I am not used to having no time. I don’t know if this is all that student life is about, but I feel like if I do not have work to do, then I have people to meet. If I don’t have people to meet, I have to sleep. If I don’t have to sleep, I have to be travelling for 2 hours.
I no longer have a lot of time to enjoy my hobbies either. I love to bake, but I can’t spend 2 hours baking a cake, frosting it and then enjoying it. If there were an oven on my bus, it would be a lot easier.
So instead of focusing all my energy on getting everything done so I would have a spare hour here and there to bake what I want, I started making recipes that were fast, sweet and student budget-friendly. But all this without compromising the most important thing of all: flavour.
This cobbler-pie hybrid is made for one person. It doesn’t have to sit in your fridge getting soggier by the day, forcing you to eat it on a daily basis (or in one late-night sitting). It’s a mix of berries, chocolate, hot fudge and dough – it is choc-a-block full of awesome!
Let me paint you a picture: You are coming home at 8 pm after having finished a lecture, with a long night ahead because you have a quiz. Or assignment. Or anything. No one wants to kick off a late-night study sesh eating cold rice and curry, or old vegetables, or random pieces of meatloaf lying around the fridge. And two-minute noodles? Please.
In 15 minutes tops, you could have a fresh dessert dinner waiting for you. And while I am not advocating for dessert dinners all the time, it is so completely normal to want one once in a while!
So why not make it tonight?
Single Serve Hot Fudge Cobbler
▪ 3 tbs plain flour
▪ 1 tbs cocoa powder
▪ 2 tbs brown sugar
▪ 2 tbs caster sugar
▪ 3 – 4 tbs (42 – 56g) butter, melted
▪ 1 tsp vanilla essence
▪ 4 – 5 large strawberries, washed, roughly cut into small chunks
▪ Homemade or store bought hot fudge sauce
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2) Grease one ramekin.
3) Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
4) Mix together as much hot fudge as you want with strawberries and spoon into a ramekin – should come to halfway up the rim, but no more, otherwise it will completely burst out of the pastry while baking.
5) Mix together first six ingredients till doughy consistency.
6) Pat on top of fruit filling, covering it completely.
7) Place on baking sheet and bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until the crust has a couple of cracks – hot fudge may be coming out from the top.
8) Cool for 2 minutes before dousing in ice cream, more hot fudge and strawberries.