I have long been a huge fan of Nigella Lawson. I first discovered her when she did a food column for Vogue magazine. She was less well known then, not having written her cookery books, but has deservedly gone on to even greater heights. Today’s bake is one I used to do often when I had friends over for dinner. It was always a success, and is so easy to make. It is, as it says, a pudding cake. The texture is dense and slightly squidgy (technical term) and is more pudding than cake. I wrote the recipe down when I first baked it, and have since tried to Google it. I am unable to find this one other than looking at other bloggers’ sites. I am guessing it might have appeared in her Vogue column. There is a similar (but not identical) version with raspberries in her fabulous book “How to Eat“. But, again I cannot find this recipe online other than via other bloggers’ sites.
100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces.
300g good orange marmalade
2 eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
150g self raising flour.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter and flour a 20cm springform cake tin – or use a cake tin liner.
Put the butter in a heavy-based saucepan and melt over a low heat (you can also do it with a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water). When the butter is nearly melted, add the chocolate. Remove from the heat and stir until the butter and chocolate are smooth and liquid. Set aside to cool for a bit.
Add the marmalade and sugar (I used light muscovado sugar, but plain white sugar is fine too). Use any type of marmalade you like, one with a coarse shred adds more texture to the cake, but not everyone prefers that. Add the beaten eggs and mix well until amalgamated. Stir in the flour, and pour into the cake tin. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 50 minutes – ovens vary and I find my cake needs just under an hour of cooking time, but check, insert a skewer and if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out.
This pudding cake is best eaten slightly warm, with cream, mascarpone or crème fraiche. This is so simple and easy, and everyone will ask for the recipe!
Of course it would have looked a whole lot better if I had sifted a light dusting of icing sugar over the cake, but hey, it’s all about the taste, isn’t it!!
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful day 🙂