I dropped in to a local coffeehouse on Friday just in time to catch the barista serving up an assortment of 'balance and clarity' (his words) with complimentary pieces of orange-infused dark chocolate. Delighted patrons mingled arms and exchanged smiles as they politely jockeyed for their share of splendor. I was tempted to push my way through the crowd but I was having too much fun observing. A generous cross-breeze was blowing through the open doors of the historic stone building with the white light of afternoon washing over the interior.
Another lousy day in paradise.
I love experiencing slices of life like that. Even though afternoon coffee is not generally my thing (I like to reserve my afternoon sip for a cuppa of matcha), I do enjoy a good java and the image and ambiance at Red Rock stayed with me through the weekend.
The cool thing about this recipe - apart from the taste - is its versatility. You can pack it up in a lunchbox, fancy it up with a dollop of crème fraîche for a dinner party or serve it, as I did here, with a delightful afternoon tea or coffee.
You will end up with a dark chewy exterior layer
and a soft, lighter-colored, molten interior
your pudding cake will have darker chewy pieces from the exterior
combined with a soft lighter-colored pudding beneath