School Style Chocolate Concrete

It’s the ultimate comfort pudding. We all had it at school (usually with pink custard) – Chocolate concrete is having a revival! Every sandwich shop I go in lately has it in the cake display but in my household it’s never really gone away.

My mother used to be a dinner lady when I was a girl and when she left, one of the cooks gave her the recipe as a leaving present. It feels a little naughty to share it actually. As if I’m breaking some kind of ‘dinner lady code’. But here it is. And its amazing! Perfect hearty pudding for after a weekend roast. Sundays will never be the same again.

Pre heat oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180c

80z Self Raising Flour

1oz Cocoa powder

6oz caster sugar

6oz butter

1 egg

Melt the butter in a pan. Place flour, sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix together. Add the melted butter and the egg to the dry ingredients and combine. Grease a tray bake or swiss roll tin (approx 1inch deep). Put the mixture in the tin and pat it down until level and even. Bake for 15 mins if you like it soft. If you prefer it like real chocolate concrete bake for 15 mins, then turn the oven right down and leave it on the bottom shelf for another 15-30 mins depending on how crunchy you want it! Sprinkle with a little caster sugar while still warm.

Slather with custard and curl up on the sofa.

Freezes well.

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