January 12, 2010Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Sara Tries MCM Cooking!
This post is for you Ruth, our Goddess of MCM cooking! I am constantly amazed at all of your awesome MCM meal posts and the guts you have to make some of those crazy sounding meals. You know we all love to read them – and we especially love to see Tom’s reaction when he takes his first bite!
Before I get into my MCM recipe I had to post this link to a skit January Jones (Mad Men) did on Saturday Night Live because it reminds me of your MCM meals Ruth (when she talks about the crazy food combinations she is going to serve). Maybe we need to think about trying out that Fruit Punch recipe? 😉 Please everyone check this out, if you have not seen it already, you will really get a kick out of it.
OK y’all, I decided to get adventurous and give MCM cooking a try. But, I have to admit I am such a chicken about trying REALLY crazy things that I picked a dessert that Ruth featured a while back — and she said she liked it. Soooooo, I guess I am not reeeeeaaallly that adventurous huh? But I tried! The dessert I decided to make was Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, and it was featured in Ruth’s post here when she made the infamous Pizza Boats. It even sounds good doesn’t it – I mean Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, how could you go wrong with that??? Just add chocolate chip cookies to the mix and you would have all of my favorite desserts rolled into one! On with the fun!
I really tried to do this post like Ruth would do all of her MCM meal posts. So I took tons of pictures. Ruth – I give you props girl for taking pictures with one hand while pouring or mixing ingredients with the other hand. I never thought about that before I tried this recipe and boy it is not easy! Go Ruth!
The assembled ingredients. Wow, it does not look like very much does it?
Measuring out the Biscuit Mix.
Adding the Sugar.
Adding the Walnuts.
And finally, adding the milk.
And this is what you get – Sugary, Walnutty Biscuits! Just Kidding!
The batter ready to go into the greased pan.
Now for the fun stuff! Layering on the Brown Sugar.
Brown Sugar layer has been added.
Melting the Chocolate Chips. It was kind of like really watery dark chocolate cocoa.
Pouring the melted Chocolate Chips over the top of the mixture. This is REALLY where I can appreciate your one-handed picture taking Ruth! Trying to pour the watery chocolate, and take a picture, and not spill it everywhere – Hooray, I managed not to spill chocolate water everywhere!
All ready to go into the oven!
And, Ta Da! The finished Hot Fudge Pudding Cake. It looks kind of weird huh? But, I can assure you it will look much different once you flip it over. If you make this I recommend getting a flexible type plastic spatula and really scrape the bottom as much as possible when you are scooping out your piece. It probably won’t come out perfect looking anyway, but hey who cares when you are going to eat it immediately!
I REALLY wanted to get one of those great shots (like Ruth gets of Tom taking the first bite – and his reaction) but Mike was working about 8,000 hours a week when I made this and he had gotten home really late so, needless to say, he was not in the picture taking mood. But, I did want to assure you that my Bear REALLY loved it! 😉
I was curious, like Ruth was, about the whole mysterious pudding thing. But here is a picture of a piece after it is removed from the pan to prove the hot fudge pudding sauce will mysteriously appear. Hooray for mysterious hot fudge sauce making while in the oven! I think little oven elves came in while I wasn’t looking and slipped in the hot fudge sauce on the bottom. 🙂
The Verdict: Completely Awesome! I will probably be making this a bunch in the future, as my Husband and my Mom were both crazy about it and the recipe is super easy. I did try Ruth’ s recommendation (when she made this a while back) and added a whole bag of chocolate chips. I do agree with her that half a bag probably would not be enough chocolate. But, if you do not want a lot of chocolate, half a bag might be right for you. Also, I made this 2 times – once with Semi-Sweet Chips and once with Milk Chocolate Chips. Mike and I both preferred the sweeter Milk Chocolate, but the Semi-Sweet was fine too, esp. if you like that dark chocolate taste.
Well, I hope I did an OK job with my MCM cooking experiment, what do y’all think?