Upside Down Chocolate Pudding (recipe)

Upside Down Chocolate Pudding

This post was originally published January 23, 2007. It has been updated once since then.

It was coming down to the wire for Sugar High Friday #27. The theme was chocolate and I still had no clue what I was going to make. Everything that I could think of required a trip to the supermarket which I wasn’t willing to do. Especially since I had already used my supermarket budget for this week. What could I make with ingredients that I already had on hand? I decided to turn to my copy of The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipes for the second time in the past 5 days. This book is already turning into a trusty sidekick, a very good sign!

As I flipped through the index I saw recipes for chocolate cookies, cake (there was a promising one-bowl recipe in particular, but it called for more mayo than I have on hand), and mousse… and then I saw it … a recipe for Upside Down Chocolate Pudding. I have seen recipes for molten chocolate puddings and cupcakes before. The descriptions and photos always intrigued me but I had never made one. Looking through the ingredient list I saw that I had everything on hand that I needed. This was gonna be my entry. This was it!

At first I pulled out my generic Canadian baking chocolate, but I thought, no this recipe was special enough to dip into my Trinidadian trinitario chocolate stash.

I don’t know why I don’t use my local Trinitario chocolate more. It’s cheaper and repeated accounts state that it is among the best (if not the best) cocoa in the world. It is also infinitely cheaper than the imported brands that line the shelves. Maybe it is because it seems so special and smells so heavenly and decadent that I feel I should squirrel it away? After the results of this recipe though I realize that there is no reason to let this extremely affordable gem go to waste away anymore! :)

Trinidad Chocolate

All in all I think that this is a great recipe for entertaining on short notice (or on a budget), as well as for those who consider themselves ‘baking challenged’. The recipe was a cinch to put together and seems to be practically foolproof in nature with results that are so decadent and beautiful that no one has to be any the wiser :) The pudding had a thin biscuit crust that covered a cake like fluffy layer that gradually got denser as it reached the thick creamy fudge like frosting on the bottom… YUM!

Upside-Down Chocolate Pudding
(from a recipe in The Good Home Cookbook: More Than 1000 Classic American Recipes)

INGREDIENTS:

1 ounce (1 square) baking chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 to 2/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I replaced these with chocolate chips!)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (preferable Dutch processed)
1 cup cold water

METHOD:

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish
3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat

4. Meanwhile, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, the baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
5. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract, then add the chocolate mixture and beat until smooth.
6. Stir in the nuts and pour the batter into the prepared baking dish

7. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, the brown sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth.

8. Sprinkle evenly over the pudding batter
9. Pour the water evenly over all

10. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the top layer appears set
11. Serve warm

Serves 6

Upside Down Chocolate Pudding

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  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    1) Where mine???
    2) I love chocolate
    3) I love that chocolate
    4) Is the chocolate tea the same trinitario chocolate?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i believe it is (trinitario) since that is supposedly the variety grown here :D it’s good :D !!!

      i have two serving spoons of pudding left :D NYAM!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    1) Where mine???
    2) I love chocolate
    3) I love that chocolate
    4) Is the chocolate tea the same trinitario chocolate?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i believe it is (trinitario) since that is supposedly the variety grown here :D it’s good :D !!!

      i have two serving spoons of pudding left :D NYAM!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    and none for me???
    i know it’s good
    *sigh*

    i don’t like richmond valley :-p
    i used to like roma but i got a bad batch once…i should try it again

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      richmond valley is love :D never had roma? :) yuh breakin’ up meh threadz man :D *licks spoon*

      • Marsha

        I remember the richmond valley cocoa song! But I have to agree about it not being my fav type of cocoa.
        Have you ever tried Godiva cocoa powder? Its so chocolatey and truffley!

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          no never tried godiva cocoa but i like godiva over all…
          richmond valley haters are gonna be reported to the US embassy… i wouldn’t be taking any flights in the near future if i were either of you :twisted:

      • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

        i does forget abt threads
        see
        the comment box already open
        so i forget to click the reply to make it follow the post

        *sigh*
        maybe it’s good thing i dont have them on my site
        but…
        i love them on LJ

        richmond
        blah! :-p

        richmond is jamaican, ent?

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          hehehe :D

          i’m tuluum on LJ :)

          richmond is jamaican :D :twisted:

          • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

            you have a LJ too?
            well
            okay
            i will go add you

            jamaican cocoa
            HMPH

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            :P

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    and none for me???
    i know it’s good
    *sigh*

    i don’t like richmond valley :-p
    i used to like roma but i got a bad batch once…i should try it again

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      richmond valley is love :D never had roma? :) yuh breakin’ up meh threadz man :D *licks spoon*

      • Marsha

        I remember the richmond valley cocoa song! But I have to agree about it not being my fav type of cocoa.
        Have you ever tried Godiva cocoa powder? Its so chocolatey and truffley!

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          no never tried godiva cocoa but i like godiva over all…
          richmond valley haters are gonna be reported to the US embassy… i wouldn’t be taking any flights in the near future if i were either of you :twisted:

      • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

        i does forget abt threads
        see
        the comment box already open
        so i forget to click the reply to make it follow the post

        *sigh*
        maybe it’s good thing i dont have them on my site
        but…
        i love them on LJ

        richmond
        blah! :-p

        richmond is jamaican, ent?

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          hehehe :D

          i’m tuluum on LJ :)

          richmond is jamaican :D :twisted:

          • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

            you have a LJ too?
            well
            okay
            i will go add you

            jamaican cocoa
            HMPH

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            :P

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    Great entry for SHF,Sarina. I love the gooeiness of chocolate pudding. Something so warm about it especially since its freezing here in Virginia

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s cold in virginia? :( such a pretty state :D thanks for liking the entry :D I love the gooiness too :) I am now a chocolate pudding devotee! :D

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    Great entry for SHF,Sarina. I love the gooeiness of chocolate pudding. Something so warm about it especially since its freezing here in Virginia

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it’s cold in virginia? :( such a pretty state :D thanks for liking the entry :D I love the gooiness too :) I am now a chocolate pudding devotee! :D

  • http://houseoflime.blogspot.com lime

    oooooh, i long ago ran our of richmond valley and i am DYING for some. you are right, it makes everything taste so much better. is there a way to order it somehow and get it here in the USA aside from asking friends to carry if for me?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hey lime :) so glad you agree that richmond valley is love :D don’t take on lilandra hehehe :) i just checked Trinifood.com but they didn’t have any… if you want to order some through me that is no problem :) I can check out the prices.
      I’m already shipping cookbooks, i can throw in a cocoa tin or two lol :D

      • Marsha

        Nikki is it a pain in the neck dealing with TT post? you seem to be doing fine with it but my sis and them seem to have problems sometimes sending me things and vice versa

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          what kinds of problems? stuff not arriving? or just taking slow? i haven’t had any probs to date… what kind of stuff have they been sending?

          • Marsha

            Well they were trying to send me makeup..because they dont have my matte aubergine lipstick here LOL…plus other silly things…and I was trying to send. All and sundry things like snacks or bath and body works stuff…sometimes they wont get it..and if they did they had to pay a lot of money to receive it! Even though I make sure to pay whatever fees on my end so they wont have to pay anything!

          • Marsha

            Well they were trying to send me makeup..because they dont have my matte aubergine lipstick here LOL…plus other silly things…and I was trying to send. All and sundry things like snacks or bath and body works stuff…sometimes they wont get it..and if they did they had to pay a lot of money to receive it! Even though I make sure to pay whatever fees on my end so they wont have to pay anything!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            how are you able to prepay the fees.. the fees are usually determined when they reach here… it’s usually 30% of the retail price… they will set a price if you don’t include an invoice… sometimes it’s more than 30% … the only things that are not charged are books and computer supplies/computers … i just paid $200 for a box of pressies from my friend Lynn …

            sometimes they will tief the stuff if you are sending it in… that’s why i have a skybox … :( www.caribbeanexpress.com … but shipping out they don’t really tief…

          • Marsha

            I asked them on this end if there was something I can do to avoid hem having to pay down there. I paid some thing and they added the receipt thing to the box etc…but sis and them had to pay still…oh well…whatever…
            is better when sis comes to visit and she gets what she wants…

          • Marsha

            I asked them on this end if there was something I can do to avoid hem having to pay down there. I paid some thing and they added the receipt thing to the box etc…but sis and them had to pay still…oh well…whatever…
            is better when sis comes to visit and she gets what she wants…

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            nah dread, you know trinis… they done steups at that piece of paper…

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            nah dread, you know trinis… they done steups at that piece of paper…

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          what kinds of problems? stuff not arriving? or just taking slow? i haven’t had any probs to date… what kind of stuff have they been sending?

  • http://houseoflime.blogspot.com lime

    oooooh, i long ago ran our of richmond valley and i am DYING for some. you are right, it makes everything taste so much better. is there a way to order it somehow and get it here in the USA aside from asking friends to carry if for me?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hey lime :) so glad you agree that richmond valley is love :D don’t take on lilandra hehehe :) i just checked Trinifood.com but they didn’t have any… if you want to order some through me that is no problem :) I can check out the prices.
      I’m already shipping cookbooks, i can throw in a cocoa tin or two lol :D

      • Marsha

        Nikki is it a pain in the neck dealing with TT post? you seem to be doing fine with it but my sis and them seem to have problems sometimes sending me things and vice versa

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          what kinds of problems? stuff not arriving? or just taking slow? i haven’t had any probs to date… what kind of stuff have they been sending?

          • Marsha

            Well they were trying to send me makeup..because they dont have my matte aubergine lipstick here LOL…plus other silly things…and I was trying to send. All and sundry things like snacks or bath and body works stuff…sometimes they wont get it..and if they did they had to pay a lot of money to receive it! Even though I make sure to pay whatever fees on my end so they wont have to pay anything!

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            how are you able to prepay the fees.. the fees are usually determined when they reach here… it’s usually 30% of the retail price… they will set a price if you don’t include an invoice… sometimes it’s more than 30% … the only things that are not charged are books and computer supplies/computers … i just paid $200 for a box of pressies from my friend Lynn …

            sometimes they will tief the stuff if you are sending it in… that’s why i have a skybox … :( www.caribbeanexpress.com … but shipping out they don’t really tief…

          • Marsha

            I asked them on this end if there was something I can do to avoid hem having to pay down there. I paid some thing and they added the receipt thing to the box etc…but sis and them had to pay still…oh well…whatever…
            is better when sis comes to visit and she gets what she wants…

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            nah dread, you know trinis… they done steups at that piece of paper…

  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I have this book, so I’m definitely going to make it!

    At first I wasn’t so sure about The Good Home Cookbook, but the more I’ve made from it, the more I like it. I’ve made the Whole Wheat Bread quite a few times and it’s really good.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      awesome :D !! I really like it so far as well :) I’ve been wary of cookbooks in the past that are based around the ‘classic americana’ theme (no offense!) but this one is really good! nice seeing your name round these parts again btw :D

  • http://www.jumboempanadas.blogspot.com Brilynn

    I have this book, so I’m definitely going to make it!

    At first I wasn’t so sure about The Good Home Cookbook, but the more I’ve made from it, the more I like it. I’ve made the Whole Wheat Bread quite a few times and it’s really good.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      awesome :D !! I really like it so far as well :) I’ve been wary of cookbooks in the past that are based around the ‘classic americana’ theme (no offense!) but this one is really good! nice seeing your name round these parts again btw :D

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    yummolicious, sarina :P even if i’m not the world’s biggest chocolate fiend.

    i love seeing ingredients from other parts of the world. also, don’t know that cookbook. what would you give it out of 10?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it is so yumm :D i wouldn’t say i’m a chocaholic but this really hit the spot :D and it’s not overly sweet either :D

      right now i’m giving this cookbook an 8 … if the savories are as yum as the sweet stuff i’ve tried i’ll give it a 9.5 cos it’s just so accessible and straightforward :D so we’ll wait and see :) i’ll do a proper writeup/review once i’ve explored and tested it some more :D

      i love seeing foreign ingredients too :D
      like fresh yeast!!! :D

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it is so yumm :D i wouldn’t say i’m a chocaholic but this really hit the spot :D and it’s not overly sweet either :D

      right now i’m giving this cookbook an 8 … if the savories are as yum as the sweet stuff i’ve tried i’ll give it a 9.5 cos it’s just so accessible and straightforward :D so we’ll wait and see :) i’ll do a proper writeup/review once i’ve explored and tested it some more :D

      i love seeing foreign ingredients too :D
      like fresh yeast!!! :D

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    yummolicious, sarina :P even if i’m not the world’s biggest chocolate fiend.

    i love seeing ingredients from other parts of the world. also, don’t know that cookbook. what would you give it out of 10?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      it is so yumm :D i wouldn’t say i’m a chocaholic but this really hit the spot :D and it’s not overly sweet either :D

      right now i’m giving this cookbook an 8 … if the savories are as yum as the sweet stuff i’ve tried i’ll give it a 9.5 cos it’s just so accessible and straightforward :D so we’ll wait and see :) i’ll do a proper writeup/review once i’ve explored and tested it some more :D

      i love seeing foreign ingredients too :D
      like fresh yeast!!! :D

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Yum! That is just mean to post something looking so good that we all can’t eat. We’d actually have to make our own.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      but it’s soooo easy :D give it a try :D :D :D

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      but it’s soooo easy :D give it a try :D :D :D

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Yum! That is just mean to post something looking so good that we all can’t eat. We’d actually have to make our own.

  • http://rachelsbite.blogspot.com Rachel

    Yum! That is just mean to post something looking so good that we all can’t eat. We’d actually have to make our own.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      but it’s soooo easy :D give it a try :D :D :D

  • http://thedancingfoodie.blogspot.com Honey

    Woo! That looks good, and not too tough to make. I think I’ll take that to the next potluck I attend.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      DEFINITELY :D let me know how it turns out :D

  • http://thedancingfoodie.blogspot.com Honey

    Woo! That looks good, and not too tough to make. I think I’ll take that to the next potluck I attend.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      DEFINITELY :D let me know how it turns out :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Anything with home chocolate must be good :-) all those flavours plus real cocoa…mmmm…looks reall good, that pudding!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      was real good! :D give it a whirl :D yuh back online or you sneaking a lil something ? :lol:

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      was real good! :D give it a whirl :D yuh back online or you sneaking a lil something ? :lol:

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Anything with home chocolate must be good :-) all those flavours plus real cocoa…mmmm…looks reall good, that pudding!

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Anything with home chocolate must be good :-) all those flavours plus real cocoa…mmmm…looks reall good, that pudding!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      was real good! :D give it a whirl :D yuh back online or you sneaking a lil something ? :lol:

  • Ian

    Hey! I love the recipe… I modified it slightly, but it turned out very good. I mixed in about 1/3 cup of dark chocolate pieces, 1/3 cup slivered almonds and 1/3 cup of smashed hard toffee from my almond roca recipe. I served it with a tart rasberry sauce.

    Thanks a million.

    Ian

  • Ian

    Hey! I love the recipe… I modified it slightly, but it turned out very good. I mixed in about 1/3 cup of dark chocolate pieces, 1/3 cup slivered almonds and 1/3 cup of smashed hard toffee from my almond roca recipe. I served it with a tart rasberry sauce.

    Thanks a million.

    Ian

  • Ian

    Hey! I love the recipe… I modified it slightly, but it turned out very good. I mixed in about 1/3 cup of dark chocolate pieces, 1/3 cup slivered almonds and 1/3 cup of smashed hard toffee from my almond roca recipe. I served it with a tart rasberry sauce.

    Thanks a million.

    Ian

  • lindsay

    I am wondering if it matters whether I use a metal or glass baking dish. I would like to use my glass one for this….do you think it would be just as fine?

  • lindsay

    I am wondering if it matters whether I use a metal or glass baking dish. I would like to use my glass one for this….do you think it would be just as fine?

  • lindsay

    I am wondering if it matters whether I use a metal or glass baking dish. I would like to use my glass one for this….do you think it would be just as fine?

  • Sebastian

    WOW this looks amazing. you arent joking around I see. I am looking into buying Trinitario chocolate… I like the chocolate from valrhona which uses trinidad chocolate in it. its really good, and yes trini chocolate is very highly regarded.

  • Sebastian

    WOW this looks amazing. you arent joking around I see. I am looking into buying Trinitario chocolate… I like the chocolate from valrhona which uses trinidad chocolate in it. its really good, and yes trini chocolate is very highly regarded.

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com The Duo Dishes

    UM! You’re kidding?!?! That looks too good to be true. And yet is is. Because it’s right there! Wowzas.

    The Duo Dishes’s last blog post..This Is When You Know It’s Worth It

  • http://duodishes.wordpress.com The Duo Dishes

    UM! You’re kidding?!?! That looks too good to be true. And yet is is. Because it’s right there! Wowzas.

    The Duo Dishes’s last blog post..This Is When You Know It’s Worth It

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