Personally I prefer the Nigella in Nigella bites, as she seems more real with the usual hassles of having small kids, minimum make up and all . In the more recent episodes, she seems a bit too perfectly done. But then again I love her recipes and most of them are pretty cheap and easy to prepare.
So for this week's IHCC's April Potluck I am making Nigella's Chocolate Pear Pudding and I think it makes a good desert when feeding a crowd or when on a budget.
Recipe: Slightly Modified version of Nigella's Chocolate Pear Pudding
1 can of Pears ( 820g), drained
65g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder ( level spoon)
75 butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
a few tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to about 200 degree celcius , Lightly butter a small cup capacity oven proof dish. Arrange the pears at the bottom, cut side down.
In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together , then add the eggs and vanilla essence. Sift in flour, baking powder and cocoa together in. Mix well. If it looks a little dry ( supposed to be dropping consistency ,a bit thicker than cake batter) add a few tablespoons of milk ( mine ended up too thick so I added a a few tablespoons of milk).
Spread it over the pears and bake for 30 - 45 minutes till a skewer or toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Remove and let it settle for 10 minutes before serving .
I served this as it is but Nigella served this with chocolate sauce.
Linking this to IHCC's April Potluck . event.