Friday night is usually treat night in our house. Just a little something nice of an eaty treaty nature for getting through the worky/schooly/collegey week. Nothing OTT - just a little family tradition we have here.
Alas, it's a week from pay day and we are, as they say dahhhn sarf.... boracic lint mate. There was nothing of an eaty treaty nature in the house. Nope. Nary a chocolate bar, a crisp nor a crumb of a biscuit in the cupboards and I can assure you we checked every nook and cranny! My son was lying on the sofa all pale and wan recovering from a streaming cold and declared that he was positively weak with hunger. My poor boy. What a terrible Mother I am. This was clearly an emergency of epic proportions.
After doing a quick costume change in the broom cupboard I emerged triumphant as Super Mum and headed to the kitchen to see if I could remedy the situation.
It was time for a storecupboard staple - Choccie Mug Pudding!! It's so simple and quick to do and satisies a starving teenager's sweet craving. It's probably even cheaper than chips and there's no messing around with mixers, bowls and all that malarkey usually involved in cakey bakey goings on.
So - find yourself a good mug sized mug. A delicate and dainty teacup simply will not do on this occasion.
Into it chuck 4 tablespoons of SR flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and mix together. Then add 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk and 3 tablespoons of oil (or melted butter if you can be bovvered to melt it!), 1/4 teasp of vanilla essence (or peppermint, or orange) 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips (if you have em - we didn't!). Mix reaaaaaallly well so the dry ingredients are integrated into the wet ingredients and there's no little pockets of flour lurking in the bottom of the mug.
Then - whack it into the microwave for 3 mins until the puddingy cakey thingie has risen well and has set nice and firm. I usually check after about 2 and a half mins as my microwave is a bit feisty. Turned out onto a plate and accompanied with some vanilla yoghurt - or cream if you feel decidedly decadent - or custard if you feel so inclined - and there you have it!
To be honest you could cut it in half and share 'cos it's quite a large portion really.... Master Pod didn't feel like sharing tho.... shocked aren't you?!