the microwave (you only need to pop it in for 30 seconds or so), and actually tasted pretty good cold after some time in the fridge
As an added bonus, you’ll probably end up with leftover marshmallows, which you can then add to hot chocolate, which is what I’m about to go and do right now – to the kitchen!