• 2½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 6 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 2½ tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tbsp mild olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp full fat milk
  • 40g chocolate, finely chopped

Chocolate Pudding for Very “Busy” Children

Jess was busy last Saturday. She had a backlog of urgent business calls to make (to Nana), she was up to her neck in partly-finished colouring books, her room was far too tidy (which had to be corrected), and on top of that, perhaps most pressing of all, she had some female “colleagues” coming around later and simply had to practice screaming at the top of her voice to get the “pitch just right” for their arrival.

She really didn’t have much time for cooking with Daddy. But she decided if she could possibly squeeze it into her hectic schedule then it would have to be a chocolate-based recipe (again) and it would have to be quick. Very quick. We had a quick meeting in the boardroom (her bedroom) and she graciously put an entry in her diary for Silly Chefs. It started at 11:55 AM (sharp) and had to be over with by 11:58 AM. Eating the results was allocated a further 2 minutes, with an option to take a further 2 minutes should a second helping be offered. It wasn’t.

How we did it:

  • We found the quickest recipe we could for a chocolate pudding. We went for this one on goodhousekeeping.co.uk.
  • We took two coffee mugs and put 1/2 tbsp of the cocoa powder in each. Jess sneakily tried some and complained it didn’t taste like chocolate. I said, “that’s because it isn’t“.
  • We added 1 tbsp of golden syrup into each mug and mixed it into a paste.
  • Annie, her little sister, got involved as well and we then “attempted” to add the flour, sugar and remaining cocoa powder into a bowl. We cracked in the egg, added the oil and milk and mixed well.
  • Then we stirred in the chocolate.
  • We divided the mixture into the two mugs and microwaved for just over 1 minute.
  • We tipped the contents of each mug on to 2 separate plates and served with vanilla ice cream.

What we thought of it:

Jess tucked in. Annie tucked in. There were lots of contented eating noises. I turned around to ask Jess what she thought of it, but she was gone. We’ll never know.