Matthew Hayden used to lick the bowl of this childhood favourite and says it goes perfectly with an after-dinner liqueur.


  • 1 cup self-raising flour

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • .75cup raw sugar

  • .5cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • .5 cup chopped macadamia nuts

  • .75 cup brown sugar

  • .25 cocoa powder

  • 1.75 hot water

  • Pinch of salt

  • Vanilla ice-cream, to serve


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

  • 2.

    Sift flour, salt and cocoa powder into a bowl and stir in the raw sugar. Add the milk, melted butter and vanilla essence. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add nuts and stir through. Spoon the mixture into a six-cup capacity ovenproof dish.

  • 3.

    Mix the brown sugar and extra cocoa powder together and sprinkle over the cake mixture.

  • 4.

    Carefully pour the hot water in at the side. Bake for 45 minutes then let stand for about 5 minutes.

  • 5.

    Scoop into bowls with plenty of sauce and serve with vanilla ice-cream.

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can this be cooked in a pudding basin?